Revenge of the Poker Nerds: Online Hero Tops Toughest Final Table of 2008 Series So Far

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Score one for the Internet poker nerds. At what was possibly the toughest final table in World Series of Poker* history, high-stakes online poker hero Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond captured the biggest title of PokerListings.com's live 2008 series coverage so far in Event 28, $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha w/Rebuys. Galfond outlasted famed poker icons Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda and Johnny Chan, among others, for $817,781 and the bracelet.

You're going to hell, Scotty.

Score one for the Internet poker nerds.

At what was possibly the toughest final table in World Series of Poker* history, high-stakes online poker hero Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond captured the biggest title of PokerListings.com's live 2008 series coverage so far in Event 28, $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha w/Rebuys, outlasting famed poker icons Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda and Johnny Chan.

To rub a little more salt in the eyes of the live pros - who aren't shy when it comes to knocking the Internet poker "nerds" - on top of the $817,781 Galfond earned for his victory the runner-up money, worth $493,748, also went to a player known more for his online prowess, Adam "the_houdini" Hourani.

Galfond, whose bread and butter is the nosebleed $200/$400 Pot-Limit Omaha tables on Full Tilt Poker, explained in his PokerListings.com post-win interview he wasn't particularly surprised it came down to two Internet players:

"It was kind of cool that some of the biggest winners online...how well it translated to the results of this tournament and I think that was due to the great structure. It was moving so slow, and there is so much play in these new tournament structures. I think I just feel that it made the win more important," said Galfond.

The other major headline grabber on Day 18 was a famed poker pro pretty familiar with drawing the cameras to his table - former Main Event Champ Scotty Nguyen, who pulled out another classic Scotty moment in Event 31, $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed.

Double-fisting Michelobs throughout the last few levels of play, Nguyen got his entire stack in the middle - in a rather sloppy pile no less - in a hand against relative unknown Brent Hanks with the board showing 8-8-4.

The decision was on Hanks to call for the rest of his chips. Scotty, cackling incessantly, ripped a $100 bill in half and tossed one piece to Hanks. "Here's $50, make the call and you get the other half," he said with a laugh.

Shaking his head, Hanks eventually announced call and Scotty turned over the 8-10 of clubs for the set, busting Hanks from the tournament. He then let loose with a barrage of cruel-hearted laughter that prompted one neighboring player to proclaim, "You're going to hell, Scotty."

All the details are available in the live updates section here.

Live 2008 WSOP* coverage continues daily at PokerListings.com with updates, blogs, player interviews and photos directly from the Rio for all ongoing events.

Feature events on Wednesday include the final table of the aforementioned $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event and Day 2 of Event 33, the $10,000 World Championship of Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better.

Live coverage is, as always, capped off by the PokerListings.com daily video recap with host Amy Macbride, bringing viewers up to speed on all the day's key hands, big winners and talking points.

Visit the PokerListings.com World Series coverage section to access all features.

About PokerListings.com:
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