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  1. With people around the world quarantined in their own homes in the early throes of the global coronavirus pandemic in mid-April, Phil Galfond put the finishing touches on his back-from-the-dead victory against the mysterious ‘Venividi1993’ in the first of the Galfond Challenges. The poker world was tuned in and engrossed in the final moments. Galfond ended up ahead of ‘Venividi1993’ by €9,843.25 to win the challenge and the €100,000 side bet that accompanied it. Poker media outlets spent the days following it going in-depth on how Galfond, long considered one of the best heads-up Pot Limit
  2. Day 9 of the 'Galfond Challenge' played out on Saturday, with 'VeniVidi1993' extending his lead with a €12,706.51 win. The latest session puts 'VeniVidi1993' up €452,523.65 against Phil Galfond overall. On Saturday, Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' played 446 hands of €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker. The duo is now 6,146 hands through their 25,000-hand match that has seen 'VeniVidi1993' come out ahead in eight of nine sessions played. To date, Galfond is losing -€50,280.41 per session, -€7,362.90 per 100 hands, and -36.81 big blinds per 100 hands on average. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article
  3. Thursday brought another day of the 'Galfond Challenge' between Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993.' The two played 823 of €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker, with the result being another winning day for 'VeniVidi1993,' as he finished up €52,057.13 on the session. With Thursday’s win, 'VeniVidi1993' is now up €379,073.77 through 4,760 hands of the 25,000-hand match. It was Day 7 between these two and it was a swingy one. Galfond started the day down but then fought back to get in the green. Things swung the other way, though, and Galfond got down as much as €105,000 or so. He battled back to o
  4. The 'Galfond Challenge' continued on Friday, with Day 3 of the match between Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993.' The two played another 557 hands of €100-€200 heads-up Pot Limit Omaha on Run It Once Poker and it was 'VeniVidi1993' coming out on top with a €84,437.52 winning session. 'VeniVidi1993' is now up €154,394.94 on Galfond overall and the two have played 1,927 of the 25,000 hands they are slated to battle through. After Friday's session, Galfond joined Joe Stapleton on the Run It Once Poker Twitch channel to discuss the day. "At the beginning, I would've said that I started off runni
  5. Day 2 of the 'Galfond Challenge' wrapped up on Thursday, with Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' playing another 715 hands of their 25,000-hand match on Run It Once Poker. After 'VeniVidi1993' jumped out to the early lead on Day 1, Galfond was the winner on Day 2 by finishing €2,615.26 in the black. "Yesterday, the result was worse, but I felt better than I did today," Galfond said on the live stream after the match was over. "Today kind of felt like I couldn't get anything going or what I was trying to do wasn't working. [VeniVidi1993] played very tough today, for sure." The duo has now pl
  6. 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." [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”] Viewers from around the world got to watch Galfond take on 'VeniVidi1993' on the Twitch channel of Run It O
  7. As Phil Galfond prepares to embark on an ambitious series of heads-up Pot Limit Omaha challenges against six competitors, PocketFives Managing Editor Donnie Peters talked to the three-time WSOP bracelet winner. In the second of two features, Galfond discusses the motivation behind the challenge and what it's like for him to step back into the world of high stakes online cash. Read Part 1: One Year In, Phil Galfond’s Run It Once Poker Just Getting Started Phil Galfond loves a good challenge. He built a professional poker career on challenging himself against the best players in the world
  8. Things have not been going well for Phil Galfond in the 'Galfond Challenge,' and the downswing continued on Monday for the 10th day of play against 'VeniVidi1993.' The two battled for another 696 hands of €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker, with 'VeniVidi1993' winning €100,993.30 on the session. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' are now 6,842 hands through their 25,000-hand match. With Monday’s win, ‘VeniVidi1993’ improved to being up €553,516.95 overall. Although he did lose six figures in Monday’s session, Galfond was down more than €170,000 at one portion of the session. In the last hour or
  9. The 'Galfond Challenge' with Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' battling at €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker continued on Friday. The two played through another 940 hands of their 25,000-hand match, with 'VeniVidi1993' once again finishing as the session's winner. On Friday, 'VeniVidi1993' finished up €60,743.37 and he's now up €439,817.14 overall. The two have now played 5,700 hands total, and they’ve had eight separate sessions. That puts this match of the Galfond Challenge at 22.8% complete. Friday's loss marked the seventh losing session for Galfond. Galfond's average outcomes through th
