Phil Galfond (pictured), needless to say, is one of the biggest winners in online poker history, having profited over $7.8 million in cash games on PokerStarsand Full Tilt Poker, according to HighStakesDB. He’s a stud, plain and simple. So, there would be no better person to hear from about where online cash games are headed.
Accordingly, PokerListings sat down with him to get his thoughts on the matter recently and, perhaps surprisingly, even someone as incredible at poker as Galfond is finding it more and more difficult to thrive in the high-stakes world.
“The games are getting worse online. Yeah, it keeps happening. It hasn’t been great. The games have moved from No Limit Hold’em to PLO and now most of the nosebleed games are either Triple Draw or 8-Game,” he told PokerListings.
“I can play Triple Draw, but I’m not really strong enough to step into a lot of 8-Game lineups,” he added.
As for where the big online games are headed, Galfond predicted that it will be important for players to have a strong all-around game. “I think that Triple Draw, over the next two years, will kind of slowly die at high-stakes, so I think Mix is next,” he said.
In the interview, Galfond also talked about one of his biggest poker rivals, Tom Dwan (pictured), who also happens to be a good friend. Dwan, Galfond said, brings out the best in him. “Whenever I play pots against Tom online, I probably have my highest level of focus because he has, I call it intensity. He’s always paying a lot of attention to a hand, so if you look weak, he’s gonna pounce on it. So, I would always play against him with my highest level of focus.”
Dwan also ranks as one of the biggest online cash game winners, having amassed a $2.2 million in profit, according to HighStakesDB.
Galfond isn’t as well-known for his live tournament play – online cash games are still his bread and butter – but he has certainly seen his share of success. This year already, he has two sixth place finishes in World Series of Poker events. He has won one WSOP bracelet lifetime, earned in a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event in 2008, and came extremely close to another last year, finishing as the runner-up in the $25,000 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em event. All told, he has won about $2 million in live tournaments, according to the Hendon Mob.