A four table radius in the Amazon room was recently caught jumping up from their tables in fits of coughing. Amid the tizzy of players scrambling throughout the Orange section, we found former WSOP Main Event final tablist Lee Childs who informed us that the incident happened at his table.
"A guy at my table raked in a pot and then all of a sudden jumped up from the table and started coughing like crazy. Then I felt a tickle in my throat and started coughing. Turns out a guy had what he thought was a pen and it sprayed pepper spray in the air," said Childs.
Speaking with WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla afterwards, we confirmed the story. A player at the table found what he thought was a pen in the parking lot and was playing with it at the table. He clicked it, assuming he would engage the pen, but instead sent pepper spray flying into the air. Play has since resumed in that part of the Orange section but the coughing is still being heard echoing throughout the Amazon room.
Childs would take to Twitter after during the break to inform his followers of the incident:
leechilds Lee Childs
Ok. Dude has a pepper spray pen. Grabbed it instead of real pen from bag. Accidentally went off. main victim likely on tv. He's fine now. July 13 2012