$170 + $30 Big Stack NL (2 Re-Entry)
We're done to 90 players - all will get paid thanks to Michael Bernstein (Brooklyn, NY) who told me he had a feeling all day he was gonna be the bubble.
It was the small blind five seat vs. big blind Bernstein in the sixth seat.
SB raises Bernstein all in. Bernstein tanks, realizing the implications with only 32,000 remaining. Players gather around. My pen is ready...
"I know you have nothing. Just a picture card and a rag" predicted Bernstein.
In need of a double-up and willing to roll the dice, Bernstein calls and tables 5-7 of clubs.
Small blind shows K-4 of clubs.
Flop fell 8-J-6 giving Michael an open ended hope and the entire room a sweat.
But the turn Q and river 2 spelled bad news for Bernstein who after forty minutes will go out as your Event 12 bubble.
He was a good sport, as he ran out the cheering room, still willing to chat with me.
Michael was disappointed to outlast 1000 players and go out this way.
Two of his predictions came true: 1) He called opponent's hand and 2) He knew he was gonna be the bubble today.
This was the first time Michael has ever been the bubble and as he told me, "this will be the last".