Things have been going rather well for the 2006 champion of this event since we last checked on him. It wasn't that long ago — this level, in fact — that we counted Lee Nelson down at about 170,000. He's got well over twice that now.
We walked up to Nelson's table in time to see him open the hijack to 6,500, and the player to his left made the call in position to go heads up to the flop. It came , and Nelson checked it over. His opponent stole Nelson's idea and made a repeat bet of 6,500 which was quickly called, and the paired the board on the turn. Now Nelson led back out into the pot with 13,000 of his own chips, and his opponent shot a glance before uncapping his cards and mucking them.
There are now almost 400,000 chips in front of Mr. Nelson, and he's in the middle of quite a nice looking massage right now.