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PokerStars Gives Those on Tourney Bubble WSOP Seats

After Site Outage, Officials Determined "Fair Thing to Do"

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On Sunday evening, PokersStrars.com held a $215 "second-chance" World Series of Poker multi-table satellite for those who may have taken an early exit from the huge qualifier held the same day, which attracted 7,377.

The second-chance tourney didn't attract nearly that many people to the evening tournament, but still generated enough of a prize-pool to send another 21 players to the WSOP main event.

So imagine the players' frustration when, with 25 people left, PokerStars.com's site went down for almost an hour, the first time that Lee Jones, the site's poker room manager, can remember that happening in more than a year, he says.

But the wait would be worth it for all the players, especially the short stacks who were facing elimination before the outage. When the site came back online, the people at PokerStars.com decided the right thing to do would be to award all 25 remaining players a $12,000 WSOP prize package.