WPT: Galen Hall Holds Big Lead with 15 Left

Hall is currently third in the WPT Player of the Year race
Hall is currently third in the BLUFF Player of the Year race

When Galen Hall won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, it was Chris Oliver who took the big chip lead into the final table of the event. At the World Poker Tour Championship event, it is Hall who is in position to take the big chip lead into the final table after a big Day 4 of play in which Hall jumped up the chip counts to end the day on top with 3,438,000.

Hall is the only player to end the day over 3 million in chips. He crawled up the counts by eliminating Doyle Brunson in 24th place, Alan Sternberg in 23rd place, Abe Mosseri in 19th place, and Christian Harder in 17th place on the final hand of the night when Harder shoved all-in with pocket eights and Hall called with pocket aces.

When the day began, Hall was in the middle of the pack of the 52 players who returned for Day 4 action. A little less than half of those players walked away empty-handed. Some of the players who busted out before the money included Steve O’Dwyer, Billy Baxter, past WPT Championship winners David Chiu and Yevgeniy Timoshenko, WPT Player of the year frontrunner Andy Frankenberger, Sam Trickett, Ryan D’Angelo, Taylor Von Kriegenbergh, Joseph Cheong, Justin Smith, Andrew Lichtenberger, and Hafix Khan, who bubbled the event in 28th place.

The bustouts continued well into the money as only 15 players survived to the end of the day. Brunson, Haralabos Voulgaris, Dave Ulliott and Josh Bergman are just a few of the players who cashed but busted over the course of play. The remaining players are all guaranteed at least $53,095.

With Frankenberger’s elimination, the door is open for three players to still potentially catch him in the WPT’s Player of the Year race. WPT Amneville winner Sam El Sayed finished the day second in chips with 2,774,000. He and Shannon Shorr can both win the WPT POY title with a fourth place finish or better. Bay 101 runner-up Steven Kelly can win with a third place finish or better.

Scott Seiver, Nenad Medic, Justin Young, Ashton Griffin, Will Failla, Daniel Alaei are all still in the tournament as is reigning WPT Champ David Williams. Williams still has a chance to repeat at the Bellagio, but he will be the shortest stack returning for Day 5 with 318,000.

Here are the top ten chip counts headed into Day 5 of the WPT Championship event:

1. Galen Hall – 3,438,000
2. Sam El Sayed – 2,774,000
3. Roger Teska – 2,194,000
4. Scott Seiver – 2,001,000
5. Shannon Shorr – 1,786,000
6. Steven Kelly – 1,674,000
7. Tony Gargano – 1,577,000
8. Ashton Griffin – 1,474,000
9. Nenad Medic – 1,282,000
10. Justin Young – 1,249,000

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