Chris Moneymaker has the look of a man who means business. In fairness, he's had that look from the moment he sat down on the WSOP main event final table six years ago before going on to take the $2.5 million title, all for an initial outlay of just $39 on PokerStars. He's been desperate to pick up another bracelet since then, and he's in good shape to have a run at it here.
As the remaining 150 players returned from dinner on day one of the $40,000 No Limit Hold'em event, the Team PokerStars Pro sat third in chips with 415,000. And much of it had to do with a man called Jesus.
On a board of J♦9♥8♠ Moneymaker bet 9,000. Fellow Team PokerStars Pro Humberto Brenes called, but then Ferguson moved all in for 71,000. Moneymaker dwelled briefly but made the call, Brenes folded:
Moneymaker had Jesus in a world of pain, and the turn and river blanked out to give him the pot. Soon after the return from dinner, he dropped 35,000 but is still in the chip-lead mix.
Top ten chips at the start of level 7, blinds 1,000-2,000 (300), 149 players left:
Antonia Esfandiari, 470,000
Justin Bonomo, 470,000
Matthew Glantz, 400,000
Chris Moneymaker, Team PokerStars Pro, 380,000
Bruno Fitoussi, 367,000
Andy Black, 343,000
Lex Veldhuis, Team PokerStars Holland Pro, 330,000
Mark Seif, 330,000
Isaac Haxton, 324,000
Ted Forrest, 315,000
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