The party is over, the laughing has been replaced by the shuffling of chips and the camaraderie is gone.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.