Event 21: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em

A Distinctly Different Tone

• Taso 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

The party is over, the laughing has been replaced by the shuffling of chips and the camaraderie is gone. The remaining field has realized how far along they've come. It's a race to the final table now and these players would gladly bust their neighbor.

A five-figure payday is not too far off for these players. Action has tightened up and it's a decidedly serious tone surrounding the tournament, a stark difference from the madness just 24 hours ago.