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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Storm Heros On Bubble To Silence Sharman

CPPT Main Event (Day 2)
Level 18 (2,500/5,000/500)
Total Entrants: 282
Players Remaining: 37
Chip Average: 220,000
A rail develops as Sharman Olshan and David Grandieri play a close to 600,000 chip pot on the bubble of the CPPT Main Event. 
We're still on the Card Player Poker Tour Main Event money bubble with a change of the chip lead taking place after what potentially could be a tournament defining hand that just played out at Table 1.

The action was picked up pre-flop with Ryan Mostafa raising to 12,000. David "Silent Storm" Grandieri would make the call in late position and then Sharman Olshan would raise to 25,000 from the button.

Both players would call to see the [8c][5h][Qc] flop and check to the pre-flop three bettor.

Sharman would continue for 25,000, forcing a fold from Mostafa.

Grandieri wasn't going anywhere though, as he check raised to 60,000.

Sharman then took a second to count her stack before clicking it back to 110,000.

Grandieri went into the tank for close to a minute and a half before eventually making the call.

The [7s] came on the turn and Grandieri would check to Sharman, who showed no signs of slowing down, firing out a value sized bet of 70,000.

Grandieri again took his time to make a decision, counting and re-counting his stack a few times before eventually calling.

By this time a massive rail had developed both in and outside the tournament area, as players and fans had a feeling this pot would either pop the bubble or make someone the massive CPPT ME chip leader.

The [Jd] came on the river and Grandieri stayed true to form checking to Sharman, who again fired out a bet of 70,000 chips.

That bet represented just over 60% of Grandieri's stack, so he'd be crippled if he were to call and be wrong.

After close to a minute of thought, he shrugged his shoulders and threw his chips in and Sharman would immediately cringe and say, "Nothing, Ace high."

Grandieri would table [Ac][5c] for bottom pair and a busted flush draw, good enough to beat Sharman's [As][10s].

The atmosphere was electric as half the crowd couldn't believe the call and the other half couldn't believe the bluff gone wrong that would more or less have one of the chip leaders crippled on the bubble as Sharman sent nearly 75% of her stack to Grandieri.

Grandieri would stand up, throw his hood off and walk away from the table, doing a lap around the tournament area, not in celebration, but in pure relief.

He'd return to the table to stack up close to 600,000 chips, putting himself alone atop the CPPT Main Event leaderboard with just a few minutes remaining in Level 18 with play still stalled on the bubble.