I think part of Moneymaker's problem was how much he's changed since winning it in 2003. I read his book and it talked about how much he and his wife were struggling before the tournament. He wasnt going to play, his dad and friend bought shares in his entry fee so he could pay his mortgage, etc. After winning, he signed the big sponsorship deal with Poker Stars
, seperated from his wife, and started living the poker pro lifestyle. He's a different player than he was in 2003.
"Outside of his WSOP win, I'm not sure I've ever seen Chris Moneymaker play at all. When you're comparing how good he is to other players, where are you seeing him play?"
I've seen him on a the Poker Superstars invitational and the WSOPs in 2004-2006. For evidence of how he changed, in 2004, he partied all night and showed up hungover to Day 1. He didnt last long. Moneymaker got me into poker, I loved the guy in 2003. I hope he gets it all together again...