In total, the bubble lasted just over two hours with a 75-minute dinner break thrown in the middle for good measure. As ever, hand for hand play started one away from the money after start of day chip leader Adrian Mateos busted in 32nd. The last ten minutes of the level played out with one all in showdown. After the dinner break, the whole of Level 17 passed with out a single all in and call. Then the Tournament Directors decided it was unfair to raise the blinds twice on the bubble, so they paused the clock. Another hour passed without an all in and call before the bubble burst to relief of the visibly drained players.
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One reason for the lack of big pots resulting in all ins was the fact that four players were super-short, Roberts and Jason Mercier being two of them. The Team PokerStars Pro had already stone-bubbled three events this festival and was edgy as he must’ve feared a fourth was a real possibility.
Kenney raised to 13,000 from the button with K♣Q♣ before Mateos three-bet to 40,000 from the small blind with J♣J♥. Kenney wasted little time in setting his opponent all in for his last 240,000 and Mateos quickly called off but couldn’t hold as the board ran Q♠10♥5♦10♣A♦.
Fast-forward around three hours and Roberts committed his last 6,000 chips (bb 8,000) from under the gun and had customers in Sean Winter and Romanello in the blinds. The flop spread K♣6♥4♦ and Winters check-folded to Romanello’s 20,000-bet.
“Wow, great protection!” said a player from another table after the hands were revealed.
The J♥ turn opened up more outs for Roberts but he commented, “It’s not coming, just give him the chips!” He wasn’t wrong as the 2♠ river confirmed his exit.
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