You could argue that the final table itself (or even the final table of the H.O.R.S.E. event) is actually the defining moment of WSOP, but there's just something special about the two or three days leading up to that spectacle.
It could be the mountains of chips that are stacked in front of the chip leaders, or it could be that players begin to realize there is a distinct possibility of making or losing a fortune depending on how they play their next hand.
We here at PokerListings.com generally like to see the professional poker players do well because, well, it's our job. We follow rounders around the world and it usually makes for a more riveting Victor Ramdin and David Benefield all still in the running.
I urge you to follow the next few days of coverage closely because with fewer than 200 players remaining there is no place a professional poker player would rather be and every single remaining one will attempt to play the best poker of their life.
Prepare for glory!