WSOP Main Event: We play on...

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The expectation on days like these is that progress will be slow. The reminder, thrown into any conversation about how long a day will last, is the final day of last year where the long hours spent reducing the field from 27 to nine which last year ended as the sun came up. It makes people naturally cautious and weary of nailing their predictive colours to the mast. Tomorrow the same long haul is expected. But somehow today has gone a lot quicker than anyone had planned and we're now on the brink of ending another day.

We started with 64 and now just 29 remain. With the elimination of just two more players the lights go out on day seven. They'll be nothing extra, no playing to the end of the level, the clock will stop and 27 will return tomorrow. Which is why Jack Effel's announcement there would still be a lunch break came as a surprise for everyone. Despite expected that we'd play through until we reached that magic number play stopped for 90 minutes. At least we caught the last couple of innings in the All-Star game.

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But here we are, back for level 28 until two more players bust out and say their last farewells to the Amazon Room their World Series hopes for another year. It's a process that could take minutes or it could take hours. But we'll see it tonight. As it currently stands PokerStars players are in good position to survive till sunrise; they include Jonathan Tamayo (8,200,000), Ben Lamb (5,800,000), Nick Maimone (5,000,000), James Akenhead (4,950,000) and Andrew Lichtenberger (3,000,000).

Spectators have resumed their positions on the rail and the cards are back in the air. We play on...


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TOURNAMENT ADMIN OF THE HOUR

As level 29 begind blinds are now 50,000-100,000 with a 10,000 ante. 29 players remain.

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OUT OF CONTEXT DRUNK OF THE HOUR

"You'll never hit a curve ball... you'll NEVER hit a curve ball"

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JOE GIRON PHOTO HOUR

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VBLOG OF THE HOUR


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