  10. Phil Galfond is now down €327,003.33 to 'VeniVidi1993' in the first match of the 'Galfond Challenge.' After taking a break on Sunday, the two resumed action on Run It Once Poker on Monday and played 726 hands of €100-€200 PLO. 'VeniVidi1993' came into the day up €171,939.81, and he just about doubled that lead with a €155,063.52 winning session. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' are slated to play 25,000 hands of €100-€200 PLO. They're 3,234 hands into the battle and 'VeniVidi1993' has a substantial lead. With each buy-in being €20,000, 'VeniVidi1993' is up more than 16 buy-ins through 12.9% of th
  11. Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' played another 703 hands of their 25,000-hand 'Galfond Challenge' match on Tuesday, grinding out €100-€200 heads-up PLO on Run It Once Poker. The result was another losing day for Galfond, but it was about as small of a loss as one could have, with 'VeniVidi1993' winning just €13.31 on the session. With nearly 4,000 hands played - 3,937 to be exact - Joe Stapleton asked Galfond after Tuesday’s session was over how significant the volume is. Galfond said that it’s still not that significant and wouldn't be until about 20,000-50,000 hands are played. Galfond al
  12. Saturday marked another day of action in the 'Galfond Challenge' between Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993.' The two battled at €100-€200 heads-up Pot Limit Omaha on Run It Once Poker for another four hours, with 'VeniVidi1993' winning €17,544.87 on the 581-hand session. 'VeniVidi1993' is now up €171,939.81 in the 2,508 hands that he's played against Galfond. 'VeniVidi1993' has booked a winning session on three of four days played between the two competitors. The only loss that 'VeniVidi1993' suffered was on Day 2 and it was a small loss of €2,615.26. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"]
  13. If you’re rooting for Phil Galfond in his ‘Galfond Challenge’ match against ‘VeniVidi1993,’ then Friday was not a pretty sight. Galfond suffered his worst losing session of the match, dropping nearly €270,000 to ‘VeniVidi1993.’ Galfond is now down €749,173.10 overall. The two played just 470 hands of €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker on Friday, but that didn’t stop ‘VeniVidi1993’ from racking up a €267,949.70 win. Through 8,675 hands of the 25,000-hand match, ‘VeniVidi1993’ is up three-quarters of a million dollars. They’re just about one-third through the entire match and things are no
  14. Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' played another session of their 'Galfond Challenge' match on Tuesday, and they battled for 741 hands at €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker. At the end of the session, 'VeniVidi1993' finished up €15,647.36. "It’s fun at times," Galfond told Joe Stapleton after Tuesday’s session after Stapleton asked if Galfond was having fun. "I really do enjoy playing. I love the game, but of course it’s tough consistency losing. I wouldn’t say I’m having fun, but I’m enjoying playing, I guess." The latest win improved the overall lead to €569,164.31 for ‘VeniVidi1993,’ an
  15. "I'm gonna keep playing." Those were the words that Phil Galfond posted on Run It Once's website regarding the 'Galfond Challenge' against 'VeniVidi1993,' with the post coming just more than two weeks after Galfond suspended the match. That was it. Short and sweet. Although he is an extremely busy man these days, Galfond took some time to sit down with PocketFives ahead of the restart against 'VeniVidi1993,' which comes on Wednesday, March 4. "First, I spent some time with family and took a short poker break," Galfond said of what he's been doing to regroup. "For the last week or two,
  16. Phil Galfond’s losing in the ‘Galfond Challenge’ against continued on Saturday, as he dropped another €48,473.73 to ‘VeniVidi1993.’ Galfond is now down nearly €800,000 overall. Saturday gave us the 14th session between these two players, and they battled for another 593 hands of €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker. Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ have now played 9,268 hands of their 25,000-hand match, with ‘VeniVidi1993’ €797,646.83 to the good. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Two sessions ago, on Thursday, Galfond booked an €87,
  17. The 17th session of the 'Galfond Challenge' between Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' took place on Thursday, with ‘VeniVidi1993’ booking the latest win. The two passed the 11,000-hand mark and ‘VeniVidi1993’ finished up €21,571.51 on the session. On Thursday, the two played 582 hands of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker. This latest loss brought the total winnings for ‘VeniVidi1993’ up to €738,330.30. Thursday’s winning session for ‘VeniVidi1993’ came just a day after Galfond booked a win of more than €180,000 following the challenge taking a hiatus. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article
