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Eric Raskin dives deep into the 2003 World Series of Poker, and in particular, the shocking winner with the best name ever: Chris Moneymaker:

Moneymaker: A lot of people came up to me the next few years and said, “You’re responsible for this.” Or, “Thanks a lot, I can’t get on a table now.” I obviously had an idea that I was a big catalyst for everything, but can I really say I caused this? I don’t think in those terms. I never thought in those terms. I’m just a guy who got a little lucky and played really good poker for one week. And I picked the best week in history to do that.

He turned at $39 buy-in at an online poker match into a $2.5 million win in Las Vegas that set ESPN on fire.