Hall Stuns Haxton to Seize Chip Lead at PCA

Galen Hall
2011 PCA Main Event champ Galen Hall.

Frustrated all day by chip leader Isaac Haxton on his left, Galen Hall got the last laugh by busting Haxton in two big hands at the end of the day today to seize the chip lead in the $100k PCA High Roller.

Down to a shorter stack and looking in trouble at times, Hall hung around and hung around before the two big hands changed his fortunes.

In the first, Hall hit a flush on the turn with 8 5 and got Haxton to call a big river bet and muck to take a big chunk of his stack.

Shortly after, they got it in with Haxton’s AK dominating Hall’s K-J but a jack on the flop changed everything and gave him the rest of Haxton’s stack.

With the chips exchanged, the dominating chip leader for most of the tournament was gone and Hall bagged up 1.7 million in chips to lead the eight players left heading to Day 3 tomorrow.

Hall, the reigning PCA main event champ, is now looking very good to make the money which starts at five players and a min-cash of roughly $250k.

First place in this event will pay roughly $1.2 million with second paying $850k.

Also looking good to make the money as Day 2 wrapped are Jonathan Duhamel and Daniel Negreanu, who finished the day in second and third respectively.

Duhamel didn’t bust anyone over the course of the day but still managed to double up, finishing with 1.33 million in chips.

Negreanu, the 2011 PCA $100k High Roller runner-up, busted Chance Kornuth and Erik Seidel and ultimately bagged up 1.23 million in chips.

Negreanu holds just a slight edge on both Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Dan Shak, who both finished the day around 1.2 million in chips to sit fourth and fifth.

Rounding out the final eight are Scott Seiver, Mike ‘Timex” McDonald and Humberto Brenes.

Hitting the rail today were Erik Seidel (his A-J losing to Negreanu’s queens), Tom Marchese, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Jason Mercier, Will Molson, David "Doc" Sands and Sam Stein.

The final 8 and their chip counts heading into tomorrow, courtesy of the PokerStars blog:

1. Galen Hall 1,748,000

2. Jonathan Duhamel 1,336,000

3. Daniel Negreanu 1,230,000

4. Viktor Blom 1,228,000

5. Dan Shak 1,199,000

6. Scott Seiver 556,000

7. Mike McDonald 360,000

8. Humberto Brenes 343,000

Follow along with the live updates on the PokerStars blog starting at noon (EST) tomorrow.

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