Pay the Bubble…Or Ask for Trouble
And a Way to End this Mess
by Max Shapiro | Published: Sep 05, 2012
One of the most annoying moments in tournament poker comes when you’re one away from the money and someone makes a suggestion to pay the “bubble,” the player who would otherwise finish one step from the prize pool. Maybe you have a lot of chips, or just don’t like the idea, but don’t want to be heckled and harassed, so you reluctantly go along with the suggestion. But the vote must be unanimous, and when somebody objects, an argument usually breaks out. It takes guts to be the spoiler. Earlier this year my sweetie vetoed a proposal to pay the bubble boy in a Los Angeles-area tournament. That set off a tempest in a teapot controversy after somebody posted a surly comment on the 2+2 forum website, accusing her of taking “a ticky tack and stereotypically degenerate approach to the issue.” Well, even Mother Teresa had her critics. This post ...
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