Galfond Challenge: ‘VeniVidi1993’ Scores €76,026 Victory

Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' Battle in the First Galfond Challenge Match
Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' Battle in the First Galfond Challenge Match

Friday’s ‘Galfond Challenge’ session saw Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ play 645 hands of €100-200 Pot Limit Omaha on Run It Once Poker, pushing the two past the 17,000-hand mark of their 25,000-hand match. Although he has been crushing lately in what has been a tremendous comeback effort, Galfond lost in the latest session, dropping €76,026.05 to ‘VeniVidi1993.’

The match now sits at 17,048 hands complete, with ‘VeniVidi1993’ up €459,874.71. The two have now played 27 sessions of PLO. If this is your first time tuning in to the Galfond Challenge, you may find it incredible to see that Galfond is down nearly half a million Euros. But, he was down more than €900,000, so the deficit isn’t nearly as bad as it was.

Friday’s match got started with some early fireworks, and there was a €39,999 pot within the first several minutes of the duel.

On the button, Galfond made it €600 to go. ‘VeniVidi1993’ reraised to €1,800 and Galfond called. The Qs6d3c flop came out and ‘VeniVidi1993’ led with a pot-sized bet of €3,599. Galfond raised to €14,396 with €3,804 behind, ‘VeniVidi1993’ shoved for €18,799, and Galfond called off his stack.

Galfond had the AcQd5c3h and ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the KhKd7d4c. The turn and river were the 8c and Qc, giving Galfond the winning hand with a full house, queens over threes.

Another three-bet pot that led to a big all-in clash was the following hand, started by ‘VeniVidi1993’ raising to €600 on the button and Galfond reraising to €1,800 before ‘VeniVidi1993’ called.

The 8h7h3c flop saw Galfond lead for €1,187.67 into a pot of €3,599. ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €7,162.01, Galfond reraised to €19,394.67 and was all in, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call.

Galfond had the 9h6h5d3d and ‘VeniVidi1993’ revealed the KcJc8d7d. The turn was the Qd and the river was the 7s. With a full house, sevens over eights, ‘VeniVidi1993’ was pushed the €42,388.34 pot.

In a €45,135.04 pot later on, ‘VeniVidi1993’ rivered a full house to overtake Galfond’s turned boat.

With €9,199 in the middle on the TsTc2h7c board, ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked and Galfond fired €6,132.67. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call and the two saw the As hit the river. With a stack of €11,835.35 and the pot at €21,464.34, ’VeniVidi1993’ checked. Galfond moved all in, having ‘VeniVidi1993’ covered, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call.

‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the AcAhKs3c for a full house, aces over tens, thanks to the river. Galfond had flopped trip tens and turned tens full of sevens with the QcTh7h3s, but he was on the losing end of the showdown.

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
Day 26 (Mar. 19) 539 Phil Galfond €110,752.58
Day 27 (Mar. 20) 645 VeniVidi1993 €76,026.05
Total 17,048 VeniVidi1993 €459,874.71

What’s Next for the Galfond Challenge?

On Saturday, March 21, Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ will be back for another session of the Galfond Challenge, starting at 12 p.m. ET.

The match is currently 17,048 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.