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Oct 12, 2014

Chris Moneymaker finds Fitness in the Bahamas

By RTR Dennis

Ever since winning the 2003 WSOP Main Event, poker has played a dominant role in Chris Moneymaker's life. He frequently plays in live and online tournaments and still serves as an ambassador for PokerStars. But recently, Moneymaker has become interested in another pursuit: getting healthy.

The 38-year-old blogged about his revelation after returning from the Bahamas, where he stayed while playing the 2014 PokerStars WCOOP. Moneymaker roomed with famed online poker player Calvin Anderson, who introduced him to some new habits. That said, here's a look at what Moneymaker learned from his buddy about fitness.

Chris Moneymaker's exercise and yoga philosophy

Anderson regularly exercises and does yoga, which, as Moneymaker blogged, "really doesn’t exactly fit with the Chris Moneymaker lifestyle." Nevertheless, the former accountant tried adopting his friend's ways.

What Moneymaker found was that exercising and eating right made him feel much better. He and Anderson woke up early to do yoga and exercise before they started playing online poker tournaments. And although this made him extremely tired, he found the value in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Moneymaker's New Goal

Before going to the Bahamas, Moneymaker had been working so hard on his poker game that he'd neglected his body. During this time, his weight shot up to 217, which is where he was at during the 2003 Main Event. With a new lease on fitness, he has a goal to shoot for:

My big kick this fall is going to be trying to get into shape over these next three or four months before the PCA. My goal is going to be to get down to 190 lbs. before then, which is where I'd been for several years up until recently. I won’t look any different, but I'll know the difference.

New Chris Moneymaker Sponsorships

As several poker news outlets have reported, Chris Moneymaker is the new ambassador for the Hollywood Poker Tour. But he's also embarking on another sponsorship for a company called USANA, which produces "vitamins, supplements, energy drinks and other healthy foods." This fits in perfectly with Moneymaker's new lifestyle, which will include a lot more working out and healthy eating.