Moneymaker dominating Tunica

Chris Moneymaker

2003 WSOP Main Event champ Chris Moneymaker is absolutely dominating the World Poker Open in Tunica, Mississippi heading into Tuesday's final table.

With nine players remaining, Moneymaker has over one million of the 2.5 million chips in play.

Only fellow Team PokerStars Pro Chad Brown and his 433,500 in chips are even close.

Won by Clonie Gowen in 2008 when she beat 106 others to take the $183,224 top prize, the $5k buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Main Event started with 126 players Sunday creating a $601,100 prize pool this year.

Moneymaker, who booked his seat by winning a $500 Pot-Limit Omaha preliminary event last week, began his meteoric rise early on the second day of the event, that started with just 42 players.

He hit a gutshot to bust one player and took the rest of a third player's chips just moments later to move up the leader board.

He then ran a massive bluff to take the chip lead, cracked Harrah's New Orleans WSOPC event finalist Kenny Milam's kings by making two pair and by the time the 18-person money bubble rolled around; he had roughly one quarter of all the chips in play.

Moneymaker played classic big-stack poker crushing the bubble and ran another huge and succesful bluff against Day 1 chip leader Mike Wang to cement the lead heading into the final.

First place in the event pays $192,953 and a seat at the upcoming WPT Southern Poker Championship at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi this January.

The final table will begin play Tuesday at 2 p.m. CT from the Gold Strike Casino Resort.

Other noteables in the event who failed to make the final included 2009 WSOP Main Event final table bubble boy Jordan Smith, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso, Poker VT's Adam Junglen and online stars Mike "GoLeafsGoEh" Leah and Shaun Deeb.

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