The "Bubble" is the name given to the part of a tournament
when players are one elimination away from making the money. So if
you make it as far as the bubble, you certainly do NOT want to bust out.
This opens up some interesting possibilities on strategy. The fact that
everyone at the table is playing super tight waiting for someone to get
eliminated means that there is opportunity to start playing aggressively
and start stealing blinds. This is particularly true for a big stack at
the table who has accumulated enough chips to withstand an all in loss
and still have enough chips left to keep playing. In such a
situation, the big stack can move all in with any 2 cards and there is
nothing the rest of the players can do but to fold and hope someone gets
blinded out or 2 players duke it out and the bubble can burst. On
the bubble, it is far more advisable to more all in than it is to call
an all in. It is also advisable that you attack your nearest rival such
that it creates a him or me situation. Doubling up on the big stack is
nice but it does not burst the bubble and if he has enough chips, he can
go right back into raising every hand and stealing the blinds. The
increasing blinds must be considered and the possibility of blinding out
or jamming with an acceptable hand based on number of big blinds left.
(the lower your stack dwindles, the lower your range for moving all in
otherwise you are running the risk of the blinds hitting you with any
random hand. Jam Fold tables will be discussed later.
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