PCA: Bubble breaks
The tournament board read 132. The rail--a real rail this time, constructed during the dinner break--was thick with railbirds and family members. In the balance hung more than $10,000. The person who placed 130th would make $10,700. The player who finished 131st would get nothing.
So, with 132 players remaining, tournament director Mike Ward announced play would go hand-for-hand. The room reflected tension and $10,000 beads of sweat.
A bubble's reflection
Curt: KK (Kings up)
Berkowitz: 77 (sevens full of eights)
Button: QQ (queens full of eights)
And just like that, the bubble broke.
James Burkhammer started the day with $7000 in chips. At dinner tonight he told me qualified with nothing but Frequent Player Points and is on his first vacation in a decade.
Joe Marcal started with $8000 in chips and now has more than $100,000. He qualified in a $33 rebuy event