Kings Lose to Aces on the Bubble of the 2023 WSOP Main Event
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On Monday, early in the Day 4 session at around 1:30 p.m. PT, the record-breaking 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event bubble burst when three players were all in and at risk at separate tables. All three lost the hand, and they would go race-off for the money and the 2024 WSOP Main Event seat.
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On Day 3, the WSOP staff decided to call it a night with 1,517 players remaining and to come back the following day at noon PT to play to the money. As was expected, it didn't take long to reach that point given there were so many short stacks entering and only 10 players needed to bust.
Flipping for the Bubble
With 1,508 players left and the tournament in hand-for-hand play, three players were all eliminated at the same time at separate tables. As such, the WSOP had to create a flip-off situation to determine who would finish as the official bubble. Those individuals were Yue Qi Wang, Peter Nigh, and Jeppe Bisgaard.
Nigh lost a race at his table to bust from the Main Event, Bisgaard ran kings into aces, and Wang had top pair aces but ran into quads.
All three players would evenly split the $30,000 for 1,507th and 1,506th place, but the winner of the flip-off would also take home free entry into the 2024 WSOP Main Event, valued at $10,000.
Each player was dealt two cards face-down, followed by five community cards, just the same as a traditional no-limit hold'em hand. Bisgaard, who lives in Denmark, hit a straight on the river to take down the free seat to next year's world championship event, and was officially declared as the bubble.
"Obviously, it feels good about winning that Main Event seat," Bisgaard, who said he works in the shipping industry, told PokerNews. "Bubbling is not fun, but the situation I got into was not avoidable. Plus the fact that I knew there's always a free seat on the bubble, which maybe tried to incentivize me to get a stack, so I feel good."
Bisgaard will return to the Main Event next summer with a free entry. It will be his third time competing in the most prestigious poker tournament in the world. The last time he played, he busted early.
"This is an upgrade," the 2023 WSOP Main Event bubble joked.
This was the second straight year a three-way flip was required to determine the bubble. Robert Lipkin earned the free seat via the flip into this year's Main Event.
Poker Player Begs Table to Take it Easy on Him
When the Main Event approaches the bubble, the pressure is on the short stacks, especially those who are playing for life-changing money or out of their bankroll. Gary Blackwood shared a note his friend received from another player at his friend's table that was quite interesting.
The individual who wrote the note explained he is a player from China and that reaching the money "would mean everything to me," as it would, by his account, "greatly boost my chance of getting into an American university." As such, the player who signed the letter as "GAO," asked that his tablemates would refrain from raising his first big blind as he entered the day with a tiny stack.
After the bubble shenanigans concluded, the tournament returned to normalcy in Level 16 (4,000-8,000 blinds). There will be four additional two-hour levels prior before Day 4 wraps. PokerNews will be live reporting throughout the session and the entire event.
Previous Five WSOP Main Event Bubbles
*Excludes 2020 hybrid online-live year during COVID.
In this Series
- 1 The 2023 WSOP Main Event is Underway: Jamie Gold Ready for Record to Be Broken
- 2 Agony of Defeat: Poker Player Runs Kings into Aces Twice Vs. Same Opponent, Busts Main Event Day 1
- 3 Espen Jorstad in Action, Ready to Defend World Championship
- 4 July 5, 2019: Reliving the Craziest Day in WSOP Main Event History
- 5 Poker Boom 2.0: 2023 WSOP Main Event Officially the Largest Ever
- 6 Two Players Bust on the First Hand of 2023 WSOP Main Event Day 1D
- 7 The Greatest Show: Hellmuth and Jungleman Make Grand Entrance into 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 8 Ex-Manchester City Striker Sergio Aguero Makes Surprise Entry into 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 9 Would You Fold Kings Preflop on Day 1 of the WSOP Main Event in This Spot?
- 10 Alexandra Botez & 888poker Ambassadors Make Day 2 of Main Event
- 11 Rapper Hoodie Allen Abandons Chips in Poker World Championship for Friend's Wedding
- 12 Online Poker Pioneer Isai Scheinberg Plays WSOP Main Event for the First Time
- 13 Phil Hellmuth Coolered Out of WSOP Main Event by Nicholas "Dirty Diaper" Rigby
- 14 2023 WSOP Main Event Registration Closes w/ 10,043 Entries & $12.1M to Winner
- 15 Tom Dwan Busts WSOP Main Event; What Would You Do Here?
- 16 Popular Rapper Returns in Time for Poker World Championship...And Gets Aces Cracked
- 17 The Muck: Was the WSOP Main Event Payout Structure Absurd?
- 18 Queen on the River Dashes Nicholas Rigby's WSOP Main Event Title Dreams
- 19 Pollster Nate Silver's Chances of Winning 2023 WSOP Main Event are Now 0%
- 20 Nicholas Rigby Busts Chance Kornuth in a 200 Big Blind Pot on Day 5
- 21 Moneymaker, Hachem Bust Day 5; All Past WSOP Main Event Champs Out
- 22 Nicholas Rigby Talks "Dirty Diaper" Strategy in the 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 23 Nightmare Runout Knocks Alexandra Botez Out of the WSOP Main Event
- 24 Father & Daughter Make the Money of the 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 25 Kings Lose to Aces on the Bubble of the 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 26 Do You Know Which Poker Player Just Set the Record of Cashing Seven Consecutive Live WSOP Main Events?
- 27 2023 WSOP Main Event Hands of the Week: Royal Flush Twice in 4 Hands; Miracle Running Kings
- 28 Would You Rather Get a WSOP Main Event Seat for Life or $200,000?
- 29 Alexandra Botez Wants the WSOP Main Event Stream to Be Free; Do You Agree?
- 30 Can Some Fool's Gold Help Adam Walton Capture the 2023 WSOP Main Event Bracelet?
- 31 Jones, Weinman and Walton to Battle for 2023 WSOP Main Event Title
- 32 Pros vs. Jones: One of These 3 Players is Hours Away From Poker Immortality
- 33 Adam Walton Jams 80 Big Blind Stack Into Pocket Aces, Busts WSOP Main Event
- 34 Daniel Weinman Wins Record-Breaking 2023 WSOP Main Event for $12,100,000
- 35 How Much Money Players at 2023 WSOP Main Event Final Table Really Made