There was plenty of action proceeding the bubble drama which we can now catch up on.
“He went all-in. I called with ace-queen…”
That was Bill Chen’s brief resume of his last hand. His A♣Q♥ was up against 9♦7♦ but the board had been unkind, running out 5♥J♠J♣8♣10♥. Chen out just a few places from the money.
It was a fate shared by Friend of PokerStars Tom McEvoy, albeit on the other side of the bubble fence. He’d survived an all-in earlier today, giving him vital funds to pay off opponents knocking on his door every orbit. It was also enough to get him a cash finish.
As the bubble approached Joao Barbosa sheepishly admitted to being embarrassed, permitting his stack of 22,000 to be blinded away. By the time the bubble was done he had next to nothing, but even that was good for 100th place, and that makes a seventh cash finish for the Portuguese in season five.