Published on 2008-06-16 12:27:49

poker player phil galfond - world series of pokerPhil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond is currently leading the $5k Pot Limit Omaha Rebuy event heading into the final day of play on Monday. Play just wrapped up for the day after Chris "Jesus" Ferguson was eliminated in 10th place.

Galfond currently sits with a stack of just under 1.4 million in chips, which is about 200,000 more than his closest competitor, Brian Rast. Galfond was involved in a huge pot with Daniel Negreanu right near the end of the day. Negreanu, chipleader at the time, saw a flop of J-K-8 along with Galfond. Galfond bet out, and Negreanu called. The turn brought the three of spades, and the two players ended up getting all of their chips into the middle. Galfond turned up K-K-Q-7 for top set, and Negreanu showed J-10-9-8 for two pair plus an open-ended straight draw. The river was the three of hearts, giving Galfond a full house and the chip lead.

Galfond will have a hard time working his way through a stacked final table. Johnny Chan and Phil Hellmuth Jr. are both at the final table, and they represent over 20 World Series of Poker bracelets between them. Hellmuth Jr. is the short-stack at the table though, and shouldn't be too much of a threat unless he can get lucky and double up three or four times. Hellmuth will enter the final table with a stack of 119k, while Johnny Chan will begin play with 624k.

As mentioned, Daniel Negreanu will also be making an appearance at the final table as well. Negreanu apparently spent over $80k on rebuys and add-ons, and will need to finish eighth or better just to make money. Negreanu will enter the final table with a stack of 460k. He'll be looking for his fifth World Series of Poker bracelet.

Brian Rast, known as "tsarrast" online, will be entering the final table with the second largest stack. Rast was the subject of much trash-talking from Phil Hellmuth Jr. on Sunday, and would surely love to knock Hellmuth out when play begins on Monday. Rast currently has a stack of about 1.17 million.

David Benyamine, arguably the best Pot Limit Omaha player in the world, enters the final table with a stack of 1.041 million in chips. Benyamine has to be considered one of the favorites to win this tournament, considering his wealth of experience playing Pot Limit Omaha. Benyamine will be looking for his first World Series of Poker bracelet.

John Juanda and Kirill Gerasimov have stacks of 694k and 558k respectively heading into the final table. Adam Hourani rounds out the final table, currently possessing a stack of around 300k.

Can the "online" players hold off the "live" pros that will be snapping at their heels? Or will the "live pros" continue their dominance at their year's World Series of Poker? We'll find out on Monday. The winner of this event will receive $817,781, plus the coveted World Series of Poker bracelet.


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