Galen Hall Wins 2011 PCA Main Event
It may have seemed like one of the most protracted tournaments in recent history, but the curtain has finally fallen on 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and young up-and-comer Galen Hall has been crowned champion.
The American player bagged himself a cool $2.3 million after defeating the super-aggressive Chris Oliver heads-up on a final table that was again notable for the prevalence of online players rather than old-school pros.
Despite beginning the final table second in chips, Hall began play very quietly and largely avoided any confrontations as Philippe Plouffe and Max Weinberg received their marching orders before he finally clicked into gear.
Indeed, Hall’s first real involvement at the final table was to eliminate Bolivar Palacios, but after his departure it was Oliver who stole the show by raising almost 50% of his hands and eliminating internet pros Mike Sowers and Sam Stein.
That just left Anton Ionel – who had played less than 10 hands throughout the entire final table – to dwindle away before the heads-up stage was reached; and when play began it was Oliver who was in the ascendency as he led by a ratio of 3-to-1.
Nevertheless, Hall battled back from his significant deficit with some great play and incisive reads – at one point he correctly folded a straight to Oliver’s rivered full house – and eventually got the victory he deserved his A-8 managed to outflop Oliver’s pocket queens to hand him the title and a life-changing first place pay-out.