Galfond Challenge: Five Biggest Pots Between Against ‘VeniVidi1993’

Biggest Galfond Challenge pots between Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993'
Take a look at the biggest pots between Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' from the Galfond Challenge

The first ‘Galfond Challenge‘ was fascinating theatre between Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993,’ and it ended with Galfond completing one of poker’s most incredible comebacks. Throughout the 25,000 hands played, there were plenty of big pots swinging the action back and forth. In this article, PocketFives is going to take a look at the five largest pots that took place between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993.’

Chopped pots were thrown out, though. As much as James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton want to drive home that “everyone loves a chopped pot,” it’s more fun to see the chips pushed one way or the other. Here are the five largest pots between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ that were played during their battle of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker.

5. Two Pair Gives ‘VeniVidi1993’ €68,932 Pot

The fifth largest pot between the two high-stakes poker players occurred during the March 20 session of play. It didn’t quite hit €70,000 in size, but it was very close, coming in at €68,932.06.

‘VeniVidi1993’ opened this pot with a raise to €600 on the button. Galfond reraised to €1,800 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ called. The flop was Ks7s6d and Galfond bet €1,187.67. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called.

The Qc came on the turn and Galfond bet again, this time for €2,987.17. ‘VeniVidi1993’ pumped it up with a raise to €14,395.85 and Galfond called. The river was the 8h and Galfond checked. ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet all of his chips for a wager of €16,543.01. Galfond called.

‘VeniVidi1993’ showed two pair, kings and queens, with his KdQhTd6s and Galfond couldn’t beat it with the Kc7h5h3c.

4. ‘VeniVidi1993’ Wins €72,023 with Three Kings

The fourth largest pot played between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ was a €72,023.22 one during the March 6 session that saw ‘VeniVidi1993’ make three-of-a-kind kings.

On the button, ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €600. Galfond reraised to €1,800 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call. The flop came down Kd5c2d and Galfond led with a bet of €899.75. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called to see the 4h hit the board on fourth street. After Galfond checked, ‘VeniVidi1993’ pounced with a bet of €2,753.24. Galfond fired right back with a raise to €13,658.22. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called.

On the river, the Ts hit the board. Galfond had €19,654.14 left and moved all in. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called and the pot ballooned to more than €72,000. ‘VeniVidi1993’ showed his KsKh3h2s for three kings and Galfond had the losing TcTd7h6c for a set of tens.

3. Flush Gives Galfond €75,220 Pot

The third largest pot came from the session on February 6 and it was worth €75,220.42. The pot went Galfond’s way with a flush and we didn’t get to see what ‘VeniVidi1993’ had because he mucked his hand.

‘VeniVidi1993’ raised on the button to €600 and Galfond called. The flop was Qc9c4d and Galfond checked. ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €803.33 and Galfond called. The turn was the 8s and Galfond checked again. ‘VeniVidi1993’ fired €2,805.66 and Galfond check-raised to €11,222.64. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called. The river was the Ac and Galfond fired all in for €24,984.74. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call.

Galfond showed the JsTc7c3h for a club flush and ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the losing QhJcTh4s.

2. ’VeniVidi1993’ Scoops €75,536 with Two Pair

The second largest pot played between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ took place during the February 8 session. It was worth €75,536.82 and saw ‘VeniVidi1993’ win with two pair.

Galfond raised on the button to €600 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call from the big blind. The flop came down AsTs7c and ‘VeniVidi1993’ check-called a bet of €799.33 from Galfond. The turn was the 5c and ‘VeniVidi1993’ check-raised Galfond’s wager of €2,797.66 to €11,190.64. Galfond made the call to see the Qh land on the river. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked and Galfond fired all in for €25,178.94. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call.

‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the AcQcTh3s for two pair, aces and queens, and beat Galfond’s 9h8c6h2h.

1. €81,896 Pot Saves Galfond’s Day

The largest pot played between Galfon and ‘VeniVidi1993’ came in the sixth session between the two, which was back on January 28, and it was an €81,896.68 banger.

Galfond bet €1,349.63 on a board of JdTc3h4d and ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €9,447.39. Galfond called and the river completed the board with the 7c. After Galfond checked, ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €12,389.57. Galfond put in a check-raise to €30,847.46 and was all in.

‘VeniVidi1993’ had €16,412.13 behind and called with the JsJc6d5h. ‘VeniVidi1993’ flopped a set of jacks and went on to finish with a seven-high straight. But Galfond had the QsQd9d8d for a jack-high straight and he hauled in the €81,896.68 pot that helped him book a breakeven day.