A record 1,560 players were in this year’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event, but after six days of poker, Galen Hall emerged as the 2011 PCA Main Event champion, collecting $2.3 million in prize money.
Hall, who plays on PokerStars as GasparLeMarc, went into the final table of eight as second in chips. Leading the way was Chris “GettingDaize” Oliver, who had a commanding chip lead, holding three times as many chips as Hall. Others at the table were Sam “KingKobeMVP” Stein, Mike “SowersUNCC” Sowers, Anton Ionel, Max “$Kill Game” Weinberg, Bolivar “Ramux” Palacios and Philippe Plouffe.
As the short stacks eliminated each other, Hall patiently waited, maintaining his position in second. Oliver, on the other hand, took control of the tournament. As heads-up play began, Oliver had a 3-1 chip lead over Hall. Hall, undeterred by his chip disadvantage, battled hard until he was able to take advantage. He eventually took the chip lead, three hours into the heads up battle, when Oliver moved in preflop with A-9 and Hall with K-K, which held. Not long afterward, it was Oliver who was all in for his tournament life with the big pocket pair, Q-Q, against Hall’s A-8. Oliver did not fair as well as Hall, though, as the flop came down A-K-8. Oliver failed to improve and Hall took down the tournament.
Here are the results from the final table of the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event:
1. Galen Hall — $2,300,000
2. Chris Oliver — $1,800,000
3. Anton Ionel — $1,350,000
4. Sam Stein — $1,000,000
5. Mike Sowers — $700,000
6. Bolivar Palacios — $450,000
7. Max Weinberg — $300,000
8. Philippe Plouffe — $202,000