Galfond Challenge: Galfond Picks Up Another €19,099

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 Friday, March 13, Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ continued their ‘Galfond Challenge’ match by playing another 628 hands of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker. Galfond came out on top of the session with a €19,099.65 win.

Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ have no played 15,200 hands of their 25,000-hand match. ‘VeniVidi1993’ is still leading overall by a large margin, but Galfond has trimmed the deficit from more than €900,000 to €634,087.02. The two have less than 10,000 hands to go to complete the challenge, with Galfond risking €200,000 in side action to the €100,000 of ‘VeniVidi1993.’

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Galfond starting off the winning on Friday almost immediately. Just a few hands into the session, he won the following pot without having to go to a showdown.

On the Ah8c2hTs board, there was €5,398.50 in the middle. Galfond was first to act and bet the pot. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call to see the Ac pair the board on the river. Galfond fired all in for €13,811.24. ‘VeniVidi1993’ folded and Galfond picked up the pot.

A little bit later, Galfond won another big one, this time for €44,793.

On the Jh8c3c flop, ‘VeniVidi1993’ led with a bet of €1,835.49 and Galfond called. The turn was the 5s and ‘VeniVidi1993’ fired a pot-sized bet of €7,269.98. Galfond raised the pot to €29,079.92, effectively putting ‘VeniVidi1993’ all in. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called off his last €11,491.53.

Galfond revealed the Th8d7s3s and ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the AdAsTs9c. The river completed the board with the 2c and Galfond scooped the pot with his two pair, eights and threes.

Shortly after that, another big one went Galfond’s way. This time, he scooped a €43,193.50 pot with a full house, fours over queens.

On the JsTh4h flop, ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €1,835.49 and Galfond raised to €4,600. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call and the Qs landed on the turn. ‘VeniVidi1993’ fired a pot-sized bet of €12,799, with €2,398.25 behind. Galfond shoved and ‘VeniVidi1993’ quickly called.

‘VeniVidi1993’ had the AdAhKc2d for a turned Broadway straight. Galfond had the As4s4c3c for a set of fours and a flush draw. The river was the Qd to pair the board and that gave Galfond a winning full house.

Later in the match, at about the halfway point, ‘VeniVidi1993’ was able to score a nice one with a king-high flush to Galfond’s lower flush.

There was €7,198 in the middle on the Qc2c2hKd board and both players checked to see the 3c land on the river. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked, Galfond bet the full pot, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call.

Galfond had the KhJcTd4c for a club flush, but it was the Kc8h6c5h of ‘VeniVidi1993’ that was the winner of this €21,594 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
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
Day 24 (Mar. 13) 628 Phil Galfond €19,099.65
Total 15,200 VeniVidi1993 €634,087.02


What’s Next for the Galfond Challenge?

The Galfond Challenge between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ will continue on Saturday, March 14 starting at 12 p.m. ET.

The match is currently 15,200 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.