With 10 minutes left in the final level, the announcement was made that four more hands would be played before play would end for the night. Some tables finished more quickly than others, including the one at which both Freddy Deeb and Haralabos Voulgaris sat. As they began counting their chips, readying to bag them, they reflected on their days.
A late run pushed Voulgaris from short-stack status up to 90,000, leaving him in a good mood to end the day. But even though Deeb's situation was relatively poor to Voulgaris, Deeb nonetheless found reason to feel good about things.
"I'm only stuck 3,800!" said Deeb to Voulgaris with a grin. "It's a good day!" That's one way to look at the 11,200 chips he's bagging up. It's a tough spot for the two-time bracelet winner, though better than that of the 550-plus players who aren't around to bag up any chips at night's end.