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Final Table Takedown: Galen Hall Shares Blind-Versus-Blind Metagame Dynamics and Overbetting — Part I

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Apr 29, 2011


Galen Hall is a 25-year-old online player who grew up in Pasadena, California. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2008 and will be headed to Stanford Graduate School of Business this fall. In 2010, he cashed for more than $1 million in online tournaments. In the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event, he came from behind to win after starting heads-up play at a 5-1 chip deficit against Chris Oliver. Event: 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event Players in the Event: 1,560 Buy-in: $10,000 First Prize: $2,300,000 Finish: First Key Concepts: Using overbetting to confuse an opponent; adapting to changing board textures; blind-versus-blind play Craig Tapscott: Sometimes, the metagame dynamics that a player sets up during the early stages of a tournament pay off in huge dividends during the later stages. In Part I of this Final-Table Takedown, Galen Hall breaks down the blind-versus-blind dynamics against Ty Reiman. In Part II ...

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