Originally Posted by manzoni
this self-important and wholly misguided crank forced us into an excruciatingly long session of pointless hand to hand play over less than $200 out of a 10K prize pool.
I disagree with personally attacking her and with pretty much everything else that you posted, but I disagree with the part quoted above because of an error in fact...not just my opinion.
When you are the chipleader of the tourney or even just a comfortable stack, paying the bubble does not only amount to the money actually coming out of your pocket to pay the bubble. You miss out on the opportunity to chip up against shorter stacks who are afraid of bubbling. Once you decide to stop hand for hand play and essentially cancel the bubble part of the tourney (that you are aware will be part of the tourney when you buy in), you change the whole game. You actually screw people over who took the appropriate risks based on stack sizes and blind levels who have shoved and lost assuming that the payout structure will stay as it was when they entered the tourney.
A competent player on the bubble is giving up way more when they play the bubble than the $200 when they win 1st in the tourney. I've played with Barbara twice, and believe she is aware of the strategical implications of bubble play.