Main Event Day 1C: James Calderaro Talks His Way to a KO

$1,700 TPC Main Event (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 5:  200/400 with a 400 ante
Entries:  333 (Total: 841)

James Calderaro

If you are at a table with James Calderaro, there is one guarantee. You will not be bored. The happy WSOP bracelet winner keeps things light during tournaments and the masks and dividers don’t seem to have slowed him down.

We caught his action with the dealer peeling the river to put a Th9d4s4h3h board out there. The small blind player checked and Calderaro asked how much he had. It looked to be around 12,000, Calderaro tossed out 15,000 and the chatter kicked in while the at-risk player was making a decision.

“You have big pair?” Calderaro asked. He got a nod in return.

“Uh oh, I don’t know about that,” Calderaro said while laughing. “That might put you back in that juicy Omaha game.”

The good-natured bantering went back and forth for a minute before the small blind player called. Calderaro flipped over 8h7h for the flopped open-ender, turned flush draw, and rivered flush. His opponent quickly mucked before the dealer could table his cards but he was on his way to the Omaha game while Calderaro stacked his chips.

James Calderaro – 52,000