Chris Moneymaker a big stack heading into Day 2 of Moneymaker Tour Main Event

Jeff McMillan
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Posted on: January 21, 2024 12:53 pm EST

It’s time for Day 2 of the Moneymaker Tour Main Event at the Texas Card House in Houston and Moneymaker himself is set to star. With 26 players remaining, a decision will be made based on how play is going whether the action will finish today or go on to the planned Day 3 tomorrow.

Houston local player Linh Dinh is the start of day chip leader with a big stack of 661,000. With play returning to the 2,000/4,000 blind level, that is good for 165 big blinds. Dinh won a tournament at another Houston card house back in September for a six-figure score of $135,000.

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Joshua Bozarth and Thai Ha come in as the next two largest stacks before Chris Moneymaker himself, who starts the day in fourth spot. Moneymaker had a great Flight D yesterday afternoon, and held the chip lead for most of the final levels before bagging 472,000.

Moneymaker’s presence as a big stack will bring extra excitement to today’s action. All eyes will be on him to see if he can better his ninth-place finish in the last Moneymaker Tour Main Event in Cincinnati in September.

Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Brad Ruben is the fifth largest stack heading into the day as he looks to make another splash, fresh off a fourth place finish in the WSOP Choctaw circuit main event.

Houston local and proud representative of Ecuador, Gabriel Andrade is among the players in the mix as well, and five-time WSOP bracelet winner and Moneymaker Tour regular Ray Henson enters the day as one of the shorter stacks and will be looking for a quick spin-up.

Texas Card House Houston – the numbers

Total entries: 198
Prize pool: $267,300 (beating the $250,000 guarantee)
Players remaining: 26

Start of Day 2 Chip Counts

RankFirst NameLast NameChip Count
1LinhDinh661,000
2JoshuaBozarth612,000
3ThaiHa483,000
4ChrisMoneymaker472,000
5BradRuben471,500
6DaraTaherpour396,000
7VenhutChivukula394,000
8Walter Lynch381,000
9EdwardSebesta375,500
10VladyslavShouko356,000
11TonyLam322,000
12HanFeng309,000
13JuanTejeda303,000
14GabrielAndrade290,000
15WilliamNewby266,500
16JasonDaly260,500
17CarsonWeiland256,000
18MumadArani252,000
19PrithviRudrappa220,000
20LisaFleishman164,000
21DavidShaw139,000
22BrucePerry136,000
23CharlesSims132,000
24RayHenson113,000
25StevenMc Kuin107,000
26SeanCha68,000

We’ll keep you up to date on Day 2 action on our X account and bring you a full recap here after the event.