WPT Championship - Tough Final Table Emerging

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2011. May 18.
<strong>Galen Hall</strong> finished as the chipleader as the 4th day of the<em> World Poker Tour Championship </em>came to its end. Only 15 players remain, many well-known pros are still competing for the title.
Sam el Sayed
Sam el Sayed

As we wrote yesterday, 52 players started Day 4 of the WPT Championship $25,500 Main Event. Sam el Sayed was the chipleader with 1,107,000 chips. Of course there were many famous players at the tables, and of course the infamous Ali Tekintamgac, who was disqualified from the Partouche Poker Tour for cheating.

To the pleasure of many, Tekintamgac was eliminated quite soon, he didn't even reach a money finish, Doyle Brunson eliminated him on 37th. Doyle went all in on the {#}A {#}T {#}4 flop with {#}K {#}Q, Tekintamgac called with {#}A {#}T two pairs. The turn came {#}8, but the river brought the {#}7, Bruson made his flush. Tekintamgac only had 5,000 chips left, a small blind, he was out the next hand.

Texas Dolly vs. Tekintamgac
Texas Dolly vs. Tekintamgac

The first on the WPT Leaderboard, Andy Frankenberger was also eliminated, who went all-in with {#}A {#}6 against Kwinsee Tran's {#}A {#}J. on the {#}A {#}K {#}9 {#}K {#}8 board, Tran won with better kicker.

Hafiz Khan was eliminated on the bubble with pocket aces, Justin Young made a set with his pocket jacks. All players were in the money now.

15 players remained and will start Day 5, the chipleader is this year's PCA winner, Galen Hall. Sam el Sayed dropped to the second place, but many big names are still in, we expect a very tough final table. The future of the WPT Player of the Year award is unclear, with the elimination of the leader Frankenberger, Sam el Sayed and Shannon Shorr both have the chance of taking over. They need to finish 4th or best to beat Frankenberger.


Interview with the chipleader, Galen Hall

Chipcount:

Galen Hall - 3,438,000
Sam El Sayed - 2,774,000
Roger Teska - 2,194,000
Scott Seiver - 2,001,000
Shannon Shorr - 1,786,000
Steven Kelly - 1,674,000
Tony Gargano - 1,577,000
Ashton Griffin - 1,474,000
Nenad Medic - 1,282,000
Justin Young - 1,249,000
Freddy Bonyadi - 700,000
David Peters - 633,000
Daniel Alaei - 530,000
Will Failla - 393,000
David Williams - 318,000

Prizes:


1. $1,618,344
2. $1,061,900
3. $589,355
4. $371,665
5. $278,749
6. $225,654
7. $172,559
8. $119,464
9. $84,952
10 - 12. $63,714
13 - 15. $53,095
16 - 18. $42,476
19 - 27. $37,167

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