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A Poker Life - Galen Hall

by Julio Rodriguez |  Published: Mar 18, 2011

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Not many in the poker world could have predicted that Galen Hall, a part-time poker player and student, would win the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event, the largest tournament outside of the World Series of Poker. Hall himself was probably just as doubtful, considering that the 24-year-old had recorded only one live-tournament cash, for $3,460, leading up to his $2.3 million score in the Bahamas. Even after six days of play and outlasting 1,558 players, Hall was still a long shot to overcome the massive chip lead of Chris Oliver, the online pro seated across the table from him, who held nearly 80 percent of the chips in play. During heads-up play, the river, in a seemingly innocuous hand, gave Hall a wheel straight and Oliver a full house, and the tournament appeared to be over, but Hall found a fold, prolonging his tournament life, which led to a heroic ...


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