Seated just to the left of Ryan Eriqezzo's monster stack is Tiku Patel of Cherry Hill, NJ. Tiku's got about 750k, which is a bit below the average. With 20k/40k blinds, he's still got some fold equity with over 18 big blinds.
Tiku works in sales and only plays tournaments occasionally. This is actually his first-ever multi-day event. "It's kinda cool making it this long in a big event" he said. He only paid one entry -- never busted out and re-entered -- and he's already guaranteed to cash for at least $831.
When I asked about sitting to the left of the big stack, he replied "it's a little intimidating".
They're down to 28 players now.