Galfond Challenge: Galfond Holds Six-Figure Lead After 10,000 Hands

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Galfond Challenge
Through 14 sessions, Phil Galfond holds a six-figure lead over 'ActionFreak' in the Galfond Challenge

The ‘Galfond Challenge‘ between Phil Galfond and ‘ActionFreak‘ is now 10,222 hands complete. The two played sessions on Saturday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 19, and the current standings have Galfond in the lead by €103,341.37.

On Saturday, Galfond and ‘ActionFreak’ battled for 716 hands. From that session, Galfond picked up a €48,169.76 win to take his lead to €164,478.21. On Tuesday, the two played 740 hands and ‘ActionFreak’ won €61,136.84.

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The first all-in pot of Tuesday went Galfond’s way to the tune of €73,910.11.

On the final board of Jh9c5cAh3h, ‘ActionFreak’ checked and Galfond moved all in for €22,797.50. Before Galfond shoved, the pot stood at €32,394. ‘ActionFreak’ tanked for a bit and then called.

Galfond showed the KsQhTh4d for a heart flush and ‘ActionFreak’ had the AdQsTd7h.

Later on in the match, ‘ActionFreak’ picked up the following €44,632.44 pot when he made a straight on the river.

With €14,877.48 in the middle on the 9c7s2d9h5h board, Galfond was first to act. He bet the full pot and ‘ActionFreak’ made the call.

Galfond showed the JsTs7c6c but it was the KdQd8s6s for ‘ActionFreak’ that won the pot.

Another big one that ‘ActionFreak’ won was this next one we’ll review, a €94,377.02 pot in which ‘ActionFreak’ flopped a straight.

Galfond bet €1,781.67 into a pot of €5,399 on the JcTd8h flop. ‘ActionFreak’ raised to €6,262.84 and Galfond called. The turn was the 6h and Galfond checked. ‘ActionFreak’ bet the pot for €17,924.68 and Galfond raised all in for €38,226.17. ‘ActionFreak’ called.

‘ActionFreak’ had the KcKdQd9d for a flopped straight and Galfond had the JhThTs9s. The river was the 5s and ‘ActionFreak’ won the pot.

Challenge Results To Date

Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won
Day 1 (Apr. 27) 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32
Day 2 (Apr. 28) 1,017 Phil Galfond €3,632.83
Day 3 (Apr. 30) 844 Phil Galfond €310,594.59
Day 4 (May 1) 665 Phil Galfond €113,377.48
Day 5 (May 4) 680 ActionFreak €95,304.17
Day 6 (May 5) 734 ActionFreak €78,919.35
Day 7 (May 7) 746 Phil Galfond €26,980.36
Day 8 (May 9) 944 Phil Galfond €165,093.85
Day 9 (May 11) 721 ActionFreak €256,044
Day 10 (May 12) 776 Phil Galfond €19,003.35
Day 11 (May 14) 784 ActionFreak €23,363.64
Day 12 (May 15) 710 ActionFreak €57,580.53
Day 13 (May 16) 716 Phil Galfond €48,169.76
Day 14 (May 19) 740 ActionFreak €61,136.84
Total 10,222 Phil Galfond €103,341.37

What’s Next for the Galfond Challenge?

The challenge between Galfond and ‘ActionFreak’ is now more than two-thirds of the way through and there are just 4,778 hands remaining. The six-figure lead that Galfond has may seem like a lot, but it’s not too much more than three buy-ins of a lead.

The two are scheduled to be back in action on Thursday, May 21, for more €150-300 PLO battling.