How the Giants Fell
Phil Galfond, with the unfortunate online gambling alias “OMGClayAiken” on Full Tilt Poker, reached the summit of a perceivably impossible feat in poker on Monday night. Event #28 of the 2008 World Series of Poker, $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha with rebuys, was popular with some of the elite of the game, who just happened to reach the final table. Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth Jr. were all looking to improve on their bracelet collection and David Benyamine, thought by insiders to be the best pot-limit Omaha player in the world, also got to the final table. But in the end it was Galfond, a renowned cash-game player, who knocked them off the mountain to win his first bracelet and $817,781.
One by one, the giants were eliminated. Hellmuth went out in eighth place, and Negreanu quickly followed in seventh. John Juanda, Kirill Gerasimov and Johnny Chan were the next out the door, leaving only Benyamine, Adam Hourani and Galfond remaining. Benyamine got third after his aces fell short against Hourani.
The final hand came down when a short-stacked Hourani called Galfond’s bet on the flop, putting himself all in. The flop was A-Q-8 and Hourani was in great shape with his A-K-J-10 up against Galfond’s A-7-6-5. Galfond caught two pair when a six came on the turn and the river couldn’t improve Hourani’s hand and he got second place and $493,748.