Galfond Challenge: Galfond Strikes for €165,417 Win

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Galfond Challenge
On Thursday, Phil Galfond picked up a big win against 'ActionFreak' in the Galfond Challenge

Phil Galfond and ‘ActionFreak‘ played for roughly six hours on Thursday, May 21, to push their ‘Galfond Challenge‘ match to an estimated 11,000 hands complete. The session was the 15th between the two high-stakes players and it resulted in a big win for Galfond.

On Thursday, Galfond won €165,417.31 off of ‘ActionFreak.’ Entering the day, Galfond was in the lead by €103,341.37. With this latest win, Galfond’s lead has been stretched to €271,153.08.

Galfond and ‘ActionFreak’ are playing 15,000 hands of €150-300 PLO, so they have about 4,000 hands remaining. The matches have been playing out on partypoker. At the end of the 15,000-hand sample, the leader will earn an additional €150,000 from his opponent.

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There were plenty of big pots played on Thursday and we’ll start by taking a look at the first all-in clash of the day. It resulted in a €64,452.90 pot going Galfond’s way.

Galfond raised to €900 on the button, ‘ActionFreak’ raised to €2,700 from the big blind, and then Galfond made it €8,100 to go. ‘ActionFreak’ called the four-bet and the flop was Jc4s2s. ‘ActionFreak’ checked, Galfond bet €16,199 for the full pot, and ‘ActionFreak’ went all in. Galfond called for €24,126.95 total.

Galfond had the AsAd9c4h and ‘ActionFreak’ had the AhJh6c5c. The turn was the 8s and the river was the 8c to give Galfond the win.

Things continued to go Galfond’s way when he won an €87,153.98 pot thanks to hitting a full house on the river against a turned straight for ‘ActionFreak.’

With €21,596 in the middle on the Kh9s7hQs board, ‘ActionFreak’ was first and bet the full pot. Galfond took his time and then shoved all in for €32,778.99. ‘ActionFreak’ quickly called.

‘ActionFreak’ had the QcJsTsTc for a straight. Galfond had the KcQh9h5s for two pair and a flush draw. The river was the Kd to give Galfond a full house and he won the pot.

Galfond also won a €71,044.64 pot with a club flush.

On the 9d5c3c flop, there was €5,399 in the middle and ‘ActionFreak’ checked to Galfond, who bet €2,699.50. ‘ActionFreak’ check-raised to €13,497.50 and Galfond went all in for €32,822.82. ‘ActionFreak’ made the call.

Galfond had the 7c6c5s3d and ‘ActionFreak’ had the AdAh9c2d. The turn was the 7d and the river was the Kc. Galfond finished with a club flush and scooped in the pot.

Viewers were also treated to a rare six-bet all-in pot that took place on Thursday, resulting in a €66,995.08 pot going Galfond’s way.

Galfond started the preflop action by raising to €900. After ‘ActionFreak’ raised to €2,700, Galfond bumped it up to €8,100. ‘ActionFreak’ then made it €24,300 to go with €9,197.54 behind. Galfond reraised to put ‘ActionFreak’ all in and ‘ActionFreak’ called.

Galfond had the AcAsQs9s and ‘ActionFreak’ had the AdQh9d8h. The flop, turn, and river ran out Ah7c4h3d5d and Galfond pulled in 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
Day 15 (May 21) 832 Phil Galfond €165,417.31
Total 11,054 Phil Galfond €271,153.08

What’s Next for the Galfond Challenge?

The challenge between Galfond and ‘ActionFreak’ will continue on Friday, May 22, with more €150-300 PLO action. The two have 3,945 hands to go.