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Galen Hall Wins 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event

Chris Oliver Finishes Runner Up


Galen HallWith one major laydown, Galen Hall avoided disaster and overcame a monster chip disadvantage to win the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event and $2.3 million.

Hall battled with Chris Oliver heads up for over three hours and at one point was down more than 5-1 in chips. The tournament looked over early on when Hall rivered a straight against Oliver’s full house, but the San Francisco resident found a way to fold and salvage his tournament.

Shortly after winning, the 24-year-old had trouble putting his victory into words. “I feel pretty awesome,” he said. “It still hasn’t set in yet. We played heads up for a really long time, so I haven’t been thinking about the win.”

Oliver, who finished fourth in the Card Player Online Player of the Year race, earned $1.8 million for his runner-up performance. Romania’s Anton Ionel played very few hands, but was able to successfully move up the money ladder to bank $1,350,000 for third place.

Here are the final table results.

1. Galen Hall — $2,300,000
2. Chris Oliver — $1,800,000
3. Anton Ionel — $1,350,000
4. Sam Stein — $1,000,000
5. Mike Sowers — $700,000
6. Bolivar Palacios — $450,000
7. Max Weinberg — $300,000
8. Philippe Plouffe — $202,000

Take a look at how it all went down below.

Max WeinbergPhilippe Plouffe Eliminated in Eighth Place ($202,000)

Oliver called and Stein raised. Plouffe then moved all in and Oliver folded. Stein made the call with AClub SuitKHeart Suit and was racing against Plouffe’s pocket queens.

The board fell JClub Suit10Diamond Suit10Heart Suit4Diamond SuitADiamond Suit and Plouffe was eliminated after Stein rivered an ace to make a better two pair.

Max Weinberg Eliminated in Seventh Place ($300,000)

Hall raised to 240,000 from the cutoff and Weinberg moved all in for his last 900,000 from the big blind. Hall felt priced in and made the call with JDiamond Suit10Club Suit and was happy that his cards were live against Weinberg’s AClub Suit8Spade Suit.

The board rolled out KDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit9Club SuitQClub SuitKClub Suit and Hall made a straight to send Weinberg to the rail.

Mike SowersBolivar Palacios Eliminated in Sixth Place ($450,000)

Hall raised to 320,000 and Palacios moved all in for his last 1,600,000. Hall called with ADiamond Suit4Spade Suit and was ahead of Palacios and his KDiamond SuitJHeart Suit.

The board fell 9Heart Suit8Heart Suit4Club SuitQClub Suit3Diamond Suit and ace high was enough to eliminate Palacios from the tournament.

Mike Sowers Eliminated in Fifth Place ($700,000)

Sowers raised to 340,000 in early position and Oliver reraised to 775,000 on the button. Sowers called and the flop fell 83Diamond Suit2Spade Suit.

Sowers checked and Oliver bet a little over 1 million. Sowers then moved all in and Oliver immediately called with 8Spade Suit2Heart Suit for two pair. Sowers held pocket fours and needed a lot of help, but the turn and river fell KClub Suit7Spade Suit to send him packing.

Sam SteinSam Stein Eliminated in Fourth Place ($1,000,000)

Oliver raised to 455,000 on the button and Stein reraised to 1,189,000 from the small blind. Oliver moved all in and Stein called after some time in the tank.

Stein showed AHeart Suit9Heart Suit, but he was dominated against ADiamond SuitQDiamond Suit. The board ran out Kh10s5Spade SuitKDiamond Suit3Spade Suit and Stein was eliminated.

Anton Ionel Eliminated in Third Place ($1,350,000)

Hall raised on the button and Oliver called from the small blind. Ionel then moved all in from the big blind and Hall made the call.

Oliver folded and Ionel showed KSpade Suit6Spade Suit. Hall revealed KClub SuitQSpade Suit and it held when the board fell QDiamond Suit9Club Suit7Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit3Spade Suit. Heading into heads up play, Oliver held 33,395,000 to Hall’s 13,100,000.

Galen HallHall Makes Amazing Laydown

Hall raised to 450,000 on the button with 8c4h and Oliver made the call with ADiamond Suit2Spade Suit. The flop came down 5Diamond Suit3Diamond Suit2Club Suit and Oliver checked. Hall bet 575,000 and Oliver called.

The turn was the 2Heart Suit and both players checked. The river was the ASpade Suit. Oliver checked and Hall fired in 2,000,000. Oliver then moved all in and Hall took a few minutes before mucking his straight, making an amazing laydown against Oliver’s full house.

Hall Doubles Up To Chip Lead

Oliver raised to 750,000 on the button and Hall reraised to 1,900,000. Olive then reraised to 4,300,000 and Hall minraised it back to him. Oliver moved all in and Hall immediately called with pocket kings.

Oliver showed AHeart Suit9Spade Suit and needed to catch up in order to claim the title. Instead, the board ran out 8Heart Suit7Diamond Suit3Diamond Suit4Spade SuitQHeart Suit to give Hall the pot and more than a 4-1 chip advantage.

Chris OliverChris Oliver Eliminated in Second Place ($1,800,000), Galen Hall Wins 2011 PCA Main Event ($2,300,000)

After a series of preflop raises, Oliver found himself all in holding pocket queens against the AClub Suit8Club Suit of Hall.

Oliver was in great shape to tie the match up, but the board fell ASpade SuitKDiamond Suit8Spade Suit2Heart SuitKSpade Suit to give Hall the title.