"Chip leader! 4,650."
So said James McManus, author of Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker, with a grin when spotting your humble reporter scouting the other side of the Brasilia.
Others currently seated in that half of the room include Daniel Makowsky, Event 10: $5,000 Seven Card Stud winner John Monnette, Liina Vark, Jude Ainsworth, David Chiu, and Ylon Schwartz.
Players participating in today's event may want to know Blair Hinkle has joined the fray as well. Hinkle's results in these low buy-in, large-field events is remarkable. Since winning a bracelet in a 1,344-player $2,000 NLHE event in 2008, Hinkle has made deep runs repeatedly in these events ever since. In fact, this summer alone he finished fourth of 2,534 in Event 38: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em and 24th of 2,949 in Event 44: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em.