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Almost Bubble Boy

by Lee Watkinson |  Published: Jun 08, '08


I went into the second day of the $2500 No limit event with a very comfortable 93K in chips expecting to go very deep.

Well, the comfort was short lived as I sat down and lost half of it in the third hand I was dealt, Kings vs Aces, then I doubled up a shortstack with AQ vs 66 and gave another courtesy double up when a 9-4 off suit pushed in from the small blind to my JJ in the big blind(he made a flush, I only made three jacks). So I was now on life support about 20 players out of the money.

An interesting situation then arose with 100 players left and 99 getting paid. I was first to act with 4700 after a 300 ante, blinds were 1000-2000. I get dealt A-K off. After a little thought I decide the play is to call 2000. I think it is obvious to the table that I am commited to taking a flop. I am also pretty sure that at least the big blind (Liz Lieu) will auto call the 2700 more, so I am hoping I will get to see the flop and if I miss play one more hand. There is really no reason for other players to set me in before the flop, they are beter off waiting and auto betting the flop and forcing me out if I missed. Everyone folded to the blinds, small blind called and Liz checked the BB. Flop was A59 small blind checked and Liz checked so I fired my 2700 and was called by small blind only, who showed 6-8, for a gut shot. I think his play was very bad, if was going to continue with the hand he obviously should bet it. He missed and the bubble broke that hand. Folding this hand would have given me a better chance of cashing, but a much smaller chance of making a final table. The payout was somewhere around $5600, a little bigger bubble than normal.

I wound up going out 91st 4 hands later. I had already doubled again on the button with AQ vs A8 but went out next hand when it was folded around to me in the cut-off where I shoved with 2-2 and the BB called 12k more with KJ, I flopped a set but ultimately lost to his straight.

I will play the $1500 shoot out tomorrow, so hopefully will have some good stuff from that for next blog. I doubt I will play the 5K 2-7 no limit w/ rebuys at 5pm as I have never played that game and there is a little PLO tourney the following day at noon. I did fantasize about Doyle giving me a crash course in 2-7 since I am one of the guys he has in a bracelet bet with Ivey, but it dosen't look like there will be time,

Lee Watkinson has accumulated nearly $4 million in tournament winnings over his career. His accomplishments include a World Series bracelet in the 2006 $10,000 pot-limit Omaha event and an eighth-place finish in the 2007 WSOP main event. Lee is a Full Tilt Pro and uses his poker winnings to help a chimpanzee rescue charity. Learn more about Lee at his website,

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