Galfond Challenge: Galfond Books €23,821 Win

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

On Thursday, Phil Galfond took more than €23,000 off ‘VeniVidi1993’ in the 23rd session of their ‘Galfond Challenge’ match. The two played 598 hands of €100-200 Pot Limit Omaha on Run It Once Poker, and Galfond finished in the black by €23,821.05. That puts the overall match tally at €653,186.67 in favor of ‘VeniVidi1993.’

Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ have no completed 14,572 hands of their 25,000-hand match. At more than 58% complete, Galfond is down more than 32 buy-ins and 3,265.9 big blinds. Those numbers may sound bad, and it is a big hole that Galfond is in, but it wasn’t too long ago that Galfond was down more than 45 buy-ins and 4,500 big blinds.

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The fireworks started early on Thursday, with the two getting all in for a €39,999 pot just a few dozen hands into the session.

On the Ts5d3d flop, there was €3,599 in the middle and ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €1,835.49. Galfond raised to €4,800 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ fired back with a reraise to €17,999. Galfond went all in for €18,200 total and ‘VeniVidi1993’ quickly called.

‘VeniVidi1993’ had the AsTcTd8s for top set and Galfond had the Ad8d5s4s for straight and flush draws. The 9h hit the turn and then the Kd landed on the river. With the river, Galfond made a winning flush and scooped the pot.

Later on, another €39,999 pot was played. Again, it went to Galfond.

With €7,269.98 in the middle on the AhTs3cKs board, ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €3,707.69 and Galfond called. The 9d landed on the river and ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet all in for €12,656.82. Galfond made the call.

Galfond had the 5s4s3h3d for a set of threes. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the JdTc2c2d for a pair of tens and was caught bluffing.

A third big pot that went Galfond’s way came near the end of the session and it was a pot worth €61,690.28. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had a flush, but Galfond made a bigger flush.

On the Th7s5h4s6h board, Galfond checked and ‘VeniVidi1993’ fired a pot-sized bet of €7,269.98. Galfond went for the check-raise and made it €29,079.92 to go, covering ‘VeniVidi1993,’ who had €19,940.17 behind. ‘VeniVidi1993’ tank-called.

‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call with the QhJs7h5c for a queen-high flush in hearts. Galfond also had a flush and his was of the ace-high variety with the AdAh9h3c.

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
Day 14 (Feb. 8) 593 VeniVidi1993 €48,473.73
Day 15 (Feb. 9) 659 VeniVidi1993 €102,593.34
Day 16 (Mar. 4) 574 Phil Galfond €183,481.38
Day 17 (Mar. 5) 582 VeniVidi1993 €21,571.51
Day 18 (Mar. 6) 555 Phil Galfond €27,198.94
Day 19 (Mar. 7) 638 Phil Galfond €26,018.41
Day 20 (Mar. 9) 566 Phil Galfond €92,803.89
Day 21 (Mar. 10) 576 Phil Galfond €3,766.94
Day 22 (Mar. 11) 556 VeniVidi1993 €88,465.60
Day 23 (Mar. 12) 598 Phil Galfond €23,821.05
Total 14,572 VeniVidi1993 €653,186.67


What’s Next for the Galfond Challenge?

The Galfond Challenge between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ will continue on Friday, March 13 starting at 12 p.m. ET.

The match is currently 14,572 hands complete. The two are scheduled to play 25,000 hands, with Galfond putting up €200,000 in side action to the €100,000 of ‘VeniVidi1993.’

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