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“OMGClayAiken” beats the pros to win Event 28

by Poker Team

Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond wins the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Final - 2008 WSOP

Phil It is already being considered one of the best World Series of Poker final tables in history, with several highly successful online poker players eliminating some of the most well-known poker pros on the poker circuit today. The $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Final with re-buys concluded yesterday after Phil Galfond and Adam Hourani battled at the final heads up match over 120 heads up hands. At the end of the match, it was Galfond taking home first prize and $817,781.

Final Table - $5K PLO - Event 28

The final table saw some of the biggest names in poker and almost saw more but Chris “Jesus” Ferguson was eliminated in 10th place. As it shaped up, the final table looked like this:

Phil Galfond - 1,393,000
Brian Rast - 1,176,000
David Benyamine - 1,041,000
John Juanda - 694,000
Johnny Chan - 624,000
Kirill Gerasimov - 558,000
Daniel Negreanu - 460,000
Adam Hourani - 300,000
Phil Hellmuth - 119,000

This was Phil Hellmuth’s 40th final table in his poker career and guaranteed his 64th career cash at the WSOP which extended his record. Johnny Chan was shooting for his 11th career bracelet which would have tied him with Hellmuth’s bracelet record. However, the bigger story here was that two rising Internet poker stars Phil Galfond and Adam Hourani would eliminate the pros and move on to the final heads up match.

About Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond

Phil Galfond is one of the rising stars of the online poker world. He is a regular high stakes poker player at Full Tilt Poker, settling at the $50/100 to $200/400NL tables as he sees big wins and losses on a regular basis. In April 2008, Galfond has made over $720K in profits on the Hold’em tables and another $180K+ playing Pot Limit Omaha at Full Tilt.

As we have been indicating, he plays under the Full tilt Poker screen name: OMGClayAiken. He is a regular poster at the 2+2 forums and gives new players advice on the high stakes NL forum there. Galfond also has a reputation as being one of the best Pot Limit Omaha players in the world, so it’s no surprise to see him at the final table here at the WSOP Pot Limit Omaha with rebuys tournament.

Final Heads-Up Match - $5K PLO - 2008 WSOP

As the final heads-up match begins between Phil Galfond and Adam Hourani, Galfond held almost a 2 to 1 chip lead at 4.1 Million to 2.1 Million. There were 120 hands between both of them to determine the winner. Here’s how it went down..

- Both players went all in on the flop

- Hourani: A-K-J-10

- Galfond: A-7-6-5

- Flop: AQ8

- At this point, Hourani was in the lead with a pair of Aces out-kicked.

- Turn: 6

- This gave Galfond two-pair, and the lead.

- River: 2

Phil Galfond was the winner and Adam Hourani finished second with $493,748.

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