Catching up with the action on the flop, Ryan D'Angelo checked his option to two-time World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Jason Mercier. Mercier slid out a bet of 7,800 and D'Angelo made the call to see the turn.
On fourth street, the landed on the board and D'Angelo checked. Mercier took some time and then toppled out a bet of 22,600. Again, D'Angelo called.
The final card on the board was the and D'Angelo checked to Mercier once again. After a minute or so in the tank, Mercier slid out a bet of 58,500. This sent D'Angelo into the tank for a couple of minutes.
After a bit, D'Angelo said, "Buddy, buddy, buddy, buddy."
Another few moments passed before D'Angelo continued, "No matter what I do, I'm probably gonna be wrong."
Mercier didn't move a muscle, except for the subtle ruffling of his chips he was doing with his right hand. His left hand was clenched firmly to his cards.
"What do you got, Mr. Mercier?" asked D'Angelo, but Mercier didn't respond and kept his eyes focused on the piece of felt just a few inches in front of his cards. "It's a tough game when you're playing against good players," finished D'Angelo.
D'Angelo took some more time and apologized to the table for taking so long. Paul Berende said it was fine, but the player in Seat 1 said he was going to call the clock soon. "I care, I'm short stacked," that player said with a stack of 74,500 in chips.
"At least I know I have one more minute," said D'Angelo.
After another 30 seconds or so of thought, D'Angelo tossed his hand into the mucked and Mercier was pushed the pot. D'Angelo dropped a tad below 100,000 in chips while Mercier climbed back to 234,000.