We missed the hand as it played out, but we noticed that Constant Rijkenberg is up to about 560,000 early on. Always willing to fill us in, Rijkenberg told us that he opened one of the first pots, then called the ~80,000-chip shove from Ayaz Manji. Rijkenberg had pocket jacks and Manji ace-king, and the Dutchman turned a full house to earn the elimination and an early chip boost.
We don't like to pick favorites. But that table -- Table 11 -- is our favorite table in the field. It contains Pierre Neuville, Barry Greenstein, Joel Dodds, Shawn Buchanan, Fabrizio Gonzalez, and Rijkenberg.