Galfond Challenge: €28,722 Win for Galfond On Saturday

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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

On Saturday, Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ traded blows for another 680 hands of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker, pushing their 25,000-hand ‘Galfond Challenge’ to 21,339 hands complete. The latest session went Galfond’s way, as he booked a €28,722.88 win. ‘VeniVidi1993’ still leads overall, though, up by €40,422.39.

‘VeniVidi1993’ was the one who jumped out to the early lead on Saturday. He then extended his lead to nearly six figures before Galfond started to come back.

The Galfond Challenge between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ has 3,661 hands left, so only a handful of sessions will be played out between these two. The gap is just about two buy-ins, so this duel is anyone’s to win. Should Galfond come out on top, he’ll win an additional €100,000 side bet from ‘VeniVidi1993.’ Should ‘VeniVidi1993’ be victorious over the 25,000 hands, he’ll score an additional €200,000 from Galfond.

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One of the hands that ‘VeniVidi1993’ won early on Saturday was a €43,784.34 pot with a full house to Galfond’s straight.

There was €9,999 in the middle on the 7s7d3d4h board. Galfond checked and ‘VeniVidi1993’ fired €5,000. Galfond called and the river was the 5s. Galfond checked again and ‘VeniVidi1993’ moved all in for €11,892.67. Galfond called.

Galfond had the 8s8d6d6c for an eight-high straight. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the AdQs4s4d for a full house, fours over sevens, and he scooped the pot.

In the second half of the session, Galfond picked up two big pots in quick succession that really helped him to book a win on Saturday. Here’s the first, where Galfond won a €42,125.66 pot with two pair.

On the Th8s3h flop, ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €2,200 into a pot of €3,599. Galfond called and the turn was the 4c. ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €7,999, which was a pot-sized bet, and Galfond raised to put ‘VeniVidi1993’ all in. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called off his remaining €9,064.33.

‘VeniVidi1993’ had the AdQhJc9c and Galfond had the Td9h6s4d. The river was the 8h and Galfond’s hand held up.

Shortly after that, Galfond pulled in a €39,999 pot with a set of nines.

There was €3,599 in the middle on the Ad9c6c flop and ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €2,200. Galfond raised to €5,600 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ reraised to €18,200 and was all in. Galfond made the call.

Galfond had the Jh9s9d7h and ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the AsTs7d6d. The turn was the Kh and the river was the Js. Galfond’s set of nines held up and he was pushed 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
Day 34 (Apr. 4) 680 Phil Galfond €28,722.88
Total 21,339 VeniVidi1993 €40,422.39

What’s Next for the Galfond Challenge?

Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ have a day off on Sunday, April 5, but then they’ll be back in action for more €100-200 Pot Limit Omaha on Run It Once Poker on Monday, April 6.

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