Galen Hall, the 24-year-old San Francisco resident and online-poker star, recently rallied from a 5-1 chip deficit in the final head-to-head match to win the $2.3 million top prize at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas.
What are you doing with the $2.3 million? I haven’t really done much with the money. I’m a pretty well-known online player, so I was doing OK beforehand. Mostly I’m just saving the money for when I go to business school [at Stanford University this fall].
How many tournaments have you played? Probably a million hands of poker online, 8,000 tournaments and eight live tournaments. I’m primarily an online player. Live [play] is like a decent change of pace.
Which is tougher, playing online or live? The skill level of a particular online player is equitable to a live player playing for a pot 10 times the size.
How many tournaments do you play at a time? Whenever I play online, I play 16 at once.
That seems like a lot. I try and maximize my income per my time playing. I could probably break even playing 24 at a time, but not making any money.