  18. Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ played another session of their ‘Galfond Challenge’ match on Sunday, battling for 659 hands at €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker. The result was another six-figure loss for Galfond, as ‘VeniVidi1993’ won €102,593.34. On Sunday, Galfond was winning for around 75% of the session’s duration, up nearly €60,000 at his high point. But the final quarter of the match was all ‘VeniVidi1993,’ as he swung the pendulum the other way in a flurry. After Sunday’s session, which was the 15th session of the Galfond Challenge between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993,’ ‘VeniVidi1993’
  19. Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' resumed their ‘Galfond Challenge’ match on Wednesday, following a hiatus of more than two weeks. Down more than €900,000 entering Wednesday’s session, Galfond booked a win of more than €180,000. With 574 hands played on Wednesday, the Galfond Challenge between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ is now 10,501 hands complete. The two are scheduled to play 25,000 hands, with Galfond putting up €200,000 in side action to the €100,000 of ‘VeniVidi1993.’ In the latest session, Galfond finished €183,481.38 to the good. Following the completion of Wednesday’s session of €100
  20. Down more than €900,000 in his 'Galfond Challenge' match against 'VeniVidi1993,' Phil Galfond is opting to suspend his play against 'VeniVidi1993' for the time being. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' have battled across 15 sessions at €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker, Galfond's online poker site. Through those 15 sessions, 9,927 hands were played and Galfond was down €900,240.17. The three most recent sessions have set Galfond back €419,016.77 alone. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' had a day off on Monday and were planned to play another session on Tuesday, but it was called off. "I was playin
  21. Day 12 of the ‘Galfond Challenge’ between Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ was all about Galfond, as he churned out an €87,940,91 winning session over the 622 hands played on Run It Once Poker. That cut Galfond’s deficit down to €481,223.40. Entering Thursday’s play, Galfond was down nearly €570,000. He started the winning early in the session and Thursday and was up more than €110,000 at some points in the session. ‘VeniVidi1993’ battled back to only be down €50,000 or so, but then the final stages of the session saw Galfond approach six figures once again. Overall, Galfond and ‘VeniVidi
  22. The latest session of the 'Galfond Challenge' between Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' saw Galfond come out on top. Depending on whose side you’re on, it could have been better for Galfond or worse for 'VeniVidi1993.' The end result was a €27,198.94 win for Galfond. The two played 555 hands of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker on Friday, bringing the total number of hands played up to 11,638. During Friday’s session, Galfond was up around €130,000 at some points, but 'VeniVidi1993' pulled back a lot in the final 100 hands or so. "It was an unpleasant run of cards at the end, but honestly
  23. The ‘Galfond Challenge’ between Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ continued on Saturday, March 14. The two battled for 664 hands, with Galfond scoring a big winning session. On Saturday, Galfond won €139,485.78 off ‘VeniVidi1993.’ Although ‘VeniVidi1993’ is still up overall through the 15,864 hands played between the two, Galfond has cut his deficit to less than €500,000 after being down more than €900,000. The official tally has ‘VeniVidi1993’ up €494,601.24. Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ are scheduled to play 25,000 hands of €100-200 Pot Limit Omaha on Run It Once Poker. They’ve got 9,136 h
  24. Amid all the talk surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its effect on the poker world, another day of the ‘Galfond Challenge’ between Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ took place on Tuesday. The session lasted 576 hands and resulted in another Galfond victory. This latest session of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker saw Galfond pick up a small win to the tune of €3,766.94. It wasn’t much of a victory, but a win is a win and it helped Galfond trim the deficit to ‘VeniVidi1993.’ As things stand 13,418 hands through the 25,000-hand match, ‘VeniVidi1993’ is up €588,542.12. [ptable zone="G
  25. On Wednesday, Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ played the 22nd session of their ‘Galfond Challenge’ match. The two battled for another 556 hands of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker and this time it was ‘VeniVidi1993’ coming out on top to the tune of €88,465.60. Galfond entered Wednesday’s session having won five of six sessions since the two returned to play from the hiatus that was taken. When the two took a break, prompted by Galfond’s decision to take time to regroup, ‘VeniVidi1993’ was up more than €900,000. Entering Wednesday, Galfond had trimmed the deficit to under €600,000. With thi
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