LAPT8 Panama: Silent bubble
Sometimes, tournament bubbles are long, excruciating affairs that feel more like a double up purgatory than a poker tournament.
Other times, they're swift and satisfying.
Then, once in a blue moon, hand-for-hand play never even gets underway.
That was this case today.
When the floor told dealers to hold up for hand-for-hand play, there was a faint popping sound.
While players were waiting for hand-for-hand to start, Jessica Perez moved all-in with ace-nine from the button and got called by a pair of queens on the big blind.
No help came for Perez and she was eliminated in 64th place.
That was it, players were in the money.
The floor double-counted to make sure and told the field they were now all guaranteed $3,960.
They cheered and kept on playing.
Two of the final 63 players include Team PokerStars Pros Andre Akkari and Christian De Leon. Last stop, both these players bubbled the event, with Akkari busting moments after De Leon.
Today they get to add another LAPT cash to their resumes. We'll have to wait and see how big that cash will be.
Today's bubble was a far cry from some of the more excruciating ones. One that sticks out in the minds of LAPT staff members the LAPT4 Punta del Este bubble.
That day 2 started with 90 players and they reached the bubble in just a few hours. Then they spent 90 minutes on the bubble.
Short stacks doubled and tripled up every other hand and the bubble looked like it would never end.
Some players didn't even have enough chips for a short stack. The eventual bubble boy only had one chip when he was eliminated. A chip and a chair wasn't enough and the bubble finally burst.
Today was much different. It was just a silent pop, barely heard and hardly noticed.
A few other players to make the money are Calgary's Francois Lincourt --who won the $200 PLO freezeout yesterday-- and Shakeeb Kazemipur, who started the day with the chip lead and still leads with about 350,000.
For multilingual coverage, check out our Spanish PokerStars Blog and our Brazilian PokerStars Blog. If you're more of a watcher, head over to LAPT Live to check out the live stream. Updates are also available on the LAPT Facebook page.
All photos are snapped by Carlos Monti and all words are clacked by Alexander Villegas.