Refusing to pay the Bubble
Sunday, July 1st 2012 11:16 am
Last month there was a 2+2 post, complaining about Barbara Enright (only woman to final table the WSOP main event) refusing to pay the bubble in a small tourney at the Bike. Naturally the poster got slammed and I largely agree with that. The bubble is a huge chip up opportunity for a big stack and often for a medium stack. Paying the bubble boy eliminates this major edge for good tournament players. Plus the dealmaking process with multiple tables remaining is usually a slow and painful process.
The only thing I disagree with the majority on is on being flexible here. Many posters said they would never pay the bubble. I get it to a degree, but if I've 2 BBs left and they want to give me 2X my buyin, be my guest. It's all about maximizing your EV. I've made some great deals and some not so great (as my previous blogs will attest), but staying flexible is always the best policy.
One nugget came out of this thread when a poster mentioned that his casino had the following rule. If a player refuses any deal, then anyone bringing up a deal again receives a penalty. Unless it's the person that turned it down last time. I think this is brilliant, eliminating tons of pointless drama at the late stages of tournaments. Here's hoping this rule catches on everywhere.
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