Matt Affleck of Seattle, Washington is enjoying a second straight deep run in the WSOP Main Event. Indeed, when we saw his name among the leaders at the end of Day 4 this week (he was in fourth place when play concluded that night), we were instantly reminded of his performance from a year ago, when he ended Day 4 as the chip leader.
A year ago Affleck was able to take those chips won on the first four days and last into Day 6, but ultimately crashed in 80th place for $68,979 -- a nice run, but not nearly as nice as he'd envisioned earlier in the event.
This year Affleck made it all of the way through Day 6 and started today in 14th place with 78 players remaining. He's lost a few from his starting stack today, but still sits with 4.75 million -- above average and still hovering around the bottom of the top 20 with 64 players left.
It appears Affleck's experience from a year ago has served him well to this point, although like almost everyone else still fighting for the Main Event bracelet, he finds himself in new territory as we move deeper into Day 7.