Why is this night different from all other nights for Eric Afriat?
Because he won a million bucks.
Poker players always endure ups and downs in long tournaments, but very few had the challenge Eric Afriat did.
He missed the Passover celebration Monday night at his mother's West Boca Raton home, with aunts, uncles and cousins, mostly from Montreal.
"I was so sad I thought about just leaving my chips at the table Monday night and going home," said Afriat, one of 1,795 entrants in the World Poker Tour/Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Hollywood.
Wednesday night, Afrait -- and a cheering throng --...