Galfond Challenge: Galfond Now Down Nearly €570,000

Phil Galfond Challenge vs. 'VeniVidi1993'
The first match of the Galfond Challenge sees Phil Galfond take on 'VeniVidi1993' in 25,000 hands of €100-€200 PLO

Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993‘ played another session of their ‘Galfond Challenge‘ match on Tuesday, and they battled for 741 hands at €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker. At the end of the session, ‘VeniVidi1993’ finished up €15,647.36.

“It’s fun at times,” Galfond told Joe Stapleton after Tuesday’s session after Stapleton asked if Galfond was having fun. “I really do enjoy playing. I love the game, but of course it’s tough consistency losing. I wouldn’t say I’m having fun, but I’m enjoying playing, I guess.”

The latest win improved the overall lead to €569,164.31 for ‘VeniVidi1993,’ and Galfond has now lost at averages of €51,742.21 per session, €7,505.79 per 100 hands, and 37.53 big blinds per 100 hands. Galfond’s 25,000-hand match against ‘VeniVidi1993’ is now 7,583 hands complete. If these averages keep up, Galfond is on pace to lose more than €1.8 million to ‘VeniVidi1993.’

Tuesday’s session went similar to Monday’s, in that Galfond was getting beat much worse than where he finished the day. On Monday, Galfond was down more than €170,000 at some points, but he battled back to finish down just over €100,000. On Tuesday, Galfond was done more than €60,000 at some points, but he battled back to finish down just €15,647.36.

One of the interesting elements of the Galfond Challenge against ‘VeniVidi1993’ is that the players have the option to reset the stack sizes to original buy-in amounts of €20,000 each. According to Galfond, who was asked about the resetting of stacks after Tuesday’s session, the rule is that either player can request a stack reset when the stacks get to 200 big blinds deep.

“The technical rule is that when we’re 200 big blinds deep, either player can request and force a table change, but we don’t have to if nobody wants to,” Galfond said. “There have been some times when we’re 220 deep on one table and 150 on the other and if he says ‘do you want to break these tables?’ I just say ‘yeah, no problem’ because I am actually kind of indifferent to stack size anyways.”

Galfond said that so far it’s only been ‘VeniVidi1993’ requesting stacks to be reset and that he hasn’t requested one himself. He also added that there are additional rules in place “about everything” and that the rules are in place so one person isn’t being “unreasonable.” For breaks, there are rules for both for the amount of time for each break and the number of breaks allowed, for example.

Galfond started the session winning, but then things started to turn for ‘VeniVidi1993.’ One of the pots that helped ‘VeniVidi1993’ get going on Tuesday was the following one worth €39,999 when he made quads.

With €3,599 in the middle on the 6d3d3h flop, ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €899.75 and Galfond raised to €2,600. ‘VeniVidi1993’ came back with a reraise to €7,087.49 and Galfond moved all in. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had €11,112.51 behind and made the call.

‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the AsAhKc3c and Galfond had the AdJd7d6c. The turn was the 4s and the river was the 3s. The river gave ‘VeniVidi1993’ quads threes and won him the pot to double up.

Later on, Galfond pulled the following pot of more than €50,000 his way to help get a lead back.

With €7,198 in the middle, the board was 6c4c2dQd on the turn. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked, Galfond bet €7,198, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised all in for €21,842.64. Galfond called to create a pot of €50,883.28.

Galfond showed the Td9h6d2h and was up against the KdQcTc8h. The river was the 6h to give Galfond a full house and the pot of more than €50,000.

We already told you about how ‘VeniVidi1993’ made quads on Tuesday, well how about a hand when he made a straight flush?

With €2,797.66 in the middle on the JsTs6d7s board, both players checked to see the 4d land on the river. ‘VeniVidi1993’ led with a bet of €900 and Galfond called. ‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the 9s8s8h3s for a jack-high straight flush and pulled in the pot. It wasn’t the biggest of pots, but it all adds up at the end of the day.

About halfway through Tuesday’s session, the two played the following hand that resulted in a €44,000 pot after a four-bet preflop.

‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €600, Galfond reraised to €1,800, and then ‘VeniVidi1993’ reraised to €5,400. Galfond called and the Ac8s3c came out. After ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €3,600, Galfond raised all in for €16,681.25. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call.

‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the AdTs9s8d and Galfond had the AhJh7c4c. The turn was the 7s and river the Ks. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had run out a spade flush and won the €44,161.50 pot.

Another highlight from Tuesday’s session includes the following hand that was a bit of a cooler. The good thing for Galfond and his supporters is that the cooler was in his favor.

On the 9h4c2sJd board, there was €6,994.16 in the middle and ‘VeniVidi1993’ led with a pot-sized bet. Galfond called and the Js completed the board on the river. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked, Galfond bet €20,982.48 for the full pot and enough to put ‘VeniVidi1993’ all in. ‘VeniVidi1993,’ who had €12,140.70 left in his stack, made the quick call.

Galfond showed the AhJh4s3h for a full house, jacks full of fours. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the Qs9c9d6s for his own full house, nines over jacks, but the €45,263.88 pot went Galfond’s way.

Challenge Results To Date

Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won
Day 1 (Jan. 22) 655 VeniVidi1993 €72,572.68
Day 2 (Jan. 23) 715 Phil Galfond €2,615.26
Day 3 (Jan. 24) 557 VeniVidi1993 €84,437.52
Day 4 (Jan. 25) 581 VeniVidi1993 €17,544.87
Day 5 (Jan. 27) 726 VeniVidi1993 €155,063.52
Day 6 (Jan. 28) 703 VeniVidi1993 €13.31
Day 7 (Jan. 30) 823 VeniVidi1993 €52,057.13
Day 8 (Jan. 31) 940 VeniVidi1993 €60,743.37
Day 9 (Feb. 1) 446 VeniVidi1993 12,706.51
Day 10 (Feb. 3) 696 VeniVidi1993 €100,993.30
Day 11 (Feb. 4) 741 VeniVidi1993 €15,647.36
Total 7,583 VeniVidi1993 €569,164.31


What’s Next for the Galfond Challenge?

Another off day comes on Wednesday before Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ resume play on Thursday, February 6, starting at 11 a.m. ET.

Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.