Earlier in the summer we came across one of those unique stories that only the World Series of Poker can provide, as Nithin Eapen and Jay Nair found themselves seated next to one another during the "Millionaire Maker" event.
You can read about the details of their chance encounter by following the preceding link, but sufficed to say the chances of two players who hail from the same area of India, who speak the same regional dialect, finding one another among the masses at the WSOP was a sight to behold.
Later in the summer, we came across Eapen once again, and this time he was playing a pro to perfection, table talking his way into a successful stacking of bracelet winner Jason Duval.
After getting to know Eapen a little better, we discovered that the gregarious software developer from Stamford, Connecticut has a true passion for the game of poker, as he told us how much his wife Priyanka, and their four children, enjoyed reading about his WSOP exploits.
With the third Day 1 flight of the Main Event now underway, fate seems to have spoken once again, as Eapen was recently spotted in the Brasilia Room competing in the most important poker tournament in the world.
We watched Eapen open for 300 from middle position, and then call a raise of 900 from the player in the hijack. The flop fell , and Eapen check-folded to a continuation bet. Despite this minor setback, Eapen was sporting his usual smile and seemed to be enjoying every second of his latest foray into the wilds of the World Series of Poker.