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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dakota Does Half The Work, Grandieri Does The Rest

CPPT Main Event (Day 2)
Level 20 (4,000/8,000/1,000)
Total Entrants: 282
Players Remaining: 31
Chip Average: 270,000
Steve "Dakota" Happas (Braintree, MA)
After close to two and a half hours of bubble play, it was only fitting that two players went out on the same exact hand to split the bubble as Dusean Brown and Victor Ramdin were sent to the rail simultaneously on different tables and will chop the 36th place prize money.

Brown was sent to the rail by Steve "Dakota" Happas after Brown moved all-in from early position and Happas, to his immediate left, would re-shove having Brown covered almost 2:1.

Happas had his opponent dominated [Ad][Kd] to Brown's [Kc][Js] and after the flop came down Ace high, Brown was more or less out the door.

But, he'd hang around to get a ruling from the floor as Victor Ramdin was all-in flipping for his tournament life at Table 1 his [6c][6h] to David Grandieri's [Qh][8h].

Ramdin would not only survive the flop, but cut down on the outs that could eliminate him as the board came down with three hearts giving him a flush draw.

Grandieri would spike a black eight on the river to eliminate Ramdin though, sending us into a momentary state of confusion as the entire field wondered if one had bubble and one had made the money.

They'd each get "both" though as they'll both split the $3,200 for 36th place, getting their buy-in back for this Card Player Poker Tour Main Event.

Now that the bubble and chop of the first payout spot has been finalized, we are now back to some "regular" poker as Ryan Mostafa just said as play will continue uninterrupted from here on out as there will be no more break for hand-for-hand play.

After a longer than usual bubble we expect the next level or so to bring knockouts at a fast pace as players have been getting ground down and the chip average is now playing just over 30 big blinds as opposed to the 50 big blind average that we had when the money bubble started.