It had not been a great World Series of Poker for Maurice Hawkins. Or as he says, “Brick, brick, brick brick, brick, one deep run.” The deep run has come at just the right time as Hawkins now returns to Day 7 of the World Series of Poker Main Event with 4,500,000 in chips.

“Some hands are holding up,” he said on Tuesday of his big run. “Yesterday, most of my big hands lost. But other hands won, the in-between hands and that's important. And I didn’t lose that much with the big hands. I lost maybe four big blinds. With the in-between hands I was gaining like 15 bigs and 20 bigs. That’s a really good recipe because as long as those consistently go right, then you can stay afloat and once the big hands start doing what they should do, you become chip leader. So I’m still in good shape.”

Hawkins says his deep run fits with his performance in some of the larger moments in his poker career. The Coral Springs, Florida poker pro has more WSOP Circuit championship rings than anyone at 15. He doesn’t have a bracelet yet, but added that 15th ring in May in the Harrah’s Cherokee WSOPC Main Event for $54,599.

“I've always had luck and been big in big moments in my life,” he says. “They drew me for the EPT (feature) table randomly and I shined there. This would be right on par with everything else that normally happens.”

When not playing poker, Hawkins says his wife and five kids keep him busy. He also enjoys playing Call of Duty and barbecuing. In the Main Event, his confidence remains and he outlined his approach to each day as he progresses through the tournament.

“It’s just a new tournament,” he says. “Every day is a new tournament.”

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