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MGM Grand to host Moneymaker Tour guaranteeing over $1.3 million in prize pools

Twenty one years after Chris Moneymaker sparked the poker boom, The Moneymaker Tour is heading to Las Vegas, the tour announced today.

An agreement with MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will see the Tour’s first edition in the city that witnessed the original arrival of its founder to the poker scene. The Moneymaker Tour will join the summer poker action in Las Vegas from June 28 to July 6 at MGM Grand with a series guarantee of $1.3 million across six trophy events.

The feature event of the stop will be the $1,700 Main Event which boasts a $1 million guarantee and will run from July 3 – July 6. MGM Grand will host its third Summer Poker festival starting May 29 and feature 39 trophy events and over $3.7 million in total guarantees (including the Moneymaker Tour week).

“Las Vegas is the beating heart of the poker world. It’s where the game’s legends and stories, including Chris’, have been made,” said Tony Burns, Executive Manager. “To host an event in the same city that Chris won the 2003 Main Event in is a full circle moment. We are excited to partner with MGM Grand this Summer and look forward to being a part of their festival on June 28th thru July 6th. The Moneymaker Tour was created in 2023 by 2003 WSOP Champion and ACR Team Pro, Chris Moneymaker and Moneymaker Tour Executive Manager, Tony Burns.

The Tour was conceived as a way for Moneymaker to give poker players opportunities to have their own ordinary to extraordinary moments as he did. Since its inception, there have been seven events in locations such as Florida, Cincinnati, Houston and Ohio.

Steven Pique, MGM Grand’s Director of Poker, said, “Our 2024 Summer Poker Festival kicks off later this month and we look forward to hosting the Moneymaker Tour in our MGM Grand Poker room. The main event will culminate with a No Limit Hold ‘em $1 million guarantee, one of the highest we’ve offered our tournament players. Chris Moneymaker embodies the spirit of poker through his tireless efforts and positive contributions to this great game.”


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Following a hugely successful first event in Cincinnati, Ohio in September 2023, the Moneymaker Tour is returning to the Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati on September 17 – 30, 2024 with a packed schedule that will guarantee more than $1 million across 15 trophy events. 

In September 2023’s inaugural stop at Hard Rock Cincinnati, the $1,500 Main Event was contested by 788 players and won by Joseph Bakun for $208,034. He was joined at the final table by Chris Moneymaker himself and WSOP Champion Joseph McKeehen and as well as the top cash prize, he also took home a crystal Moneymaker Tour trophy and a guitar trophy.

The Moneymaker Tour was created in 2023 by 2003 WSOP Champion and ACR Team Pro, Chris Moneymaker and Moneymaker Tour Executive Manager, Tony Burns. The Tour was conceived as a way for Moneymaker to give poker players opportunities to have their own ordinary to extraordinary moments as he did.

Despite its relative newcomer status, the Moneymaker Tour has made a name for itself, recently being voted the third most popular live poker tournament series behind only the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour, in a State of Poker survey. Since its inception, there have been eight events throughout Florida, Cincinnati and Houston.

The Tour has also recently announced new venues including a first visit to the birthplace of the Moneymaker boom with an event in Las Vegas from June 28 – July 6 at MGM Grand and its first international Main Event at Casino Aruba in October.

“Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati will team up with the Moneymaker Tour for a return in 2024” said Christopher Herbert, Hard Rock Cincinnati Manger of Poker & Sportsbook. “Hard Rock Cincinnati is grateful to be a part of the fastest growing poker tour in 2023. Chris Moneymaker, Tony Burns and their staff delivered an incredible experience for our guests during the 2023 Moneymaker Tour stop. There’s no better place to be in September 2024 than Cincinnati Ohio!”

“After an amazing series last September, we are excited to return to Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati”, said Tony Burns, Executive Manager of the Moneymaker Tour. “Continuing to partner with one of the most recognisable brands in the world amplifies our reach, resonates with our audience, and rocks our business to a whole other level.”

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Poker players who want to cash-in on Vegas’ biggest summer series without playing a hand are heading to ACR Poker.

The popular online poker site is debuting its Fantasy Poker League: Vegas. “Everyone loves Fantasy Sports and now we’re capturing the same excitement for all the hot poker action in Vegas this summer,” stated ACR Pro, Chris Moneymaker. “This is truly the ultimate Fantasy Poker showdown, and you won’t want to miss it.”

From May 15th to 28th, the Fantasy Poker League: Vegas offers players worldwide the opportunity to draft their dream poker team for a chance to win cash prizes. Participants choose up to eight poker pros with an allotted budget amount. Points are then earned as the pros compete in live poker events in Sin City’s hottest summer series.

As the series unfolds, players can track their team’s progress on the daily leaderboard to determine how their selected teams are performing against the competition.

There are three fantasy leagues to choose from, and they cost $20, $100, or $500, with no added fees from ACR Poker. And there’s no limit on the number of teams that a person can create. Moneymaker also added that participants can conveniently choose their team(s) from the Rewards Section of the ACR Poker client.

For more info on the Fantasy Poker League: Vegas, visit the promo page at


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The upcoming Moneymaker Main Event will take place at The Casino Aruba, and feature a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000

The Moneymaker Tour has announced a new partnership with The Caribbean Poker Series to host the first international Moneymaker Main Event in Aruba in October 4 – 6, 2024.

Set against the backdrop of Aruba’s stunning beaches and lively culture, The Moneymaker Tour will coincide with the $300,000 guaranteed Caribbean Poker Series, which will take place at The Casino Aruba at Hilton from September 26 to October 6, and offer players of all levels the chance to compete for prestigious prizes.

“A collaboration between Moneymaker Poker Tour and The Caribbean Poker Series will create a synergy that benefits both organizations, as well as poker players and fans around the world,” said Craig Evans, Managing Director of the Caribbean Poker Series.

The Moneymaker Tour Main Event will bring players three days of fun poker action from Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6, 2024. The $1,500 buy-in Main Event, will bolster a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000.

Established by 2003 WSOP Champion and ACR Team Pro, Chris Moneymaker and Moneymaker Tour Executive Manager, Tony Burns in 2023, the Moneymaker Tour was conceived as a way to provide poker players with the opportunity to experience their own ordinary to extraordinary moments, mirroring Moneymaker’s journey.

“Chris Moneymaker’s Main Event win in 2003 not only had an impact on poker in the United States, but around the globe. We are excited to partner with the Caribbean Poker Series to host our first international Moneymaker Tour Main Event”, said Tony Burns, Executive Manager.

The Moneymaker Tour, which saw its inaugural stop in May 2023, has been steadily increasing in popularity. Its second series of 2024 at Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida, drew players from around the globe, where Pavlos Kasselouris seized victory in the $500,000 guaranteed Main Event, claiming $121,485 in prize money and the coveted Moneymaker crystal trophy.

The Tour’s current stop at Daytona Beach, Florida wraps up today, and after paying out over $600,000 in guaranteed prize pools.

Following the event at Daytona Beach, the Moneymaker Tour will return to Palm Beach Kennel Club in Florida from May 2-14, 2024.


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