Galen Hall win Crazy Eights tournament at WSOP

Galen Hall has collected his first WSOP bracelet and a stout six-figure cash after winning the $888 Crazy Eights No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed tournament. Hall outlasted an 8,598-player field in the tournament to earn $888,888.

Hall dominated the tournament holding the chip lead after Day 2 and 3 and throughout the final day and final table as well. It came down to Hall and Eduards Kudrjavacevs heads-up for the tournament title. When heads-up play began Hall had a massive chip lead with 58.4 million in chips to Kudrjavacevs’ 10.5 million.

The heads-up portion of the tournament was very short, lasting only six hands. On the final hand of the tournament Kudrjavacevs moved all-in preflop and Hall made the call. Kudrjavacev showed Jh-10c, while Hall had pocket nines. The flop – 8h-6d-5c – was no good for Kudrjavacevs and opened up a gut-shot straight draw for Hall. The turn card, the 7s, gave Hall his straight, but also opened up a straight-draw for Kudrjavacevs. He needed a nine on the river to stay alive but was sent to the rail when the Ks fell.

Tan and Ireland bag first WSOP bracelets

Also picking up their first WSOP win and bracelet this week were Longsheng Tan and Anderson Ireland.

Tan, from China, was the last man standing in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. Tan outlasted the rest of the 1,351-player field to cash $323,472.

He locked horns with Lanny Levine heads-up for the tournament title. Heads-up play lasted only 17 hands and Tan finished off Levine when his A-7 developed into a full house on the board – 9h-Qs-7c-As-7d.

Ireland recorded his first WSOP win in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty tournament. He topped an 833-player field to pocket $141,161.

To collect his first WSOP bracelet Ireland had to survive a grueling four-hour heads-up battle against WSOP champion Matt O’Donnell. On the final hand of the tournament O’Donnell was all-in with Kd-Jh-7d-4c against Ireland’s Ks-Qc-Qh-9d. Ireland’s pair of Queens was the top hand and remained so after the flop showed 10h-2d-4h. The 10c on the turn offered no help to O’Donnell, and neither did the 8h on the river, giving Ireland the win.