WICHITA — Automobile dealer Brandon Steven has made it to Day 5 of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Just in case the poker gods are listening, though, let's be clear: Steven is not bragging.
In fact, he'd prefer not to discuss it.
"I don't want to jinx myself," he says.
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He then quickly corrects himself, because he says superstition is bad luck.
This is Steven's fourth year to play the Series.
Of 7,500 players who started, Steven is one of fewer than 600 left.
"Today is the day that counts," Steven says. "Today's when you get to the really tough, tough, tough playing."
He says players are highly aggressive at this point.
"I'm playing the best in the world right now."
He had a particularly tough draw of players whom he'll face this afternoon.
"I've got a lot of big pros at my table," Steven says.
He'd prefer not to talk names — or anything else — any further.
Steven promises an update tomorrow. For now, though, he says, "I don't want to defocus."