EVENT 5: Bubble Watch

$560 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 2.5k/5k/500 ante
67 players remaining, 191k avg (38 bb)

Standing Player in the Tank
Standing Player in the Tank Facing Hittel (right) All In

Every decision is magnified as the bubble approaches.

We pick up the action on Table 8 with a player deep in the tank for what is essentially his tournament life. Less than 20 spots from the money the anonymous player is facing an 89k all-in bet from Ryan Hittel (Boca Raton, FL).

On a flop of JdTh5d, Hittel c-bets 12k, a second unidentified player makes it 28k, a bet the anonymous player calls.

Hittel moves all in for 116k total, the raiser folds and the action is back on the anonymous player.

After doing the math and counting down his stack, the player calls.

Hittel: JsJc (set of Jacks)
Anonymous: Ad6d (nut flush draw)

“That’s not what I wanted to see,” says Hittel, knowing he needs to dodge diamonds.

Turn: 7c

River: 4c

“My heart can’t take it,” says Hittel who gets more than a full double-up and is at 270k.

The anonymous player is crippled and out a few hands later.

Hittel Rakes the Pot
Hittel Rakes the Pot