WSOP main events are among the most prestigious poker tournaments globally. Most professional poker players aim to join the event, but Chris Moneymaker has other plans this year. The former WSOP 2003 Main Event winner announced that he would not participate in this year’s event.
The Hall of Famer tweeted about the decision, stating the player does not want to bring any infection home. Chris has a nine-year-old kid who cannot be vaccinated, so given the ongoing situation, his decision makes sense.
The player received support from several fans and players, including David Bach, the three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner. Chris’ tweet read that the player hates it but has to cancel the trip to Vegas and El Paso for WSOP 2021.
The former champion talked about the decision in a recent interview. Chris talked to Pokernews and stated that the player was surprised to know that even vaccinated people can get infected. After realizing it, the player decided to skip the event. Participating in the tournament will most likely expose Chris to the virus.
The player had won prizes in two WSOP main events, including the 2003 win and the 687th place finish in 2019. Chris added that the player was excited to play live poker as he has been playing in local casinos. However, Chris has eliminated any chances of playing live for some time.
Chris even talked about the people refusing to get vaccinated and wear masks. When asked about such people, Chris replied that the player has nothing to say since he has no idea how to handle this kind of stupidity.
The player ended the tweet with #nextyearihope, showing how Chris wants to participate in the 2022 WSOP. However, despite Moneymaker’s sudden exit, the event will gather several renowned names, promising an action-packed tournament to the viewers.