Galfond Challenge: ‘VeniVidi1993’ Grabs €72,527 Lead After Day 1

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

Day 1 of the ‘Galfond Challenge‘ is in the books. On Wednesday, Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993‘ played the first 655 hands of their 25,000-hand challenge, with ‘VeniVidi1993’ jumping out to the early lead having won €72,527.68.

“It was fun,” Galfond said on the live stream after the match was over. “Obviously I didn’t win Day 1, but it felt great to be back in the action. I enjoyed it.”

Viewers from around the world got to watch Galfond take on ‘VeniVidi1993’ on the Twitch channel of Run It Once Poker and the stream kicked off shortly after 11 a.m. ET. Play lasted about four hours, which was enough time for Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ to complete 655 hands across two tables o €100-€200 heads-up PLO on Run It Once Poker.

In addition to the money at stake on the virtual felt, Galfond has put up €200,000 to the €100,000 of ‘VeniVidi1993’ in side action. The player who comes out on top over the course of the 25,000 hands will win the side bet.

“I think he played kind of similarly to what I expected, but I didn’t have very clear expectations,” Galfond said of his opponent, ‘VeniVidi1993.’ “He played very well. What I was looking forward to today, honestly, coming back from not doing this for awhile, I was looking to not feel lost, essentially. That was kind of the scary outcome. That I get in there and it’s too fast and furious and I just feel like I’m lost. I didn’t feel lost, so I’m optimistic. Going forward, I think that the way that I play I can get stronger as we go.”

The first big pot came fairly early in the match, and it involved the two sides getting all the money in on the flop to create a €47,791.32 pot.

‘VeniVidi1993’ opened up the action with a raise to €600 on the button. Galfond kicked it up to €1,800 and then ‘VeniVidi1993’ came back with a four-bet to €5,400. Galfond called and the flop came down KcQs2s. Galfond checked and ‘VeniVidi1993’ fired a pot-sized bet of €10,799. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had €7,697.16 behind and Galfond had him covered. Galfond moved all in and ‘VeniVidi1993’ called with the AdAc7h5c. Galfond had the KhTs8s8h. The turn was the 9h and river the Td to give Galfond the winning hand with two pair, kings and tens. This pot was worth €47,791.32 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ was forced to reload.

There was plenty of action back and forth, including another big hand that involved ‘VeniVidi1993’ flopping quads and a €39,793.50 pot.

With a board reading JdJs5s8h and the pot sitting at €10,797, ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked to Galfond, who bet €5,398.50. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called the the river brought the 3d. Action was checked to Galfond again, and he fired all in, covering the €9,099.75 stack of ‘VeniVidi1993.’ ‘VeniVidi1993’ quickly called with the KdQcJcJh, having flopped quads jacks. Galfond had flopped a big one himself, holding the QsTh5h5d for a flopped full house. ‘VeniVidi1993’ would win this one, though, and the €39,793.50 pot was shipped his way.

This next hand we’ll recap involved ‘VeniVidi1993’ getting the best of Galfond in a pot worth €54,381. This time, it was the full house, sixes full of fives, for ‘VeniVidi1993’ beating Galfond’s full house with fives full of aces.

Preflop, Galfond raised to €600 on the button and ‘VeniVidi1993’ called. The AcKc6h flop came out and ‘VeniVidi1993’ check-called a bet of €799.33 from Galfond. The turn was the 5d and ‘VeniVidi1993’ check-called another bet from Galfond, this time for €2,797.66. After the river completed the board with the 5h, ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked, Galfond fired €8,392.98, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ check-raised the full pot to €33,571.92, which was enough to put Galfond all in. Galfond had €14,600.53 behind and called with the AdKd7s5c, but his hand was no good against the As6s6c2s for ‘VeniVidi1993.’

Another pot that helped ‘VeniVidi1993’ to finish the first day with the lead in the match came in the form of a cooler when both players made full houses.

On the QsQd6c7d6d board, the pot sat at €13,993. Galfond was first to act and fired a full pot-size bet from his stack of €18,492.75. ‘VeniVidi1993,’ who was sitting on a stack of €20,398.83 behind, raised all in. Galfond called off his remaining €4,499.75 with the KdKhQh6s for a full house. Galfond also had a six which meant he had a blocker to ‘VeniVidi1993’ having quads. ‘VeniVidi1993’ didn’t have quads, but he still had Galfond beat, showing the Qc7h6h2c for a better full house – queens full of sevens. The pot was worth more than €50,000 and went over the ‘VeniVidi1993.’

Challenge Results To Date

Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won
Day 1 (Jan. 22) 655 VeniVidi1993 €72,527.68

If Galfond Wins, Everyone Wins

During the Galfond Challenge, Run It Once Poker players have a chance to added rewards. Through Run It Once Poker’s ‘Splash the Winnings’ promotion, every player on Run It Once Poker has the chance to win on any day that Galfond wins in the challenge.

During the first two weeks of the Galfond Challenge, on any day when Galfond is profitable in a match, Run It Once Poker’s ‘Splash the Pot’ promotion will be doubled. For more information, including how you can sign up for Run It Once Poker, check out PocketFives’ dedicated page for the site.

What’s Next for the Galfond Challenge?

The battle between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ is far from over. With 655 hands complete, this match is just 2.6% done. We got to witness a lot of big pots on the first day and can only imagine the action picks up as Galfond gets more of his comfortability back.

Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ plan to resume play on Thursday, January 23, at 11 a.m. ET. The play will once again be streamed on the Run It Once Poker Twitch channel.

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