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Meet the Bubble Boy

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After more than three days of hard play, John Sigan, from Cleveland, Ohio, went out of the 2007 WSOP main event in 622nd place. Not bad considering there were 6,358 players. But for his efforts, Sigan - who won his seat through a series of freerolls on - received $0, the same as the player who went out in nine minutes and finished last. So for him, moving all-in with pocket queens was a $20,000 decision that didn't work out in his favor.

As a consolation prize, Sigan has been invited to play in the Milwaukee's Best Light Bubble Playoff today, another freeroll where he will compete against 10 other invited players (including Ted Forrest) for a free seat in the 2008 main event.

Dan: How do you feel right now?

John: I enjoyed the whole experience. I played great cards the whole time. I wouldn't change anything.

Dan: So take me through the hand.

John: I had about 50,000 in chips left. And as soon as I looked down at the pair of queens, I said, "Ugh, why are you dealing me this hand now? I was one behind the button, and I wasn't worried about the two guys [to my left]. The big blind is the only one I was worried about. So I put out a 22,000 chip bet. He called it. Flop was 5-6-8, so I went all in. I had a pair of ladies. He called it. He had a 56 and caught a straight. An inside straight! He caught a 7 for an inside straight on the turn."

Dan: How many chips did he have?

John: Oh, he had a lot of chips.

Dan: If you could do it all over again, would you have played the hand any differently?

John: Well that's easy to say now. I woulda thrown it away. Ha Ha. Come on, That's a no-brainer.

Dan: So what was it? You knew you were at the bubble, so why did you play?

John: Well, if I want to get deeper in the tournament, I figure if I can pick up 50,000 chips I gotta do it.

Dan: I'm just wondering if you had pushed right there, I mean if you were going to go all the way with the hand anyway ...

John: That was my downfall. I should have done it right off the get-go, ya know?

Dan: How did you get into the World Series?

John: I won it on the Milwaukee's Best Light poker site. They gave away seven tickets and I won a seat.

Dan: What did it take to get into it?

John: Well, you play all week to qualify, and then you play Sunday in a tournament against 500, and I won one.

Dan: How long have you been playing poker for?

John: A few years.

Dan: Was this the biggest event you ever played in?

John: Yeah.

Dan: Do you plan to be back in the future?

John: Will win next year's seat right now, tomorrow [in the Bubble Playoff].

Dan: So really. You feel ok?

John: I do! I'm telling you the truth. I beat 89.9 percent of the field.

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