On Day 1 of the WPT Legends of Poker, professional head hunter, Josh Hale, was just one of 622 players taking a shot at the top prize of $500,000 and a WPT Title. When the final card was dealt, Hale was all that remained. Hale may have had the chip advantage, at one point holding nearly 60 percent of the chips in play while five handed, but he had to last through a final table that not only included Steinberg, but Jeff Madsen, Greg Mueller and Ali Eslami.
When heads-up play began, it was Steinberg with a massive chip lead of 14,150,000 compared to Hale’s 4,550,000. But Hale quickly doubled through on a rivered flush and the tournament came down to Steinberg’s decision to move all-in for his last 3,250,000 with AfKs. After the final card was dealt, Mike Sexton took to the stage and asked Hale if he thought back on Day 1 he had a chance to win it all.
“Of course Mike,” Hale said.