Chris Moneymaker Hoping To Win Big At PokerStars EPT Monte Carlo

As Day 3 of the European Poker Tour in Monte Carlo gets underway, Chris Moneymaker is hoping that the adjustments he has made to his game recently will help bring him his first major live tournament success since winning the WSOP Main Event back in 2003.
The prestigious tournament managed to attract a field of 413 players, creating a first place prize worth a whopping €1.7m and a guarenteed  €200,000 for anyone lucky enough to make it to the seven handed final table. 
At present Moneymaker is lying inside the top ten chip counts and he says his eyes are firmly back on the prize having made some major adjustments to his poker game. As he explains:
“From the middle of ’04 to about the middle of ’06 I thought I had the game figured out. But the game obviously changed a whole lot during that time and I didn’t keep up with it…I wasn’t adjusting. After a good little while of not cashing and thinking everybody else is getting better cards, I just realized I better start focusing on the game more.”
Chris Moneymaker says he now has to three and four-bet light more often to keep up with an increasing number of aggressive young pros, doesn’t three barrell as much as he used to, and is just as determined to win with a short stack whereas in the past he was more inclined to give up.
He is also convinced his new approach is working and taking encouragement from some good results recently, he is now determined to take down an elusive big title once more, hopefully starting with the EPT Monte Carlo.
“More than anyone I want to prove to myself that I can win tournaments again,” he said. “I did that in WCOOP. I had a pretty good SCOOP, I had some good success in Tunica, a few more small scores, and a couple online…I changed my game basically, and I’ve started to see some results. Hopefully it continues. It would be nice to have a good score. I’d like to take this one down.”
With the bubble already having burst at the EPT event, Moneymaker is guarenteed at least a cash prize, but currently sitting on an impressive chip count he will be hoping to stick around a while longer as the field is reduced further to just 24 players by the end of the day’s play.

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