LAPT Mar del Plata: 22 minutes with Chris Moneymaker
Twenty-two minutes remained on the clock before the break. Chris Moneymaker sat stone-faced his table, sandwiched in the nine-seat between the dealer and Boris Becker's significant other, Lilly Kerssenberg.
Moneymaker wasn't even supposed to be here today. He was initially signed up for Day 1B. He was on our flight from Atlanta and got in at the same time we did. Then, he got a good night's sleep and decided to play today.
With just a little more than 20 minutes to play, it seemed like as good a time as any to stop and watch.
Hand 1: At the 100/200/25 level, Moneymaker came in for a raise to 500 and got a call from the player in the one-seat. The flop came down 9♦ 6♦ 9♥. Moneymaker bet 700 and his opponent called. On the turn, T♦, Moneymaker bet out 1,300 and picked up the hand. Without saying a word, Moneymaker tilted his head and flashed a black ace. Then he scooped his pot.
Hand 2: Moneymaker folded pre-flop.
Hand 3: Action! With his hand folded pre-flop again, Moneymaker flipped his chair around backward.
Hand 4: Moneymaker folded again pre-flop, making us seriously reconsider this whole "22 minutes with..." idea
Hand 5: But wait! Real action! Under the gun, Moneymaker limped in for 200. Play folded around to the blinds, who both decided to play. The flop came out T♥ T♦ 9♣. The small blind checked and Kerssenberg moved all-in for less than 2,000. Moneymaker folded and waited for his time in the blinds.
Hand 6: With Moneymaker in the big blind, a player in middle position came in for a raise to 600. Kerssenberg called on the button and Moneymaker called in the big blind. The flop fell Q♣ J♦ 6♥. Moneymaker checked and then folded to a 2,000 bet.
Hand 7: Perhaps uncomfortable with the way the chair-flip was treating his back, Moneymaker took some time to flip his chair back the other way. It was around this time we started noticing how tight (and let's be honest... passive) his table was playing. Play folded around to Kerssenberg on the button where she limped. Moneymaker completed from the small blind and the big blind checked. They looked at the K♥ T♠ 3♣ flop and everybody checked. Same thing happened on the 7♣ turn. When the river brough the Q♠, Moneymaker bet 300. The big blind folded and Kerssenberg called in the big blind. The hands?
Moneymaker: Q♦ 4♠
Kerssenberg: Q♠ 4♦.
The pot chopped, we started to wonder if there was any drying paint or growing grass to blog about. We longed for the times Moneymaker had at the beginning of Day 1A. He talked about the wild west atmosphere in an interview with our video blog team.
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Hand 8 But wait! Just when we were considering harakiri, a limp-fest turned into a real hand. As is her wont, Kerssenberg limped in again and Moneymaker followed suit on the button. The small blind completed, the big blind checked, and they all saw a 3♠ 2♠ K♠ flop. Everybody checked to Moneymaker and saw him bet 300. Only the big blind called to see the 3♣ on the turn. This time, Moneymaker bet 800. Again, the big blind called. The river brought the Q♣. For the third time, the big blind checked. Again, Moneymaker bet 800, and again his opponent called. Moneymaker took nearly half a second to slide his cards face down into the muck. Three barrels just didn't do it and it was quickly evident why. The big blind turned up 8♠ 3♥ for the turned trips.
Hand 9: Play folded around to Kerssenberg who...wait for it...limped. Moneymaker tossed 825 into the pot. Kerssenberg took just one moment before folding.
Hand 10: With a raise to 600 in front of him, Moneymaker slid his cards in the muck.
Hand 11: See Hand 10.
Hand 12: Sitting in early position, Moneymaker made it 575 to play and everybody folded.
Hand 13: With 30 seconds left on the clock, Moneymaker peeked at his cards, waited his turn, and then folded. With no time for another hand to come, Moneymaker walked off to take his break.
At the break, Moneymaker sat at 17,000 in chips (see other selected counts on our LAPT Chip Counts page)
Fewer than 100 people remain in Day 1A of the LAPT final and Chris Moneymaker is still one of them.
Note: PokerStars Blog writer Howard Swains (he of the fantastic EPT coverage and occasionally snarky commentary) has a regular feature entitled "A Round With..." We think Howard does a fine job and is a credit to his craft. That said, we have chosen to go with "22 minutes with..." in an effort to tilt Howard by blatantly plagiarizing his device under a different title.