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PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Concludes, Crowns Champions

By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Poker News Senior Writer

Main Event Title Goes to Galen Hall

Galen Hall PCA Champion PokerStars

The final table of the PCA Main Event, broadcaston a one hour delay with hole cards on ESPN2, concluded Saturday with Californian Galen Hall capturing the title and $2.3 million after a heads-up duel with Floridian Chris Oliver.

The hand of the tournament by far occurred early on in the heads-up battle which could go down as one of the greatest laydowns in tournament poker history. Oliver started the hand with a 3:1 chip lead over Hall. With 2 million in the pot on the river and a board of 5-3-2-2-A, Oliver held A-2 for the full house and checked to Hall who was the aggressor in the hand. Hall holding 8-4 for the straight fired a pot sized bet of 2 million and Oliver shoved for Hall's remaining 8 million. Hall went deep into the tank and made a remarkable fold.

Hall earned a double-up when his A-2 flopped top and bottom pair against Oliver's 4-2 and flopped bottom two pair. The very next hand Hall doubled again and crippled Oliver in the process when his K-K held against Oliver's A-9. About a half-hour passed before the final hand occurred when Hall's A-8 outdrew Oliver's Q-Q to end it.

1st – Galen Hall ($2,300,000)
2nd – Chris Oliver ($1,800,000)
3rd – Anton Ionel ($1,350,000)
4th – Sam Stein ($1,000,000)
5th – Mike Sowers ($700,000)
6th – Bolivar Palacios ($450,000)
7th – Max Weinberg ($300,000)
8th – Philippe Ploufe ($202,000)

Other Notable PCA Tournament Winners


  • PokerStars Blog reporter Kristin 'change100' Bihr captured the Women's Event for $29,798.
  • Italy along with Team PokerStars Pro Luca Pagano captured the PokerStars World Cup of Poker.
  • Shawn Buchanan won the $5K 8-Game Mix event for $65K.
  • Will Molson won the $25K High Rollers event for $1,072,850.
  • Andrew Chen won the $5K Bounty Shootout event for $213K.

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