LAPT Panama: A coinflip for your life on the bubble
Cormac McCarthy's Anton Chigurh was nowhere in the room, but Alberto Santos could've been staring him in the face tonight. Forty-nine players remained, and Santos was one of the unfortunate few who had nearly no chips. He could've sat back and waited. He could've hoped fate, Chigurh, or an earthquake would save him. But when he looked down to see A♠K♦, the time to wait had passed.
He was all in and up against Jimmy Castaño's 4♠4♣.
No one can say for sure why fate is so cruel. No one really knows why at least half of hope only serves to hurt. All we know as that Alberto Santos saw that K♥ flop, and for a moment everything in the world was right. Birds sang. Women loved him. Beer had no calories.
And like an atom through an hourglass, it was over. The turn was the 4♦. Moore went from a coinflip to a massive favorite to dead before the river. His end meant everybody else in the tournament will stop by the cage before leaving the hotel. That's just how the bubble works.
"What's the most you ever lost on a coin toss?" Chigurh once asked. For Santos today, the amount was a minimum of $3,900. Here's how it looked as he accepted his fate on the tournament bubble.
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