Event 28 - Final Table - OMG He Did It!
After a tough heads-up battle that had Galfond a little nervous, he was finally able to put Adam Hourani down to win the $5,000 w/Rebuy Pot-Limit Omaha tournament! Even though Galfond managed to get Hourani critically low on chips several times throughout the heads-up match, Hourani made several comebacks that got him within striking distance.
Galfond's push to victory started when he stared at a bet of $475,000 from Hourani for a couple of minutes. The board was 4♣ 6♦ T♣ Q♣ Q♠. There was nearly $1.4 million in the pot at the time. Galfond counted out the chips and tossed them in. Hourani nodded and said,"Nice call."
The Gal-fan heavy crowd stood to see what he would turn over. Galfond turned over A-T-8-7 for just second pair to go along with the pair of queens on board! Later on Hourani would comment about what a sick/great call it was. After that Hourani found himself back on the ropes again.
The blinds were getting astronomically large in relation to the chips in play when Hourani was suddenly down to just over four big blinds. It was at this time that Hourani made it $300,000 to go pre-flop, leaving only $125,000 behind. The crowd stood in anticipation, knowing that no matter what, all the chips were going in on the flop.
The dealer dealt out the A♦ Q♠ 8♣ and the chips went in. Hourani turned over a monster A♠ K♦ J♠ T♣ and Galfond showed his A♥ 7♥ 6♣ 5♣. Hourani was ahead and it looked like he might double up yet again.
Galfond and Hourani both stared at the turn card in anticipation. It produced the 6♥, giving Galfond two pair! Hourani showed no emotion; he still had some hope left. The tournament director asked for the river and the dealer obliged with the 2♣! It was all over! Galfond had done it!
Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond earned $817,781 for his victory. Better than an average day for him at his daily grind which is usually the $200/$400 Pot-Limit Omaha tables on Full Tilt. Adam Hourani, also no stranger to the nosebleed PLO games online, will take $493,748 for his second-place finish.
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