He was up. Then he was down. Then he was tied. Then he won.
Non-legend Josh Hale captured the 2012 WPT Legends of Poker.
Hale started final table play as chip leader. As the notable names at the final table fell in short order (Jeff Madsen in sixth, Greg Mueller in fifth, and Ali Eslami in fourth), Hale’s stack stumbled. Max Steinberg surged up as chip leader.
Hale recovered, got even with Steinberg, and grinded out the win.
Before the WPT Legends of Poker, Hale had just over $35,000 in career live tournament earnings. For the win, Hale banks $500,000, or math math math a seventy-billion percent increase on what he had earned previously. Steinberg earned $293,490 for second.
Unlike after Tony Gregg’s WPT victory, Hale received no congratulatory tweets from Michael Phelps. Spread the love around some, swim boy.
Get full final table payouts and recap here.