This Poker Jinx on the $5K Bubble Will Leave You Speechless!

Martin Stausholm

Is there ever such a thing as a jinx in poker?

Martin Stausholm would be forgiven for thinking so after bubbling the debuting Event #16: $5,000 8-Handed No-Limit Hold'em at the 2024 World Series of Poker.

Stausholm, a poker player from Denmark with almost $3 million in cashes, was one of the 823 entries to make up the field. From Day 1, 239 out of 660 made it over the first hurdle, and they were joined by 163 more players who took advantage of the Day 2 registration.

With that, 402 players were in contention for the $660,284 first-place prize, but only 124 of them could make the money and take a share of the $3,785,800 prize pool.

At 125 remaining, Stausholm had a run-in with Alex Keating, which featured a premature announcement.

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PokerNews Live Reporter Kai Cocklin was on the floor as the hand played out can relayed the following:

The action folded all the way around to Alex Keating in the small blind, who shoved all in, and Martin Stausholm called off his last 4,000 chips on the stone bubble.

The players had to wait for the hands at the other tables to finish, and once they did, the dealer was instructed to deal a flop.

Martin Stausholm: Q6
Alex Keating: 107

Stausholm stunningly flopped a flush on the 357 board to become the huge favourite.

"And the short-stacked player will double-up," said the tournament director over the microphone, albeit Keating wasn't drawing dead just quite yet but surely there was no way Stausholm could lose this.

"No, he still has outs," could be heard from somebody on the rail.

Indeed, Keating's chances of winning increased when the 10 hit the turn, which improved him to two pairs.

A full house is what he needed to seal Stausholm's fate, and that's exactly what he got as the 7 fell on the river, dropping the jaws of everyone nearby.

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Ronnie Bardah
Ronnie Bardah

Day 1 of Event #19: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship (8-Handed) played out today and featured a pair Quads Over Full House coolers that took place within an hour.

As caught by Tyler Boyer:

There was commotion heard in the tournament area. When PokerNews arrived at the table, the board was showing 5xKx6xQxKx, and Ronnie Bardah had tabled KxKx for quads, while Mike Lang showed QxQx for a full house.

Bardah was short-stacked, but the bad beat he put on Lang gave him a much-needed double-up.

And then, a few hands later, Boyer witnessed another doozie.

Acton was picked up on the river with a board showing 6KQ76 and Jon Kyte was on the button facing a bet from Joao Vieira in early position.

Jon Kyte
Jon Kyte

Kyte elected to make a raise and was instantly three-bet by Vieira. After taking some time, Kyte put in the fourth bet and was called once more.

Kyte showed 66 for quads, while Vieira tabled QQ for a full house.

Vieira laughed off the bad beat while Kyte scooped in a huge pot.

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