McLaughlin has made deep runs in the WSOP Main Event before, finishing 30th in 2009 and 86th in 2011. This year he’s surpassed both those results, and he’s been taking full advantage of the hiatus before the final table to focus his mind on the game. “I’m practicing to get ready for the final table, not really anything else right now,” he told ESPN’s Bernard Lee a few days ago. That’s involved plenty of online sit-and-go tournaments, talking strategy with friends like 2010 Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel, and playing WSOP Europe. He cashed in Event #2, a €5,000 mixed-max no-limit hold’em event, finishing 16th for €14,905. He sounds pretty dialed in and will be chomping at the bit once November arrives. Checkout interview with fellow WSOP Final Table contender Michiel Brummelhuis, David “Raptor” Benefield, Mark Newhouse, JC Tran and Sylvain Loosli.