𝗧𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗰: 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗕𝘂𝗯𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗣𝗼𝗸𝗲𝗿 ?
Bubble pressure refers to the pressure a poker player. Especially a short stack feels when nearing the money of a poker tournament.
If you’ve ever been 1-2 players away from making the money in a poker tournament, you’ve probably felt the pressure of the bubble before! Hopefully you don’t bubble.
𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝘂𝗯𝗯𝗹𝗲:
Generally anything less than 20 big blinds is a short stack near the bubble.
You can also refer to whoever has the least amount of chips at table as the shorty.
The Bubble refers to the cut off point between players that get paid money and players who receive no payout in a given poker tournament.
Usually a tournament will pay the top 10%-20% of players, so that in a field of 100 players the tournament may only pay 10 places which varies depending on the tournament and or amount of entrants.
The last player eliminated before receiving a payout in a tournament is sometimes referred to as the bubbleboy.
The remaining players will all receive a payout.
The final-table bubble means finishing one position short of the final table.
𝗔𝘀 𝗮 𝗦𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗡𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝘂𝗯𝗯𝗹𝗲:
Folding everything. Some players effectively click auto-fold on the bubble, mucking everything from Kings in early position to AK suited on the button. This is obviously a mistake, and folding big pairs on the bubble just to sneak in is insanity.Playing extremely passively can be an even bigger mistake. An extreme example would be a player limping a hand like pocket Kings on the bubble when they could just shove. They want to make sure an ace doesn’t flop and then get the money in. A lot of times, doing this allows the player to get bluffed off the hand on ace high flops or invite too much action from speculative hands. You need to play your big hands correctly and not try and take some super passive line that is aimed at just being safe.
There are times where you could be pretending to be passive to induce action as a trap
The flip side of this is that you do need to be patient as well. Don’t force all ins just because you’re scared and want to double up. Don’t force things because you hear good players are supposed to be aggressive on the bubble.Doing so might make you look cooler to the other 8 or 9 people at your table but that doesn’t pay very well.
𝗔𝘀 𝗮 𝗕𝗶𝗴 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗡𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝘂𝗯𝗯𝗹𝗲:
As the big stack, you have everyone covered meaning that anyone who gets in a hand with you is at risk of busting the tournament. You have the ability to kill, they only have the ability to double up.
How do you take advantage of the bubble with a big stack on the bubble.
The big stacks are clearly in the most fun spot on the bubble of a tournament. Just like in satellite poker tournaments, the big stacks have all the tools, room to maneuver and ability to put pressure on everyone else at the table.
This is your chance to leverage everyone else’s fear of busting the tournament on the bubble to gain more chips and increase your chances of bringing home the win.