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 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 and Galfond had the . The turn was the and the river was the . 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 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 and was up against the . The river was the 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 board, both players checked to see the land on the river. ‘VeniVidi1993’ led with a bet of €900 and Galfond called. ‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the 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 came out. After ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €3,600, Galfond raised all in for €16,681.25. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call.
‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the and Galfond had the . The turn was the and river the . ‘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 board, there was €6,994.16 in the middle and ‘VeniVidi1993’ led with a pot-sized bet. Galfond called and the 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 for a full house, jacks full of fours. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the 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|
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.