Chris Moneymaker Wins Two New Jersey SCOOP Titles After Getting Coached by Fellow WSOP Champ Joe McKeehen

With the worldwide PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on the horizon, the United States is getting its taste with the New Jersey SCOOP, running now in the Garden State. Over the weekend, Chris Moneymaker not only won two titles, he final tabled two others.

Chris Moneymaker has captured several live titles in New Jersey, including the 2016 PokerStars Festival Event #6: $560 PLO Hi/Lo Turbo. (Image: PokerStars/Joe Giron)

Making Money

The PokerStars New Jersey Spring Championship of Online Poker (NJSCOOP), which was comprised of 40 tournaments each with both a low and high variant, ran from April 14-30 and offered more than $1.3 million in guaranteed prize pools.

Among those to walk away with titles was “s3lfreliance,” who defeated a 272-entry field to win the Sunday Special NJSCOOP Edition for $17,003.

Meanwhile, Moneymaker was able to capture two titles and came close to winning two others all while streaming his play on Twitch.  Here’s a look at Moneymaker’s weekend success.

1st in Event #33-H ($200 NLHE Final Weekend Kickoff) for $5,445.55
1st in Event #34-H ($200 Stud Hi/Lo) for $2,631.98
2nd in Event #35-H ($50+R NLHE 3-Max) for $2,485.27
4th in Event #36-H ($200 Mixed NLHE/PLO, Progressive KO) for $1,113.86 + $947.44 in bounties

Meanwhile, the two winners of the Main Events received a $30K Platinum Pass package to the PokerStars Player’s NL Hold’em Championship, which will take place in January in The Bahamas. Taking down the NJSCOOP High Main Event for $5,302 and the pass was “hubbiee.”

McKeehen Coaches Moneymaker

CLC’s Joe McKeheen (Image: WPT)

Part of Moneymaker’s recent success can be attributed to him joining the Chip Leader Coaching site, which was founded in 2016 by World Series of Poker bracelet winners Chance Kornuth and John Beauprez.

“I was on social media one day and ran across something about Chance’s new training site,” Moneymaker told CardsChat. “I had done some other training sites. I’m always looking for different idea, not only for myself, but when I teach others I want to make sure I’m up to speed on all the latest in poker.”

Moneymaker realized his game needed tuning after six consecutive years of failing to win six figures.

“This is a very competitive game, and people are always improving,” he said. “If you’re not, obviously you’re being left behind. There was a long period of time I thought I was a really good player. I thought for 7-8 years I was great, but it wasn’t until later that I thought maybe I’m not as good as I think I am.”

You start talking to people and realize I’m not just that good anymore, not seeing situations and opportunities. So now I’m trying to hear as many opinions as I can and figure out what works for my game.”

Moneymaker has been spending time with his coach, Joe McKeehen, who happens to be a former WSOP Main Event winner. Not only that, the 2015 WSOP champ has been on fire as he’s already won $664,375 in 2018, which comes after four consecutive years of seven-figures in live cashes.

“I like the fact that he is a World Champ,” said Moneymaker. “Like it or not, people play different against us than the typical player. People are typically a little more polarized. He has the same experiences I have playing at the table where you sort of have a target on your back. There’s probably only about 15 people out there these days that the average poker fan will recognize, and the fact that Chip Leader Coaching has one of them on their roster in Joe McKeehen, I thought it was the perfect fit for me.”

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