Monday saw the moment many WSOP players were waiting for – the bubble being burst. Making the cash in the Main Event this year is a feat in itself, with a record-breaking 10,043 players.
Controversy has surrounded this year’s Main Event with many amateur and well-known faces taking issue with the payout structure of the tournament.
Three players were all in on different tables simultaneously with all three losing their chips. WSOP officials decided to do a flip-off to establish who would have the least desirable tag in a poker tournament – bubble boy.
| THE @WSOP MAIN EVENT BUBBLE HAS BURST!
Aces vs Kings is a cold way to go on the bubble!
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The players facing off were Yue Qi Wang, Peter Nigh, and Jeppe Bisgaard. Peter got it in on a 50/50 race but lost, Wang had his aces demolished by quads, and Bisgaard ran his KK into AA.
All 3 received $10,000 each with the winner of the flip-off bagging a free entry to next year’s WSOP Main Event.
Denmark’s Jeppe Bisgaard won the flip-off after hitting a straight, determining him the official bubble.
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“Bubbling is not fun, but the situation I got into was not avoidable. Plus the fact that I knew there’s always a free seat on the bubble, which may be tried to incentivize me to get a stack, so I feel good.” – Jeppe Bisgaard
2023’s Main Event was Bisgaard’s 2nd time playing the Main Event, finishing better than he did this time around.
Player Begs the Rest of the Table Not to Raise His Blind
Poker players at one table were in disbelief approaching the bubble as one player made an unusual request – do not raise his big blind.
The player passed a note to the other players at the table explaining he was from China and ‘‘reaching the money would mean everything to me’’.
He went on to say how winning money would allow him a better chance of getting into a university.
The request had mixed reactions from players on social media with some claiming it was just a desperate ploy because he was so short-stacked. Others felt sorry for him but most agreed he shouldn’t be playing a $10k buy-in tournament if what he said was true.