As we were passing through the tables in the Purple section, a player standing away from his chair stretched and yawned. "It's a long day," he said, as he rubbed his eyes and tried to refocus on two more hours of poker ahead.
From there we moved over to the Blue section, where 2008 Main Event champion Peter Eastgate has been quietly chipping up all day. Just now he was involved in a hand in which a player raised to 900 from the button and he defended his big blind.
The pair quickly fell into rapid check-check mode as the dealer dealt the flop, the turn, and the river. "Ace," said Eastgate's opponent, turning over . Eastgate tabled , and the dealer waved the small pot in his direction.
Someone pointed out to Eastgate he'd made a straight on the river, and he leaned forward to see the cards, then grinned and shook his head. Not that it likely cost him anything, but he'd missed that made better than a low pair.
Now it was Eastgate rubbing his eyes, trying to refocus.