PokerStars was built in part on his legend, so it’s only fitting that Chris Moneymaker has been on fire since coming to New Jersey for the stateside return of the red spade.

As soon as the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champ arrived in Atlantic City, he got to work. PokerStars Festival New Jersey at Resorts Casino Hotel was on the horizon, but Moneymaker had more pressing matters to attend to on the virtual felt. The New Jersey Championship of Online Poker was underway, and Moneymaker hopped into the action.

He navigated his way to the final table of the $350 Sunday Special $75,000 Guaranteed event, where he found himself heads up with Jesse “ROU$EY” Elliot. The two came to an agreement to chop the remaining prize money that saw Moneymaker walk away with $15,942, about $2,000 less than Elliot got.

Moneymaker was far from done, though. His next deep run came in the $100 Heads-Up Pot-Limit Omaha, where he finished third for $550. His PLO success would continue the very next day in the $50 Six-Max PLO Rebuy, where he got third once again for just over $1,900.

Fresh off of almost $20,000 in cashes, one could say Moneymaker was coming in hot when the Festival started on Sunday morning with the $340 PokerStars Cup. The heater continued. He entered the morning flight and promptly bagged a stack. Not done for the day, he transitioned right back into PLO, this time of the hi-low $560 turbo variety. Moneymaker chopped the small event for just under $2,000 and the trophy.

Hopping from event to event has barely left Moneymaker a moment away from the felt, either virtual or real. After busting the PokerStars Cup in 11th place for $720, Moneymaker quickly entered a $1,000 turbo but busted out after a few hours. Before heading off for dinner and a much-needed break, the former world champ took a breath and shared his initial impressions of the event.

“This is the most unique poker event I’ve been to,” he observed. “It’s a really cool venue.”

Indeed, the expansive tournament room features a variety of state-of-the-art tables, with color-coded rails that can be changed via remote to help separate different tournaments and direct players. A corner of the room has small casino games set up where players can enter small day-long tournaments for $25. There’s a lounge where players can get refreshments and relax, and a multimedia station set up where players can stream via Twitch, as Moneymaker did just before playing Day 2 of the PokerStars Cup.

“They also have the StarsFun room,” Moneymaker said, referencing a room down the hall where guests can play basketball, golf, darts, and other mini-games, some featuring daily contests. “It makes it a lot more enjoyable experience for most players.”

PokerStars was built in part on his legend, so it’s only fitting that Chris Moneymaker has been on fire since coming to New Jersey for the stateside return of the red spade.

As soon as the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champ arrived in Atlantic City, he got to work. PokerStars Festival New Jersey at Resorts Casino Hotel was on the horizon, but Moneymaker had more pressing matters to attend to on the virtual felt. The New Jersey Championship of Online Poker was underway, and Moneymaker hopped into the action.

He navigated his way to the final table of the $350 Sunday Special $75,000 Guaranteed event, where he found himself heads up with Jesse “ROU$EY” Elliot. The two came to an agreement to chop the remaining prize money that saw Moneymaker walk away with $15,942, about $2,000 less than Elliot got.

Moneymaker was far from done, though. His next deep run came in the $100 Heads-Up Pot-Limit Omaha, where he finished third for $550. His PLO success would continue the very next day in the $50 Six-Max PLO Rebuy, where he got third once again for just over $1,900.

Fresh off of almost $20,000 in cashes, one could say Moneymaker was coming in hot when the Festival started on Sunday morning with the $340 PokerStars Cup. The heater continued. He entered the morning flight and promptly bagged a stack. Not done for the day, he transitioned right back into PLO, this time of the hi-low $560 turbo variety. Moneymaker chopped the small event for just under $2,000 and the trophy.

Hopping from event to event has barely left Moneymaker a moment away from the felt, either virtual or real. After busting the PokerStars Cup in 11th place for $720, Moneymaker quickly entered a $1,000 turbo but busted out after a few hours. Before heading off for dinner and a much-needed break, the former world champ took a breath and shared his initial impressions of the event.

“This is the most unique poker event I’ve been to,” he observed. “It’s a really cool venue.”

Indeed, the expansive tournament room features a variety of state-of-the-art tables, with color-coded rails that can be changed via remote to help separate different tournaments and direct players. A corner of the room has small casino games set up where players can enter small day-long tournaments for $25. There’s a lounge where players can get refreshments and relax, and a multimedia station set up where players can stream via Twitch, as Moneymaker did just before playing Day 2 of the PokerStars Cup.

“They also have the StarsFun room,” Moneymaker said, referencing a room down the hall where guests can play basketball, golf, darts, and other mini-games, some featuring daily contests. “It makes it a lot more enjoyable experience for most players.”