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Moneymaker second after Day 1

Updated: May 29, 2009, 3:30 PM ET
By Gary Wise | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Some stories tell themselves. We all know Chris Moneymaker as the man who came to represent the dream of instant wealth for the everyman. Moneymaker's 2003 World Series of Poker championship was broadcast to the world on ESPN and convinced the viewers that they -- like the charismatic, relatable 28-year-old accountant they saw on their screens -- could win millions of dollars, run through poker's best players and be champion of the world.

In the time since, Moneymaker's ...

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