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Moneymaker's ancestors made silver and gold coins and chose the name "Moneymaker" as a modification of their German last name: "Nurmacher."
Moneymaker has been married twice. He and his first wife divorced in 2004; as he would say in an interview for a 10-year retrospective on the 2003 WSOP Main Event,
With his first wife, Moneymaker "has a daughter, Ashley, born three months before" he won the WSOP main event. He married his current wife, Christina Wren, in
Moneymaker was working as an accountant when he won a seat into the main event of the 2003 World Series of Poker through a
His autobiography, Moneymaker: How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 Million at the World Series of Poker was published in March 2005. Eric Raskin, editor of All In Magazine, compiled an oral history of the 2003 WSOP Main Event, which included input from three dozen top poker personalities who were involved, also titled The "Moneymaker Effect.”
On the World Poker Tour Moneymaker finished second at the 2004 Shooting Stars event and won $200,000.
During Event 5 of the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker which was a $10,300 buy-in of No Limit Hold'em, Moneymaker finished in sixth place, taking home over $139,000. He also did well in Event 16, the $215 Pot Limit Omaha with ReBuys, where he finished fifth, earning over $28,000.
Moneymaker finished in first place in the Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha event of the World Poker Open tournament in July 2009 and won $15,889.
Moneymaker also placed 11th in the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, earning himself $130,000.
As of April 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,000,000, the majority of which, $2,532,041, have come at the WSOP.