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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hubbard Shows Her Strength Before Break

Event 1 (Day 1)
Level 13 (800/1,600/200)
Total Entries: 332
Players Remaining: 70
Chip Average: 95,000
Stephanie Hubbard (Hazlet, NJ)
In one of the final hands of the level Steph Hubbard (Hazlet, NJ) would take in a sizable pot to move herself close to the 200,000 mark, after getting two streets of value after flopping top set.

The action was picked up on the flop of [8d][4c][5d] with an unknown player leading out from the blinds for 4,000.

Hubbard would raise to 9,500 and see her opponent flat the bet to see the turn.

The [7s] put a potential "scare" card out there, slowing down the unknown player as he checked to the flop aggressor.

Hubbard would not slow down, firing out a bet of 15,000, a decent percentage of her opponents remaining stack.

The unknown player would call, leaving himself just over 20,000 behind and he'd again check the [Ks] and Hubbard would throw out a teasing bet of 15,000.

The player would struggle with the decision for a few moments and then fold, looking up to see Hubbard table [8c][8h] as she'd say, "Figured I'd show you this time."

Hubbard was clearly showing her strength to not only her opponent, but her entire table, something they will need to be aware of as Hubbard is now looking like one of the bigger stacks remaining in Event 1.

Hubbard is looking like a strong candidate to make her first big score of the new year after coming off a 2014 which saw her make some of her biggest scores to date, most notably Final Tabling three Borgata Poker Open events, with her biggest cash coming from a 10th place finish in a Deep Stack Spring Poker Open event for $14,000.

Players are now on their first break since returning from dinner and will return to Level 14, where they will play four more levels before bagging and tagging their chips for tomorrow's Day 2.

Before that happens though, we will be popping the money bubble with the official payouts being posted as we come back from break.