Our own Rich Ryan laid his reputation on the line with a bold prediction earlier this week: Galen Hall will win the PCA Super High Roller. It's a little early to go patting "SantanaBandana" on the back — he's gloating too much for that — but Hall has already put himself on top of the chip counts here in the first level.
The pot began with Hall opening to 3,000 from the button, and Bill Perkins three-bet to 10,000 in the small blind. Hall flatted, and off they went. The board ended up running with Perkins barreling the whole way. It was 15,000 on the flop, 30,000 on the turn, and 55,000 on the river, and Hall called him all the way down. When he called the river bet, Perkins surrendered verbally: "Good hand. Ace-high."
Hall showed for the set, and that big pot moves him up to about 370,000. After the hand, Hall let on that he was expecting a three-barrel from Perkins, adding, "We know each other enough by now."
Perkins is now the short stack with just over half his starting count.