Dennis Phillips has said that he did not want play to stop for three months before the final table of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event.
Phillips told the Canadian Press that he felt he had sized up his opponents after playing for seven days and the break in play was far from welcome.
The 53-year-old trucking account manager is currently the chip leader and said that if he does not win he will feel as though the break negatively affected his play.
He said: "Pure poker playing, I wanted to stay at that damn table … I'm going to have to start all over again."
The break in play was instigated for the first time this year in an attempt to boost media and public interest in the climax and to allow the last nine players to generate money through advertising and endorsements.
Since the end of play in July, Phillips says that he has given more than 140 interviews as well as playing plenty of poker with the help of a professional coach.
One of the poker pros who has taken a particular interest in Phillips is Roy Winston, otherwise known as The Oracle, who has spent time playing against and helping the Canadian.