PCA 2014: Timex stare, 10 o'clock

Is he looking at me? No, he can't be. Why would he be? There's a $1,629,940 first prize up for grabs and it's bubble time on Day 2 of the PCA 2014 Super High Roller... But he's doing it again.

Access to live streams, archived poker TV episodes at PokerStars.tv, not to mention the game's always active forum community, means it doesn't take long for a poker 'thing' to gain attention. The Mike 'Timex' McDonald stare is definitely one such 'thing'.

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Mike McDonald, staring Super High Roller victory in the face?

Since McDonald's unusual technique became a fixture of last season's EPT, the intense glare has sparked discourse - some good, some bad. And as I've discovered throughout today's eight levels of play and counting, it's not just a danger to those he's eager to win pots off.

Thanks to the way today's stars have aligned -- or more likely because of where I've chosen to sit -- Timex's face is exactly at my 10 o'clock.

As we all do, he occasionally stares into space. For the past few hours, that space appears to be in and around my sun-burnt forehead.

Like many mere mortals, having a spare $100,000 to buy my way into a Super High Roller is beyond unrealistic. So right now, right here, wedged between five half-empty cups of coffee, a plate of unwanted biscuits and the rest of the PokerStars Blog team, these brief moments are the closest I'll ever get to battling the Timex stare.

It's a war with only one winner.

What's that? There's only nine players left and everyone's being moved to the feature table? Okay, let's just call it a draw.

To see who makes the final eight of this year's Super High Roller, and who leaves empty-handed, click through for live coverage from the PokerStars Blog.


Keir Mackay is a copywriter for PokerStars.