Hale wins World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event

It would be fair to say there was a huge surprise at the recent World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event in Los Angeles, after Josh Hale unexpectedly won the tournament and record his first major poker victory.

Prior to the tournament, Hale could be described as something of a rookie and while he did manage to come 5th at the same event last year and scoop $35,000, there's no doubt that this victory surpassed anything he's ever achieved.

The fact he took home $500,000 for this recent win certainly puts his career into perspective and highlights just how significant this result was.

Hale certainly possessed plenty of confidence as he took the final table, with the US-born player holding the chip lead after seeing off the threat of over 600 other competitors. He actually took part in few hands as the final proceedings got going, after seeing fellow player Jeff Madsen swiftly eliminated after he shoved all-in with A-3 against Max Steinberg's pocket aces.

As time progressed, Hale slowly accumulated chips; although there’s no doubt that he should be handing Steinberg massive thanks, with the 23-year-old incredibly eliminating every single opponent on the final table apart from the eventual winner. In the end, Hale triumphed by hitting trip-Jacks, which proved too much for Steinberg’s AC-KS.

Nevertheless, Steinberg will still be fairly satisfied with the check he took home after banking $293,490 for his 2nd place finish. He, along with Hale, will be hoping to go one step further as the duo prepare to compete in the Grand Prix de Paris, which is another event on the WPT schedule that occurs in mid-September.