Galfond Challenge: Galfond Trails By €8,171 with One Session Left

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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

Who doesn’t love a six-figure coin flip? That’s basically what the ‘Galfond Challenge’ between Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ is down to.

Through 24,302 hands of their 25,000-hand challenge, ‘VeniVidi1993’ holds a small lead of €8,171.67 over Galfond. The remaining 698 hands should be cranked out in one final session that will decide it all, with Galfond having an additional €200,000 on the line up against the €100,000 of ‘VeniVidi1993.’

The two have now played 38 sessions of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker. Through the first 15 sessions, ‘VeniVidi1993’ put a hurting on Galfond to the tune of more than €900,000 total. Galfond took an extended break, paid a few penalties for missed sessions, and returned with a comeback for the ages, fully wiping out the deficit.

Now, it’s one final session, scheduled for Sunday, April 12, to decide it all.

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Friday’s session saw ‘VeniVidi1993’ get the lead early, but then Galfond battled back to move in front. During the middle bit of the session, ‘VeniVidi1993’ was out in front and it looked like he might run away with things. Galfond fought back, though, and ended up the day in the black by €23,581.50.

Giving some worry to Galfond backers early was the loss of a huge €65,209.64 pot that Galfond suffered to ‘VeniVidi1993.’

Galfond checked the Kh5h2s5s board with €7,198 in the middle and ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet the pot. Galfond check-raised to €28,792, leaving himself with just €213.82 behind. ‘VeniVidi1993’ shoved and Galfond called.

Galfond had the AcQd5c4h for trip fives. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the 7s6h2h2d for a full house, deuces over fives. The river Th kept ‘VeniVidi1993’ in the lead and he hauled in the big pot.

Just when it looked like ‘VeniVidi1993’ was going to really pull away from Galfond in the middle portion of Friday’s session, Galfond started clawing back, including winning the following €14,397 pot.

With €4,799 in the middle on the 9h7h7dQc board, Galfond checked and ‘VeniVidi1993’ fired a pot-sized wager. Galfond called and the river was the 2h. Both players checked and it was Galfond’s AcQh8h4c that won him the pot with a flush. ‘VeniVidi1993’ mucked his hand.

Another pot involving a Galfond-winning flush was the following one worth €10,791. This one also came during the middle portion of Friday’s session when ‘VeniVidi1993’ was winning on the day but Galfond was fighting back.

There was €1,199 in the middle on the Qs9c7h3c board and ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked. Galfond bet €1,199 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call to see the 8c complete the board. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked, Galfond bet a pot-sized €3,597, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ quickly called.

Galfond showed a queen-high flush with the AsQcTc6h and ‘VeniVidi1993’ mucked his hand.

Nearing the end of the session, Galfond got paid off in the following €32,391 pot.

After ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked the 7d5d5h7s board, Galfond bet a pot-sized €3,599. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call and the Ts hit the river. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked and Galfond bet €10,797, which was the full pot amount. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call.

Galfond revealed the Ks7c6h4s for an eight-high straight and ‘VeniVidi1993’ mucked his hand.

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
Day 35 (Apr. 6) 758 Phil Galfond €121,486.95
Day 36 (Apr. 7) 592 VeniVidi1993 €34,580.19
Day 37 (Apr. 9) 883 VeniVidi1993 €78,237.54
Day 38 (Apr. 10) 734 Phil Galfond €23,581.50
Total 24,302 VeniVidi1993 €8,171.67

What’s Next for the Galfond Challenge?

The Galfond Challenge between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ has just 698 hands to go. After a break on Saturday, April 11, for the Run It Once Poker charity event to benefit COVID-19 relief to take place, Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ will be back on Sunday, April 12, for another session of €100-200 Pot Limit Omaha on Run It Once Poker. Sunday’s session should be the final session between these two. With the gap being so small, it’s anyone’s game to win.

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