Galfond Challenge: Galfond Wins €139,485 On Saturday

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

The ‘Galfond Challenge’ between Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ continued on Saturday, March 14. The two battled for 664 hands, with Galfond scoring a big winning session.

On Saturday, Galfond won €139,485.78 off ‘VeniVidi1993.’ Although ‘VeniVidi1993’ is still up overall through the 15,864 hands played between the two, Galfond has cut his deficit to less than €500,000 after being down more than €900,000. The official tally has ‘VeniVidi1993’ up €494,601.24.

Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ are scheduled to play 25,000 hands of €100-200 Pot Limit Omaha on Run It Once Poker. They’ve got 9,136 hands to go and Galfond is putting up one heck of a comeback since the match went on break at the decision of Galfond to take some time off to regroup.

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The two went on hiatus following the 15th session of the match that took place on February 9. At that point, ‘VeniVidi1993’ was up €900,240.17. Of the 15 sessions played up until that point, ‘VeniVidi1993’ had won in 13 of them, including daily wins of €267,949.70 on February 7 and €155,063.52 on January 27. Since returning to action on March 4, Galfond has won back more than €400,000. Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ have now played 10 sessions since the break, and Galfond has won eight of those 10.

Let’s take a look at a couple of highlights from Saturday’s Galfond Challenge session.

Galfond’s winning ways came early on Saturday, as he scooped a €42,597.84 pot just a few hands into the session.

There was €3,599 in the middle on the Qs8h5d flop and ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet the full pot. Galfond raised to €14,396 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ shoved for €19,499.42 total. Galfond called.

Galfond had the QcTh7d6h and ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the AdAh8s6d. The 3d landed on the turn, followed by the 4h on the river. With the river, Galfond made an eight-high straight and won the pot.

Later on, the two clashed in an even bigger pot worth €67,674.98. Galfond won it and did so with just a pair of fours, if you can believe it.

On the 8d4c3h flop, Galfond fired a pot-sized wager of €3,599. ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €14,396, Galfond shoved, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ called off his remaining €17,641.99.

Galfond had the Ac6h5c4h for a pair of fours and a straight draw plus backdoor flush draws. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the As7h6d5h for a straight draw and one backdoor flush draw. The turn was the Kh and the river was the Jc, leaving Galfond’s pair of fours as the winner.

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
Day 25 (Mar. 14) 664 Phil Galfond €139,485.78
Total 15,864 VeniVidi1993 €494,601.24


What’s Next for the Galfond Challenge?

The Galfond Challenge between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ will resume on Thursday, March 19, starting at 12 p.m. ET. Sunday will be a day off for the two.

The match is currently 15,864 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.