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Galen Hall Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $888 Crazy Eights Event

2011 PCA Main Event Winner Tops Field of 8,598 Entries To Win His First Bracelet and $888,888


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The 2018 World Series of Poker $888 buy-in ‘crazy eights’ no-limit hold’em event attracted a gigantic field of 8,598 total entries. The impressive turnout built a prize pool of $6,871,521. The largest chunk of that money was awarded to eventual champion Galen Hall, who took home his first WSOP gold bracelet and the $888,888 top prize after surviving four days of intense poker action. The 33-year-old hedge fund manager and part-time poker pro also earned 480 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event.

This was the second largest score of Hall’s career behind the $2.3 million he earned as the winner of the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event. He now has more than $5.1 million in lifetime live tournament earnings.

Hall came into the final table as one of the shorter stacks. After the elimination of Philip Tom in eighth place ($90,888) he was the second shortest stack, with just 18 big blinds. Hall won a flip with AClub SuitQHeart Suit against Jeremiah Miesen’s pocket tens, leaving him short. Miesen hit the rail in sixth place not too long after, earning $153,888. Hall continued his rise up the leaderboard by knocking out Alex Kuzmin in fifth place ($201,888) and bracelet winner Andrey Zaichenko in fourth place ($266,888).

With that Hall took the lead into three-handed play. Play was halted for the night late on Tuesday, July 3, with the remaining players agreeing to take the following day off so that they might play day 1C of the main event. In the end Hall won a couple of key preflop races in order to seal the deal. He first called Niels Herregodts’ four-bet all-in with the AClub SuitKClub Suit and won against Herregodts’ 4Club Suit4Diamond Suit by spiking a king on the flop. The Bulgarian earned $355,888 as the third-place finisher.

Not long after that Hall called Eduards Kudrjavcevs shoved from the button with the 9Spade Suit9Diamond Suit and found himself up against JHeart Suit10Club Suit. The board came down 8Heart Suit6Diamond Suit5Club Suit7Spade SuitKSpade Suit and Hall’s pair held up to earn him the pot and the title. Kudrjavcevs took home $476,888 as the runner-up.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Galen Hall $888,888 660
2 Eduards Kudrjavcevs $476,888 550
3 Niels Herregodts $355,888 440
4 Andrey Zaichenko $266,888 330
5 Alex Kuzmin $201,888 275
6 Jeremiah Miesen $153,888 220
7 Martin Stausholm $117,888 165
8 Philip Tom $90,888 110
9 Alexandre Novaes $70,546 55

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