Players are always instructed to protect their hand by some means and many choose to use a simply tournament chip or coin. Others tend to go a more creative route. Ever since Greg "Fossilman" Raymer used fossils to protect his cards during the Main Event in 2004 it seems that many players want to have something cool and unique to help protect their hand. We did a quick scan of the black section here in the Pavilion room and found players using all of the following items as card protectors:
Tic Tac Box
Miniature Sumo Wrestler
Figurine of "Donkey" from the Shrek movies
Miniature New England Patriots Football Helmet
Whether using these items will bring their owners luck or not is yet to be seen, but we admit it might be fun if the guy holding the tiny yoda wins the whole thing and we end up seeing a slew of Star Wars figurines at the tables next year.