If you’re rooting for Phil Galfond in his ‘Galfond Challenge’ match against ‘VeniVidi1993,’ then Friday was not a pretty sight. Galfond suffered his worst losing session of the match, dropping nearly €270,000 to ‘VeniVidi1993.’ Galfond is now down €749,173.10 overall.
The two played just 470 hands of €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker on Friday, but that didn’t stop ‘VeniVidi1993’ from racking up a €267,949.70 win.
Through 8,675 hands of the 25,000-hand match, ‘VeniVidi1993’ is up three-quarters of a million dollars. They’re just about one-third through the entire match and things are not looking good for Galfond. Friday marked the 13th session between these two players, and Galfond has averaged a loss of €57,628 in those 13 sessions. Per 100 hands, Galfond is losing at a rate of $8,636 and 43.18 big blinds.
Just a few dozen hands in, Galfond lost the following pot of more than €32,000 to start the slide.
On the board, ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked, Galfond fired a pot-sized bet of €3,599, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €14,396. Galfond called and the river was the . Both players opted to check and it was the that won the €32,391 pot for ‘VeniVidi1993.’
At right around 100 hands played on the day, Galfond lost the following pot worth more than €40,000 after he was picked off on the river by ‘VeniVidi1993.’
There was €16,195.50 in the middle on the board. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked to Galfond, and Galfond fired all in for €12,001.75. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call with the for trip jacks with a ten kicker. Galfond had the for two pair and lost the €40,199 pot.
Not long after that loss, Galfond was on the bad end of another one, and this time it was full house over full house.
With €1,199 in the middle on the board, Galfond checked and ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €611.49. Galfond called and the 6h completed the board on the river. ‘VeniVidi1993’ led with a pot-sized bet of €2,421.98 and Galfond raised to €9,687.92. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call.
‘VeniVidi1993’ had the for a full house, tens over threes. Galfond also had a full house, but it was an inferior one with the for sixes over tens. The pot wasn’t the biggest we’ve seen, but it was still worth nearly €22,000 and it went the way of ‘VeniVidi1993.’
The following hand provides a good example of how Galfond is running in some spots. ‘VeniVidi1993’ didn’t have a monster holding, nor was it was monster pot at €14,397, but it’s a good example of how things have been going.
With €7,198.50 in the middle on the board, Galfond bet €3,599.25 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call. Galfond showed the for a pair of busted flush draws. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the for two pair, aces and sevens, and won the pot.
It was more run bad for Galfond on this next hand, despite flopping top set on a board that didn’t contain any immediate flush draws. The money went in on the flop and Galfond lost a pot of more than €47,000.
With €3,599 in the middle on the board, ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €6,298.25 after Galfond bet €899.75. Galfond fired back with an all-in reraise to €21,708.37 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call.
‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the and Galfond had the . The turn was the to give ‘VeniVidi1993’ a straight, and then the completed the board. ‘VeniVidi1993’ won with a straight and pulled in the €47,015.74 pot.
A bit later in the session, Galfond got his money in holding aces but it didn’t work out.
In preflop action, ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €600, Galfond made it €1,800, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ called. The flop was and Galfond led with a bet of €3,599. ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €14,396 and Galfond reraised all in for €18,799 total. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called to create a pot of €41,197.
‘VeniVidi1993’ shows the and Galfond had the . The turn was the and the river was the . ‘VeniVidi1993’ finished with two pair, kings and aces, to beat Galfond’s aces and win the pot.
Not too long before the day’s session came to a close, ‘VeniVidi1993’ scored another pot of €39,999 off Galfond. Here’s how it went down.
Galfond started the action with a preflop raise to €600, then ‘VeniVidi1993’ reraised to €1,800. Galfond called and the flop was . ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €3,599 and Galfond raised to €14,396. Galfond had €3,804 behind and ‘VeniVidi1993’ reraised enough to put him all in. Galfond called and the cards were shown.
Galfond had the for top two pair. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the . The turn was the and then the river was the . With that river, ‘VeniVidi1993’ made a king-high straight and won the pot.
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|
|Day 12 (Feb. 6)||622||Phil Galfond||€87,940,91|
|Day 13 (Feb. 7)||470||VeniVidi1993||€267,949.70|
What’s Next for the Galfond Challenge?
Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ are planned to resume play on Saturday, February 8, starting at 11 a.m. ET.