Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Event 20: Bubble Breakthroughs

$3300 + $200 WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship NLH 

Ekin Ekes In
Surviving the bubble in a high profile tournament is one of the most stressful times in poker and three players are feeling the elation of making it into the money.
Stephen Ekin (Vero Beach, FL) is the biggest benefactor of Mark Bramley's implosion against David Williams when he ended up with just 5k (5 antes). He wasn't happy the "vultures" were circling the table as he folds his way into the money.  "I had three hands," he says before being the big blind, "I wasn't playing anything but aces."
Ekin shows his appreciation by giving Williams, and his entire table, a gift card after cashing in the event. 

Lacrocca Lasts Long Enough
Michael Larocca (Boca Raton, FL) is another shorty breathing a sigh of relief after getting through into the money with 35k. As play was hand for hand he said, "This is gross. If I'm the bubble boy I will puke all over the table."

Pitti Before & After
The best bubble story comes from Joe Pitti (East Meadow, NY), who was half way out the door until the dealer declares a chopped pot when his 6 kicker is irrelevant.
"They all started clapping because the bubble boy busted," says Pitti, who was thrilled with new life and cashing for the minimum $8,386.

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