James McManus's Positively Fifth Street Released Sent by Harper's Magazine to write about the 2000 WSOP, McManus decides that playing would be good research, so he enters a satellite for the Main Event.
Non-Smoking World Series of Poker Begins Thanks in large part to Tom McEvoy's efforts, smoking is banned at the poker table as the $500 Casino Employees Limit Hold 'Em opens this year's festival on the earliest date in WSOP history.
WSOP Awards 500th Bracelet David Lukaszewski defeats field of 208 in $500 Casino Employees Limit Hold 'Em for $35,800 and the historic bracelet.
$500 Casino Employees Limit Hold 'Em (Event #1, began 4/15)
O'Neil Longson Gets Revenge on Allen Cunningham Less than a year after Cunningham defeated Longson in the $5,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw, Longson turns the table, defeating a field of 28 (40 rebuys) for $147,680 and his second bracelet in the 500th event in WSOP history.
$5,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw (Event #14, began 4/28)
Kathy Liebert Reaches Second Final Table of Year Finishes 9th in $2,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em for $12,160 and 2nd in $1,500 Limit Hold 'Em for $91,700 to tie Annie Duke and Jen Harman's women's record. John Arrage wins the latter event for $178,600 and his first bracelet after finishing third in Casino Employees event, duplicating Mike Majerus's feat from 2002.
Jen Harman Reaches Second Final Table of Year Finishes 9th in $3,000 Limit Hold 'Em for $8,580 four weeks after finishing 5th in $1,500 Seven-Card Stud for $9,880 to become the second woman after Annie Duke to reach multiple final tables in multiple years.
Chris Moneymaker Wins 2003 WSOP Main Event Online satellite winner defeats field of 839, including Sammy Farha heads up, for record $2,500,000. Moneymaker had won a PokerStars $86 one-table satellite into a $650 satellite for his Main Event seat.
Jim Albrecht d. 2003 [age 53] (b. 12/8/1949) WSOP Tournament Director from 1988 to 1998. Saved 1992 WSOP when the IRS wanted taxes to be withheld from all winnings, compromising by issuing W-2G forms. Obituary
Jack Keller d. 2003 [age 60] (b. 12/29/1942) 1984 WSOP Main Event winner ($660,000). Two other Main Event final tables: 1987 9th place ($18,750) & 1992 8th place ($20,200). 1995 Bubble Boy. Two other bracelets: 1984 $5,000 Seven-Card Stud ($137,500), 1993 $1,500 Limit Omaha ($61,800). Only player other than Stu Ungar to win both the WSOP and Super Bowl of Poker Main Events. Poker Hall of Fame 1993. Obituary | Wikipedia | WSOP.com | Hendon