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Chris Moneymaker and PokerStars parted ways at the end of 2020, ending a 17-year relationship between the 2003 World Series of Poker main event champion and one of the world’s largest poker sites. Wpp poker.

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Moneymaker wasn’t a free agent for long, however. Less than five weeks after splitting with PokerStars, Moneymaker found a new sponsor. Wednesday afternoon, Americas Cardroom announced that they had signed the former Tennessee accountant to be a team pro for the site. The American-facing online site called it the “biggest online poker news of 2021” in the announcement tweet.

WSOP Main Event Champion. Online Poker Revolutionary. And now #ACRTeamPro.
We’re thrilled to welcome @CMONEYMAKER to the Americas Cardroom family. Read the official announcement here.https://t.co/7rHFHLP9Gz#VenomTournament#Millionaire#ACR#moneymaker#chrismoneymakerpic.twitter.com/gyhFVmHmx8

— Americas Cardroom (@ACR_POKER) February 3, 2021


In a video response to his split with PokerStars at the end of 2020, the Poker Hall of Famer said that he was likely going to “play a little less poker in the immediate future and explore other endeavors.”

The search for a gig outside of poker didn’t last long, as he signed with the second poker site of his career just over a month after parting with the first.

In a press release, Moneymaker said that he wasn’t qualified to do much else besides playing poker. As far as playing is concerned, Stars is only operational in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan, whereas Americas Cardroom is available to poker players in all 50 states. Moneymaker doesn’t have to travel to New Jersey just to play an online poker tournament. He could play on ACR from the comfort of his Mississippi home.

“I’m 45 years old, I’ve got 3 kids, I can’t not work,” said Moneymaker. “But I’m not qualified for anything anymore. I couldn’t do your taxes as good as H&R block could do them. My only qualification in life is ‘Do you want fries with that?’”

Aside from his main event victory, which put him on the map, Moneymaker earned an additional $1.4 million on the felt, bringing his total career tournament earnings to $3.9 million.

Moneymaker scored a sponsorship deal with PokerStars after he qualified for the 2003 WSOP main event on their site in an $86 satellite and parlayed that into a main event victory and $2.5 million score. PokerStars steadily dropped most of their sponsored pros, including fellow Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu in 2019. With Moneymaker’s signing, both Negreanu and Moneymaker have found new sponsorship homes as Negreanu signed a deal with GGPoker just five months after his departure from PokerStars.

Moneymaker joins a roster that is full of poker’s newer faces, including vloggers Jeff “Boski” Sluzinski and Ryan DePaulo, as well as streamers Jon Pardy, Drew Gonzalez, and Ebony Kenney.

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From January 22-31, the Lone Star Poker Series held its second-ever stop, which was hosted by Champions Social in Houston, Texas. The 16-event series (check out our live blog here) proved to be a popular festival as the tournaments catered to a combined 2,288 entrants and awarded $932,535 in prize money. Not only that, every day featured a live stream allowing fans to watch both cash game and final table action.

The stop started with a bang as Event #1: $400 Super Stack Kickoff drew an impressive 546 runners, which created a $177,450 prize pool, well ahead of the $100,000 guaranteed. Stephen Hart won that tournament for $32,000 and the silver belt buckle trophy.

Other notable winners included Bridgette Adkins winning Event #3: $300 NLH Ladies Only for $3,155 and a Tiffany bracelet, five-time World Series of Poker Circuit ring winner Ray Henson taking down Event #5: $400 8-Game for $4,160, John Samuelson topping a 91-entry field to win Event #11: $600 PLO Championship II for $13,028, and Logan Hewett proving himself a bounty hunter by emerging victorious in Event #13: $600 Lone Star Surprise Bounty for $15,566.

While all of those events awarded money clips as the trophy, the $600 Main Event offered up a custom silver belt buckle to the winner.

Mark-Ellis Cortez Wins Main Event

This past weekend, the Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social $600 Main Event more than doubled its $200K GTD by drawing 877 entrants over four starting flights. That resulted in a $447,270 prize pool that was paid out to the top 107 finishers.

