Cuong Nguyen has made himself the biggest blip on our radar courtesy of that chip-leading pot as the rest of the room meandered off for dinner break.
We've learned a good bit of information about Nguyen from his friends on the rail, and foremost, they tell us he much prefers to use the name "Soi Nguyen". So get the old name out of your head; he's Soi from now on.
Nguyen is a 37-year-old amateur from Orange County, California. By day, he works for a medical supplies distributor, and he is friends with a few of the notable pros in Southern California. If you can believe it, though, he's played less than a handful of tournaments in his brief poker career. This is the first WSOP event he's ever played, and -- well, you could say it's going rather decently thus far.
Soi Nguyen is our chip leader with 42 players left.