What Does It Mean in Poker?

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. The last player eliminated before receiving a payout in a tournament has burst the bubble, and the remaining players will all receive a payout.

The final-table bubble means finishing one position short of the final table.

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