PCA 2012: Final three ensure fitting finale


If the lengthy period of three-handed play has been light on the drama of earlier levels, it's not something that is any concern to those packing the bleachers on the feature table. Three rows of seats are full, with others mounting the railings at the back for a better view. They won't see much, just a well-lit table behind four camera tripods, two roving camera teams, Robbie Thompson calling the hands and the occasional waiter dropping off water. Behind all that they might just get a glimpse of Dan Shak, Viktor Blom and Galen Hall.

This has deterred no one for digging in for the long hall. It could be a natural thirst to watch top draw poker, or a convenient place to sit while waiting for a loved one to be eliminated form the main event in full swing a few feet away. Then again it could be that they might just be about to see something fantastic and wouldn't want to miss it.

We've made much of Blom's performance, although he has since conceded the chip lead to Dan Shak. But it's worth considering the other story that could reach the front pages by sun-up. That of Galen Hall.

Galen Hall

PCA regulars are familiar with Hall. Isildur may have been unveiled to the world as Blom 12 months ago, but it was a week that also introduced Galen Hall to the main stage, the young American taking honours in the main event, along with a first prize of $2,300,000. Could he be poised to record an amazing double? Main Event one year, Super High Roller the next?

If he does he'll not only be denying Blom, but also Shak, no stranger to the high tides of high stakes poker.

Dan Shak

Were Shak to win it would be his second $100,000 High Roller success, following his previous triumph in Australia in 2010. Shak's is a poker career to envy; a major title in the bag, almost three million in the bank and consistent results. As long as you don't need to inspire shock and awe Shak might just be the ideal player to emulate.

Shak leads, with Blom behind him and Hall chasing the lead pair. Whoever wins their story is one worth telling.