The Winning Hand

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. 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.