The World Series of Poker was already steadily gaining popularity before 2003. But that year, the perfect confluence of television, the Internet and an amateur gambler named Moneymaker turned the event into a national phenomenon. Grantland.com writer Eric Raskin recaps the 10-year anniversary of that monumental tournament in a dramatic oral history, enhanced by video footage of the event’s most climactic moments. The story of how Chris Moneymaker—an accountant from Tennessee who had never played in a live poker tournament, and won a seat into the WSOP after entering a $39 online satellite tournament—proceeded to win the $2.5 million Main Event contains more drama than any script Hollywood could produce. You don’t need to know a damn thing about poker to enjoy this account of the ultimate underdog’s rise to the top, a victory that continues to send shock waves throughout the poker world a decade later.
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.