All that stands between you and a seat at the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) is $86.

This past week, 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Chris Moneymaker announced he would be hosting a national tour. The Moneymaker PSPC Tour will award one winner from each tournament a $30,000 Platinum Pass to the PSPC, which is scheduled for Jan. 6-10, 2019, in the Bahamas.

The $86 buy-in is a nod to what Moneymaker paid in order to get his seat at the WSOP Main Event and win the $2.5 million first-place prize.

PokerStars NJ to host a Sept. 30 tourney stop

Moneymaker will run one of his $86 events at the New Jersey online poker site, PokerStars, on Sept. 30. This means one lucky New Jersey poker player could win a Platinum Pass to the 2019 PSPC.

The Platinum Pass that’s up for grabs includes the following, according to PokerStars’ PSPC tourney page:

  • $25,000 entry  fee
  • Six nights’ accommodation
  • $2,000 in travel and on-site expenses

The PSPC tournament will take place at Atlantic Resort, the hotel at which the winner receives free accommodation.

Basically, whoever wins the Platinum Pass at the NJ online poker stop for the Moneymaker PSPC Tour is going to get luxury accommodations, a free flight, and a few free meals by virtue of the six nights and the $2,000 stipend.

More than 300 of the passes will be awarded.

Moneymaker’s win a historic one for online poker

Up until Moneymaker’s 2003 WSOP Main Event win, the final table was where seasoned poker pros converged every year to battle out for the big prize and the gold bracelet.

In fact, leading up to Moneymaker’s 2003 win, four of the past eight winners are now in the Poker Hall of Fame: Dan Harrington, Stu Ungar, Scotty Nguyen, and Carlos Mortenson.

What was so revolutionary about his win is that he was primarily an online poker player and was regarded by many as an amateur.

However, Moneymaker exhibited steely resolve at the final table, ousting Phil Ivey’s full house with a better full house.

“Who is this young man?” asked announcer Lon McEachern after Moneymaker took down Ivey.

‘David against the Goliath’

Moneymaker’s hot streak continued, eventually placing him across the table from respected vet Sammy Farha.

The young Moneymaker bluffed Farha out of a hand that Farha was winning and then, on the next hand, he flopped two pair to Farha’s jacks.

He went all in, Farha called, and Moneymaker hit a full house on the river once more to cement his standing in history and unwittingly launch the modern era of online poker.

His influence on online poker is known as the “Moneymaker Effect.”

“I’m just your average guy,” Moneymaker said in a promo video of the tour on the PokerStars site. “It was the David against the Goliath. You can’t even make a movie that good. I lived it. It was incredible.”