5 of diamonds. 4 of spades.
That’s the hand that ushered me into the poker spotlight and changed the game of poker forever. With a Jack of Spades, 5 of Spades, 4 of Clubs, 8 of Diamonds, and 5 of Hearts on the board, I would go on to win the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event and inspire a new generation of poker players.
But while that hand was the turning point in my career, it’s what happened before I got to Vegas that would come to define me.
Months earlier, I turned an $86 online satellite into a WSOP Main Event seat, sparking what’s now known as the Moneymaker Effect. I take great pride in knowing I had a significant hand in sparking the online poker boom. And today, I’m just as passionate about the game as I was when I won that WSOP bracelet.