There were 21 players left in the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event when the second break of the day occurred. One of those players was Daniel Negreanu, and PokerNews has been tracking his progress all day long as he treks towards the November Nine.
On the second break, Remko Rinkema caught up with Negreanu to chat about his day thus far.
"It's action time," Negreanu said. "The blinds are going up, and we will be playing 100,000/200,000 and that is speeding up the play. There is a lot more reraising preflop and it's time for people to start getting it in a little bit. There was a lull last night when everyone was kind of comfortable, but the average stack is going down now so it's time for gamble time."
Negreanu entered play after the break with 5.85 million in chips, or just under 30 big blinds. Although his stack has dipped, he still says he feels comfortable.
"I'm fine," he said when asked if he was feeling any additional pressure. "I feel great and I'm the most awake I've been since the Main Event started. I'm ready — I'm ready to use all the moves that I've got stored up over the last few days and put them in to play."
As someone who is no stranger to WSOP final tables, Negreanu also knows how to work his opponents and play to his own personal strengths. It wasn't too long ago that Negreanu had the big chip lead in the 2013 WSOP Asia-Pacific Main Event. It was during that run that he kept reminding his opponents what was at stake, almost goading them into folding so that they could money up. Negreanu benefitted from this as he kept raising to pick up more and more chips.
When asked if he was doing that on Day 7 in this event, Negreanu said he was "a little bit" and laughed about it.
While Negreanu can smile and laugh, he also knows the seriousness of where he's at right now — the final three tables of poker's most prestigious event.
"This is the event. This is the one feather in my cap that I don't have yet, and this is a great opportunity right now," he said with a focused face. "You don't get a lot of them, because it's a very difficult fight through more than 6,000 people. I'm going to seize the moment."