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.
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 . ‘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 and ‘ActionFreak’ had the . The turn was the and the river was the 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 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 for a straight. Galfond had the for two pair and a flush draw. The river was the 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 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 and ‘ActionFreak’ had the . The turn was the and the river was the . 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 and ‘ActionFreak’ had the . The flop, turn, and river ran out 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|
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.