Shrewsbury’s Tom Hall is already ranked 152nd in the world by the Global Poker Index, but is set to climb into an even loftier position after securing the largest live tournament score of his career so far.
Hall was one of 319 players who ponied up €2,200 to compete in one of Tuesday’s side events at the 2014 European Poker Tour Vienna festival and it turned out to be a great decision because Hall almost went all the way and took the tournament down, eventually finishing second to Walid Bou Habib for a cool €89,510 ($123,483).
The top 47 finishers received some cash for their efforts, the likes of Tamer Kamel (40th for €3,530), World Poker Tour Dublin winner and double WCOOP champion Dave Shallow (27th for €5,140), and Ben “jenbizzle” Jones (23rd for €5,760) helping themselves to some Euros.
Larger prizes were had by Ireland’s Mark Buckley who banked €20,540 for his seventh place finish, while Canada’s adopted Irishman Nick Abou Risk added €36,630 to his coffers by finishing in fifth place.
Second place was meant to award €76,610 and first €120,600 but Hall and Bou Habib – the runner-up in the 2013 EPT Deauville Main Event – agreed to make the jump in prizes less substantial. It was a move that went in Hall’s favour as he crashed out in second place to earn himself €89,510. It must sting to fall at the final hurdle, but Hall has more than 89,000 reasons to be smiling today!
Prior to this result, Hall’s largest cash topped the scales at $112,400, his reward for finishing tenth in the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. He’s also no slouch in the online arena either, with over $1 million in cashes, the vast majority of which won at PokerStars where he plays as “Jabracada.”
Congratulations to Tom Hall on this landmark score; here’s to plenty of larger ones before the year is out.