Galfond Challenge: Huge €310,594 Win for Galfond On Thursday

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On Thursday, Phil Galfond booked a win of more than €300,000 in the Galfond Challenge against 'ActionFreak'

The third session of the ‘Galfond Challenge‘ between Phil Galfond and ‘ActionFreak‘ took place on Thursday. The session lasted 844 hands and saw Galfond score a huge €310,594.59 win.

Overall, the 15,000-hand match is is now 2,006 hands complete and Galfond is up €303,065.10. At the end of 15,000 hands of €150-300 PLO on Run It Once Poker, the player who is up will win an additional €150,000 from the other.

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With Galfond having such a dominating day, let’s take a look at some of the biggest pots he won on Thursday.

The first big pot we’ll highlight from Thursday’s session was one worth €76,193 and it involved Galfond making quad aces, if you can believe it.

The pot was €8,962.34 on the AhQs4d5d board and Galfond checked. ‘ActionFreak’ fired €4,839.66 and Galfond check-raised to €23,481.32. ‘ActionFreak’ shoved all in for €33,615.33 and Galfond quickly called.

Galfond had the AsAcTh8d for top set of aces. ‘ActionFreak’ had the JcTd5s5c for a set of fives and a straight draw. The river was the Ad to give Galfond four-of-a-kind aces and he hauled in the pot.

Later on, Galfond won another big one, this time to the tune of €99,104.96 when he turned a Broadway straight against ‘ActionFreak.’

Galfond bet €2,699.50 into a pot of €5,399 on the KdTc8h flop. ‘ActionFreak’ raised to €13,497.50 and Galfond came back over the top with a reraise to €45,891.50. ‘ActionFreak’ shoved and Galfond called off his remaining €961.48.

Galfond had the AsQhJdJs and ‘ActionFreak’ showed the KsTh8c2h. The turn was the Ad and the river was the 3c. With that, Galfond had a Broadway straight and won the pot worth just shy of six figures.

The final pot we’ll highlight from Thursday involved another winning straight for Galfond, this time to take down a €70,356.28 pot.

We pick this one up with €16,197 in the middle on the Th9d4sQs board. ‘ActionFreak’ led with a pot-sized bet and Galfond made the call. The river was the Ahand ‘ActionFreak’ shoved all in for €19,655.38, which covered the €10,882.64 that Galfond had left. Galfond made the call.

Galfond had the JdTd8d6s for a straight to the queen. ‘ActionFreak’ had the AsAd4h4c for a set of aces and the pot went Galfond’s way.

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
Total 2,006 Phil Galfond €303,065.10

What’s Next for the Galfond Challenge?

Galfond and ‘ActionFreak’ will be back in action on Friday, May 1.

Right now, Galfond is currently playing two challenges. He has this one that kicked off against ‘ActionFreak’ and he’s also playing the one against Bill Perkins. The match against ‘ActionFreak’ will be played more regularly with sessions against Perkins worked in here and there. For details on all of the matches, check out PocketFives’ dedicated Galfond Challenge hub.