2021 World Series of Poker 2021 MSPT Venetian
Event #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Lights, Camera... Where's the Action?

Chris Moneymaker

An interesting hand just took place right here before the break -- or, more accurately, during the first part of the dinner break.

Most of the tables had emptied, but action continued on the feature table here in the Red section between Chris Moneymaker and Bryan Pellegrino. They'd reached the river, with the board showing {4-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{7-Hearts}. With about 20,000 already in the middle, Chris Moneymaker had bet 8,100, and a small group of media -- including the ESPN cameras -- began to surround the table anticipating Pellegrino's response.

More than ten minutes passed, with Pellegrino sitting perfectly still. Finally Moneymaker stood up and said he was going to have to call the clock.

"I said I'm all in!" said Pellegrino, somewhat incredulously. Apparently he'd made the declaration immediately, but Moneymaker -- nor any of those watching the action -- had heard. "I was going to call the clock on you," said Pellegrino, "but I didn't want to."

Moneymaker, now realizing the action was in fact on him, quickly said "Okay, if you got lucky you got lucky," and set his remaining stack before him. He tabled his {A-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}, and Pellegrino instantly mucked.

Moneymaker will have 121,000 when he returns from the break, while Pellegrino has 72,000.

Tags: Bryan PellegrinoChris Moneymaker