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Moneymaker Tour Set to Make Its Las Vegas Debut

By Mike Patrick
June 23, 2024

The summer of non-stop Las Vegas tournament action has been sizzling and as if things weren’t incredible enough with options for players throughout the city, yet another amazing series is about to dive into the pool. But even with so many tournament series on the go, you’re not going to want to miss the next Moneymaker Tour stop!

From June 28-July 6 the Moneymaker Tour takes over the MGM Grand at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Tropicana Avenue for a week and a half of action, headlined by the tour’s second-ever $1,000,000 guaranteed Main Event, along with almost $300,000 guaranteed in side events.

Moneymaker Tour Las Vegas

The fledgling tour, founded by legendary Poker Hall of Famer and 2003 WSOP Main Event champion Chris Moneymaker, with the tour’s Executive Manager Tony Burns at his side, has been a hit from its inception just over a year ago in May 2023, regularly crushing guarantees and providing a first-class experience for its players.

“Las Vegas is the beating heart of the poker world. It’s where the game’s legends and stories, including Chris’, have been made. To host an event in the same city that Chris won the 2003 Main Event in is a full circle moment. We are excited to partner with MGM Grand this summer and look forward to being a part of their festival on June 28th-July 6th,” said Moneymaker Tour Executive Manager Tony Burns.

Since its debut, the Moneymaker Tour has awarded over $4,000,000 in Main Events alone with buy-ins ranging from $1,500-$2,500. The MGM Grand Main Event, with a trio of opening flights starting on July 2nd comes with a $1,700 price point and with $200 milestone satellites running alongside it.

Besides the Main Event, a litany of Deepstack, Bounty, and Pot-Limit Omaha side event tournaments will be running concurrently with $300-$400 buy-ins and guarantees ranging from $15,000 to $50,000.

The Moneymaker Tour’s mission statement of “getting back to grassroots poker but also not forgetting the higher-level players as well; keeping the spirit of the original poker boom intact” has certainly been shown in its first year of existence led by the man who started that boom just over 20 years ago.

“I am super pumped to see our tour grow. We offer players an affordable and dependable tour to play. We are going to continue to expand our footprint with Vegas being an amazing starting point out west and the MGM being a great partner and brand to do it with,” said Chris Moneymaker.

A look at the list of Moneymaker Tour Main Event results shows the mission statement well represented by WSOP and WPT title holders along with online crushers and recreational players.

Previous Moneymaker Tour Main Event Results

  • May 2023 (inaugural event): Palm Beach Kennel Club (PBKC) – 262 entries / $589,500 prizepool / Mike Rossi def. James Carroll for $134,265 first prize
  • August 2023: Daytona Beach – 379 entries / $511,650 prizepool / Michael ‘Dion’ Jagroo def. Ricardo Eyzaguirre for $102,222 first prize
  • September 2023: Hard Rock Cincinnati – 788 entries / $1,040,160 prizepool / Joseph Bakun def. Ian Richardson for $208,034 first prize
  • October 2023: PBKC – 342 entries / $461,700 prizepool / Bryce McVay def. Ian O’Hara for $98,074 first prize
  • January 2024: Texas Card House Houston – 198 entries / $267,300 prizepool / Han Fang def. Brad Ruben for $54,100 first prize
  • February 2024: PBKC – 214 entries / $500,000 prizepool / Pavlos Kasselouris def. Ian O’Hara for $121,485 first prize
  • April 2024: Daytona Beach – 296 entries / $399,600 prizepool / Aaron Speer def. Roger Thompson for $87,790 first prize
  • May 2024: PBKC – 329 entries / $444,150 prizepool / Jordan Scheider def. Chad Summer for $95,421 first prize

With its success quickly established, The Moneymaker Tour is now eager to build on it and continue to show its ambition as one of the premier mid-major poker tours on the calendar.

The Las Vegas debut at MGM Grand won’t be its only one this year, as along with returns to tour staples Palm Beach Kennel Club and Hard Rock Cincinnati, the tour is set to head to the sunshine of the Caribbean with a series at the Casino at the Aruba Hilton this fall.

Upcoming Moneymaker Tour Stops

  • June 28-July 6: MGM Grand Las Vegas – $1,000,000 guaranteed $1,700 Main Event
  • September 17-30: Hard Rock Cincinnati – $1,000,000 guaranteed across 15 events
  • October 4-6: Casino at Aruba Hilton – $200,000 guaranteed $1,500 Main Event
  • October 23-November 4: Palm Beach Kennel Club – Details coming soon

While players have a plethora of choices to spend their tournament buy-in dollars on during the heat of the desert summer, there may be no hotter stop than the Moneymaker Tour’s Las Vegas debut at the MGM Grand.

With its huge guarantees, highlighted by that $1,000,000 in the Main Event, it’s truly going to be a series living up to its namesake.

For all the details of the Moneymaker Tour at the MGM Grand, the tour’s history, and its growing future schedule, visit Moneymakerpt.com.

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A veteran of both the Canadian sports media industry and poker scene, Mike has made the jump into poker media with cardplayerlifestyle.com. Having worked his way from intern to television producer and from home game hero to semi-professional poker player, Mike brings knowledge and a competitive outlook from his experiences in the newsroom and at […]

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