This Summer, the World Series of Poker plans to re-create some vintage face-offs of the past by staging three classic heads-up rematches.
1. Chris Moneymaker vs Sammy Farha is the headline match taking place on June 2 at the Rio in Vegas. The last time these two pros faced off against each other was in 2003 at the World Series of Poker Main Event. Back then, Moneymaker was still an amateur, but he went on to beat the pro Farha and win $2.5 million, thanks to some incredible and well-timed bluffing.
Some actually credit Moneymaker’s astounding win as helping to cement the worldwide poker boom which followed. He described his victory at the WSOP as a “life-altering moment” and has since gone on to enjoy success at the World Poker Tour, World Championship of Online Poker, World Poker Open and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. You can read about how he did it in his published work: Moneymaker: How an Amateur Poker Player Turned $40 into $2.5 Million at the World Series of Poker.
2. Johnny Chan vs Phil Hellmuth is another scheduled re-match. Hellmuth beat Chan back in 1989 when he just 22 years old. Since then, Hellmuth has gone on to take a record 11 WSOP Bracelets, and has beaten such prestigious players as Men Nguyen, Paul Phillips, Huck Seed, Lyle Berman, Antonio Esfandiari and Chris Ferguson in the National Heads-Up Poker Championship.
He is the author of several poker publications, including Deal Me In: 20 Of The World’s Top Poker Players Share The Heartbreaking and Inspiring Stories of How They Turned Pro, Phil Hellmuth’s Texas Hold ‘Em, Phil Hellmuth Presents Read ‘Em and Reap: A Career FBI Agent’s Guide to Decoding Poker Tells, Poker Brat and Play Poker Like the Pros. He has also created and featured in several instructional poker videos. Hellmuth was co-founder and former team member of online poker room UltimateBet.com, which he left in 2010. Well known for his controversial behaviour and “poker brat” persona, this re-match should certainly be one to watch.
3. You decide! The World Series of Poker is asking the poker community to vote on who they want for the final match via their online Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/worldseriesofpoker). Fans can choose between Johnny Chan vs Erik Seidel (1988), Greg Raymer vs David Williams (2004), Jamie Gold vs Paul Wasicka (2006) or Jonathan Duhamel vs John Racener (2010). Log onto Facebook today and cast your vote.