Main Event: James Calderaro Talks Rob Manjura Out of a Race Situation

$1,700 WSOPC Main Event (Single Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 33:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 1,162

James Calderaro
James Calderaro (standing) and Paul Balzano (right)

In the last hand of Level 32, with blinds at 80,000-160,000 with a 160,000 ante, Rob Manjura raised from the button to 350,000, and James Calderaro moved all in from the big blind for 3,775,000.

Manjura asked for an exact count, and Calderaro said, “I may not want a call now.”

Manjura continued to think, but he and Calderaro continued chatting. Manjura asked something about Calderaro’s hand.

“I have a hand,” said Calderaro.” “But now I’m kind of nervous about it.”

Majura thought a bit more, and Calderaro asked, “Want to see my hand? I’ll let you look at one card.”

Calderaro slid his cards toward Majura, but everyone involved knew that wouldn’t be allowed, and Calderaro is just having fun and playing it serious.

Eventually, Calderaro said, “Either way, I’ll show you.”

Shortly after that, Manjura folded, and Calderaro showed As9d. Manjura said he folded pocket eights, and it would have been a race situation.

James Calderaro  –  4,365,000  (22 bb)
Rob Manjura  –  4,850,000  (24 bb)

After that hand, the blinds increase to 100,000-200,000 with a 200,000 ante, and that was used to calculate the big blinds in their stacks.

With seven players remaining, the average chip stack is about 4,980,000 (25 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $48,195.