Ben Blair is currently living out every aspiring poker player's dream.
The 31-year-old North Dakotan qualified for the WSOP Main Event through an online freeroll satellite sponsored by PokerListings and Bodog.
Blair actually placed second and thought he missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime, but was awarded the seat when the first-place finisher was disqualified.
It's been a fun day for the amateur. Blair has already knocked out four players today - including Las Vegas pro Shaun Deeb - and run his starting 30k stack up to 113k.
We just watched him knock out number four - a player who bluffed off his whole stack on a jack-high gutshot straight draw.
"That guy was kind of a maniac," said Blair. "I'd been watching him most of the day and there wasn't a lot of method to his madness."
Blair said the number of loose-aggressive plays he's seen wasn't exactly in line with his expectations of a $10k tournament field. "There have been some bad players," he told PokerListings on the last break of the night.
Blair said he plays in thousands of online tournaments but only finds himself playing live a couple of times per year. Still, he's off to a great start and we hope to provide updates on his progress well into next week.