Stop press:: Everything below is relevant, but dated. As we hit the publish button, Matt Affleck called all-in with aces against Jonathan Duhamel's jacks. Affleck was ahead, but Duhamel had an up and down straight draw to go with his two jack outs. With one card to come, Affleck had to dodge a king, eight, or jack. An eight fell and Affleck was crushed. We'll have a full post on the subject in a bit. For now, here's what we'd written just before that hand.
Matt Affleck knows he has something to prove. A chip leader last year with 130 players left, the University of Washington finance graduate ended up busting in 80th.
With that monkey still on his back, Affleck came back here this year and has put on a performance worthy of his reputation.
Today, Affleck is sitting on the feature table under the TV lights. He's wearing his Mariners jersey with pride and looking good with a top 5 chip stack and five players remaining.
A little bit earlier today, our video team caught up with Affleck for a chat. Here's what he had to say.
TOURNAMENT HOUSEKEEPING OF THE HOUR
Number of players remaining: 15
Number of players who will remain at the end of the night: 9
Number of hours from now we expect it to take to reach the November Nine: 5.5
Average stack: 14,638,000
Blinds: 120,000 / 240,000 (30,000)
STATS OF THE HOUR
Estimated number of prospective railbirds running to feature table area after dinner break: 200
Actual number of prospective railbirds successful in their attempt to get a seat beside feature table: 0
INNOVATION OF THE HOUR
Wristbands for railbirds.
EXPLANATION OF THE HOUR
"All you poker fans, thank you for coming, but there has been a safety issue and we are sure you understand."
DEPTH, IN PEOPLE, OF SPECTATORS AT SECONDARY FEATURE TABLE OF THE HOUR
Eight. They're eight deep at the rail.
THANKS OF THE HOUR
To the chefs, servers and especially the women who stand and smile at Bonita Michoacan, Official Mexican Restaurant of PokerStars Blog. (And Humberto on the keyboards.)
OVERHEARD PHONE CONVERSATION
"He's got a red eye and got hit in round two, but he's fine. He's good to go." - woman on phone talking about, we assume, the MMA fights going on in the Pavilion room.
STATISTIC OF THE HOUR
Level of interest out of ten a man in the shop had in talking to me when he thought I was playing the Main Event: 9
Level of interest out of ten the same man in the shop had in talking to me when he discovered I was only part of the media: 3
RIO EMPLOYEE OF THE HOUR (AGAIN)
Bill the shoe shine guy who, after a week of looking for one of our bloggers, spotted him and returned the hat he'd left behind a week ago.