There is always pressure at the poker table, but Christoph Vogelsang just experienced a little of what Aaron Paul must do on a daily basis - all eyes were on him.
The two biggest names at their table, Paul had position on Vogelsang, sitting to the German's direct left, and the star of TV's Breaking Bad and The Path among many others was down to just over starting stack at the beginning of the hand.
We joined the action on a flop of with 6,500 in the middle already, and Paul made it 2,600 to see a turn. At that stage he had two opponents in the hand, but only Vogelsang called to the turn of . Vogelsang checked to Paul, who bet 5,000 this time, the German calling with the same casuality that Paul has displayed in making the bet, tossing a single blue chip into the middle.
The river of saw Vogelsang check again, and by this point the TV cameras were right on both players as they sat side by side. Aaron Paul moved all-in for his remaining 20,300. Suddenly the heat was right on Vogelsang, and he felt it.
"All the cameras..." he said, and Paul did nothing to help his opponent breathe easier, staring him down with the intensity his acting performances are so widely known for. Vogelsang took five minutes making a decision, by which point another opponent at the table, Erik Lemarquand, called the clock.
Vogelsang was in the tank, and Aaron Paul flexed his fingers as Kate Badurek announced '30 seconds'. All eyes were on Vogelsang, and with just eight seconds left on the clock, he called!
Aaron Paul turned over and Vogelsang nodded, mucking his hand. Paul tapped the table in appreciation of his opponent's deliberation, and as the cameras and media drifted away, turned to Vogelsang.
"That shit was long...! My God, we were surrounded." Vogelsang smiled and the two men stacked up their chips, the German still holding more than his Hollywood opponent, but not by much.