WSOP Main Event Day 8: The waiting game

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You may have noticed that things have gone quiet for some time. Since the "last" table began there has been a drought of the all-in excitement that occupied us earlier. Instead, and who can blame them, the players are in no mood to bust out early and give up a spot in the November Nine.

That includes short stack Brandon Steven, who arrived at the final table with just a few million but is still battling strong several hours later.

But it's not for us to say who should bust out first, and the hundreds of people in the Amazon Room, gone 3am, don't seem to care either and are in no mood to be turning in. So we're here to the end and will publish a full wrap of the day once we find out who that November bubble boy is. In the meantime keep track of the action using the PokerStars Blog twitter, which you can follow by going here.

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SAVE OF THE HOUR

WSOP Head of Security Tony Spencer who, according to published reports, recently woke up a man who was sleeping...standing up...while watching the final table.

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WITHDRAWAL OF THE HOUR

It's times like these you really regret not topping up the Atomic Fireball supply.

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JOE GIRON'S PHOTO HOUR

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Joe Giron's photos tell their own story. That's the point. But because we're in charge of the caption, and because words are what we deal with, here's why this photo is the best. Look at it. Among the players, there's a couple of yawns and there's a lot of intense concentration. That's the way this final table is panning out. But look at the rail above, captivated by the writing of a new chapter of history. That's what the rest of us are feeling. One photo, a hundred stories. Hats off.

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HERO OF THE HOUR

Lance. You know who you are.

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STATISTICS OF THE HOUR

Number of hours photographer Joe Giron has been standing by the final table waiting for a picture: 3.5
Number of people we can see who are sleeping: 2
Number of hours our German blogger has been here since the last German busted out: 15.5 today, plus 2 last night (Good job, Robin!)
Number of bags of Jack's Links Buffalo Chicken Jerky we have eaten since the final table began: 8
Number of times we have watched a live version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'": 3