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Galen Hall Leads Final 15 at World Poker Tour Championship

Defending Champion David Williams Still In Contention


Galen HallThere are still three scheduled days of play remaining at the 2011 World Poker Tour Championship, but only 15 players remain, making it likely that the final six will get a day of rest before battling it out at the televised final table on Friday.

Leading the way is 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event winner Galen Hall, who dominated the last half of the day to finish with 3,438,000, which is more than twice the average.

Hall knocked out both Abe Mosseri and Christian Harder in the last level to put almost 700,000 between him and second place resident Sam El Sayed, who is freerolling this event after winning WPT Amneville in November.

A total of 27 players made the money after Hafiz Khan’s pocket aces were cracked to burst the bubble. You can read more about the bubble here.

Last year’s champion, David Williams, managed to survive the day, but will have an uphill climb to get back into contention as he currently sits in 15th place.

David WilliamsOther notables who are still alive include Scott Seiver (2,001,000), Shannon Shorr (1,786,000), Ashton Griffin (1,474,000), Nenad Medic (1,282,000), Justin Young (1,249,000), Daniel Alaei (530,000) and Will Failla (393,000).

The players will return Wednesday to the Fontana Lounge at Bellagio for five more levels of play, but tournament officials may decide to go longer if the field is close to determining the televised final table.

Here is a look at the complete chip counts.

Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count
1 GALEN HALL 3,438,000
2 SAM EL SAYED 2,774,000
3 ROGER TESKA 2,194,000
4 SCOTT SEIVER 2,001,000
5 SHANNON SHORR 1,786,000
6 STEVEN KELLY 1,674,000
7 TONY GARGANO 1,577,000
8 ASHTON GRIFFIN 1,474,000
9 NENAD MEDIC 1,282,000
10 JUSTIN YOUNG 1,249,000
12 DAVID PETERS 633,000
13 DANIEL ALAEI 530,500