Galfond Challenge: ‘VeniVidi1993’ Wins €28,538 On Friday

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

Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ went back to the Run It Once Poker streets on Friday for more €100-200 PLO action from their ‘Galfond Challenge.’ This time, it was ‘VeniVidi1993’ winning on the session, taking €28,538.21 off Galfond to extend his lead back to €69,145.27 overall.

On Friday, the two played 632 hands to push the challenge to 20,659 hands complete. Although Galfond isn’t in the black overall, he has done well to cut his deficit down from more than €900,000. On Thursday, Galfond did have a taste of his first overall lead during the session but it didn’t last.

Now, with 4,341 hands to go in the 25,000-hand challenge, the Galfond Challenge between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ is in the home stretch and there are only a handful of sessions left to decide this epic duel.

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The latest session mirrored how the overall challenge has gone so far, with ‘VeniVidi1993’ jumping out to an early lead and stretching it out before Galfond battled back in the second half of the day. ‘VeniVidi1993’ was up six figures at points in the session on Friday before Galfond pulled things back the other way. Galfond just couldn’t finish the session out with a win.

One of the pots that helped Galfond turn things around on the day was the following €40,990.34 pot.

With €17,985 in the middle on the Ad3s2h4sKd board, ‘VeniVidi1993’ fired a pot-sized bet. Galfond had €11,502.67 behind and made the call.

Galfond had the 9h6h5s5c for a six-high straight. He beat the Ts8h5h5d that ‘VeniVidi1993’ held.

Much later in the session, Galfond was able to win another pot of €40,199 to help cut Friday’s losses even more.

After Galfond bet €395.67 into €1,199 on the Td8h3h flop, ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €1,888.43. Galfond reraised to €4,600 and then ‘VeniVidi1993’ made it €14,999 to go. Galfond shoved and ‘VeniVidi1993’ called off his last €4,501.

‘VeniVidi1993’ had the 9h7h7d4h and Galfond had the AhTc8c6h. The turn was the 2c and the river was the Qd. Both kept Galfond’s hand best and he 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
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
Day 28 (Mar. 21) 503 Phil Galfond €140,979.28
Day 29 (Mar. 26) 642 Phil Galfond €85,271.31
Day 30 (Mar. 27) 777 VeniVidi1993 €26,992.32
Day 31 (Mar. 28) 393 Phil Galfond €106,328.51
Day 32 (Apr. 2) 664 Phil Galfond €113,680.87
Day 33 (Apr. 3) 632 VeniVidi1993 €28,538.21
Total 20,659 VeniVidi1993 €69,145.27

What’s Next for the Galfond Challenge?

Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ will be back on Saturday, April 4, for more €100-200 Pot Limit Omaha on Run It Once Poker. They’re less than 5,000 hands from the finish line, so buckle up. This battle is still anyone’s to be won.

Remember, Galfond is 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.