The players remaining in the event have the entire room to themselves, providing a rare opportunity for a large group of big-name pros to play in relative anonymity at the WSOP.
If more people knew about the event, the crowds would surely be packing the room to watch a lineup that began the day with Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Scotty Nguyen, Jennifer Harman and Huck Seed, just to name a few pros.
The lack of the usual chaos surrounding the big-name pros allows for some fascinating eavesdropping on conversations between pros.
Negreanu and Brunson engaged in a conversation about the various side-bets that Negreanu has going in the 2009 WSOP. Most of them involve Daniel betting on himself to win a bracelet, a bet he has with at least four other pros.
Negreanu then discussed an incident with Doyle involving the Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw chapter in Super System 2, which Negreanu authored.
Apparently an amateur player read the chapter and was determined to follow Negreanu's rule of thumb, which states that Triple Draw is a game where a player needs to hold a deuce in the hand to have any chance of winning the pot.
So determined, actually, that this player was folding hands like 3-4-5-7-8, which is still a premium Triple Draw hand even though it lacks the deuce.
Negreanu explained to Brunson that he doesn't quite know what to do when someone approaches him with that kind of misguided complaint. Brunson, who released the original Super System in 1979, just laughed. He's probably had a few donkeys approach him before with similar complaints.
The $10,000 World Championship is scheduled to play down to the Final Table tonight unless 3 a.m. happens first. With not too many spectators in the room, the event is a great opportunity to watch, and hear, the pros up close.