Among those to cash but fall short of the final table were Event #9: $400 PLO Double Black Chip Bounty champ Keith Norris (10th - $5,950), James Juvancic (16th - $4,850), Tom Hudson (27th - $2,500), Tiffany Keathley (35th - $2,100), Event #14: $400 Big-O 8-Max winner Schuyler Thornton (41st - $1,850), David Shaw (57th - $1,500), Tom Laplante (69th - $1,375), John Mingus III (80th - $1,275), La Sengphet (94th - $1,200), and Rudolph Bourg (107th - $1,200).

The final table had several accomplished players including Lone Star Poker Tour co-founder Hayden Fortini and poker pro Chan Pelton, who according to The Hendon Mob have career earnings of $625,282 and $646,601 respectively.

With a slow and steady structure, it proved to be a lengthy affair with Pelton bowing out in eighth place for $8,600 and Fortini taking his leave in fourth place for $25,400. After Kristopher Burchfield exited in third place for $35,800, the title came down to local player Mark-Ellis Cortez and Brandon Bergin of Fayetteville, Georgia.

The former ultimately prevailed to win the title and $81,720 first-place prize. It was far and away Cortez’s largest poker score; in fact, the only other cash he has on The Hendon Mob is from 2019 and for a modest $1,500.

LSPS Champions Social Main Event Final Table Results

1Mark-Ellis Cortez$81,720
2Brandon Bergin$49,550
3Kristopher Burchfield$35,800
4Hayden Fortini$25,400
5Richard Semander$18,200
6Amir Soleymani$13,850
7Ryan Vanderpoorten$10,500
8Chan Pelton$8,600
9Jeremy Tinsley$7,200

Justin Brassieur Wins Two Events

One of the stop’s breakout players was Louisiana’s Justin Brassieur, who captured two titles. The first came when he topped a small 25-entry field to win Event #12: $250 NLH Nightly Turbo for $1,870 after a three-way deal that saw Lone Star Poker Tour founder Kim Stone finish as runner-up for $1,723 and Catherine Young take third for $1,407.

A few days later, he secured a much larger payday in Event #16: $400 NLH Monster Stack, which drew 134 entries. This time Brassieur won $10,000 after a three-way deal with Texas players Amjad Khan and Kedron Guinn, who each took $6,714 for finishing second and third respectively.

To top it all off, Brassieur notched a 40th-place finish in the Main Event for $2,100.

Lone Star Poker Series Champions Social Winners

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TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $400 Super Stack Kickoff546$177,450Stephen Hart$32,000
Event #2: $400 NLH Sunday Special68$22,100Carlos Requena$6,030
Event #3: $300 NLH Ladies Only36$8,640Bridgette Adkins$3,155
Event #4: $400 NLH 6-Max60$19,500Adam Elfazzani$5,055
Event #5: $400 8-Game32$10,400Ray Henson$4,160
Event #6: $250 NLH Turbo33$6,600Doug Ngo$1,694
Event #7: $400 NLH Mega Stack97$31,525Darren Hicks$7,409
Event #8: $400 Triple Draw 3-Game Mix26$8,450Casey Robbins$4,225
Event #9: $400 PLO Double Black Chip Bounty36$11,700Keith Norris$1,800
Event #10: $400 NLH Double Black Chip Bounty62$20,150Linh Dinh$2,306
Event #11: $600 PLO Championship II91$46,410John Samuelson$13,028
Event #12: $250 NLH Nightly Turbo25$5,000Justin Brassieur$1,870
Event #13: $600 Lone Star Surprise Bounty109$55,590Logan Hewett$15,566
Event #14: $400 Big-O 8-Max56$18,200Schuyler Thornton$5,460
Event #15: $600 Main Event877$447,270Mark-Ellis Cortez$81,720
Event #16: $400 NLH Monster Stack134$43,550Justin Brassieur$10,000
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