PokerListings freeroll qualifier Ben Blair is still alive and well on Day 3 of the WSOP Main Event.
After racing out to a fast start and quadrupling his stack on Day 1, Blair came back down to reality on Day 2. "Day 1 was great, I ended the day with 137k," he said. "Day 2 was not so great; I was pretty card dead all day and ended with 113k."
Still, the amateur said he's not going to get impatient and try to do too much. "I made a couple of moves, but I knew that my stack was so deep I didn't need to do anything outrageous."
Blair has approximately 190k in chips now, which is healthier than the average stack of 130k. He's had to adjust to faster play at his table on Day 3. "The number two and three seats have been raising and three-betting quite a bit, but I'm just trying to play my own game."
We asked if he's taken a moment to let everything sink in and enjoy being on the biggest poker stage in the world. "I'm trying not to think about the tournament too much and just worry about my table," Blair told PokerListings on the last break.
That's not to say Blair hasn't thought about winning, but he's taking it one step at a time. "My first goal is to make it through the day. My next goal is to cash and then worry about the rest later."