We all know Chris Moneymaker is one of the game’s great ambassadors. The ongoing Moneymaker’s Road to the PSPC is evidence of that, with the tour having gone global this year.
Speaking of going global, over the holiday break Moneymaker continued his ambassador-like ways with an entertaining (and informative) guest appearance on the new Mongolian Poker Podcast.
Mongolia is a large country, although perhaps might not appear as such on a map thanks to being bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south. With a population of over three million, the country features both beautiful mountainous landscapes and rolling plateaus — and a lot of people who are enthusiastic about the world’s favorite card game.
Online poker in particular continues to grow in popularity in Mongolia, and in 2017 a group of players started the Mongolian Poker Team in order to discuss strategy and help each other improve at the game. Last last year the MPT started the Mongolian Poker Podcast, and just before Christmas they had Moneymaker on as a guest for one of their first episodes.
You can listen to the entire show below. Moneymaker begins by recounting learning blackjack from his father and only after losing steadily finally finding his way to the poker tables where he enjoyed some modest success. Then came online poker and signing up for an account on PokerStars in 2002, and Moneymaker shares some fun anecdotes from the big satellite win that sent him to Las Vegas in May 2003.
From there the conversation turns toward the 2003 WSOP Main Event and Moneymaker hits all the highlights — knocking out Johnny Chan, Sammy Farha refusing a heads-up deal, the “Bluff of the Century,” and how no one believed “Moneymaker” was his real name.
During the second half of the show Moneymaker provides a lot of great, concrete advice to online poker players, especially those who are just starting out. Among topics covered are bankroll management, the value of studying when away from the table, and learning to deal with the game’s ups and downs.
They also cover different styles of play including how to play exploitatively and why tight-aggressive is often preferable (especially for beginners), as well as what qualities make a great poker player.