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  1. 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
  2. On Monday, Phil Galfond and 'ActionFreak' squared off for their fifth session of the 'Galfond Challenge' between them. Galfond finished down €95,304.17 on the session. Galfond remains up overall, sitting positive by €321,138.41. The two played 680 hands on Monday and are now 3,351 hands through the 15,000-hand challenge. Reason that the exact figures aren't known for this session is that Galfond and 'ActionFreak' played Monday's session on partypoker instead of on Run It Once Poker because 'ActionFreak' was said to have a tough time moving money around. Because the match was played on
  3. Phil Galfond and 'ActionFreak' returned for more €150-300 Pot Limit Omaha action on Thursday, May 7, for what was the seventh session of the 'Galfond Challenge' between the two. They played on partypoker again, with Galfond winning around €20,000 on the day. With the result, Galfond is up more than €250,000 overall. The two are just about one third of the way through the 15,000-hand challenge, but it's still anyone's game because the swings are big. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Speaking of swings, there were several on T
  4. Phil Galfond and 'ActionFreak' were back in action on Tuesday, May 5, for another session of the 'Galfond Challenge.' This time, they battled for 727 hands of high-stakes PLO, with 'ActionFreak' winning €74,625.85. The two are now 4,078 hands through the 15,000-hand challenge, which is just more than 27% of the way through. Overall, Galfond is out in front by €246,512.56. The two are playing €150-300 PLO, with play going between Run It Once Poker and partypoker. Once the 15,000 hands are complete, the winner will also earn a €150,000 side bet from the other player. [ptable zone="Globa
  5. "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,
  6. The second 'Galfond Challenge' is complete and once again Phil Galfond is the winner. On Tuesday, Galfond finished his challenge against Ioannis 'ActionFreak' Kontonatsios, winning approximately €115,000 from play and a €150,000 side bet. Although Galfond lost the final session by about €123,000, it wasn't enough to overcome the lead Galfond had. Entering the final session, Galfond was up nearly €240,000. 'ActionFreak' gave it a good run on the final day but it ultimately wasn't enough. Galfond and 'ActionFreak' played 15,000 hands of €150-300 PLO. With the result, 'ActionFreak' lost a comb
  7. The 'Galfond Challenge' between Phil Galfond and 'ActionFreak' is now 10,222 hands complete. The two played sessions on Saturday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 19, and the current standings have Galfond in the lead by €103,341.37. On Saturday, Galfond and 'ActionFreak' battled for 716 hands. From that session, Galfond picked up a €48,169.76 win to take his lead to €164,478.21. On Tuesday, the two played 740 hands and 'ActionFreak' won €61,136.84. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] The first all-in pot of Tuesday went Galfond's way
  8. The 'Galfond Challenge' between Phil Galfond and 'ActionFreak' had another 776 hands played on Tuesday, May 12, pushing the match to 7,272 hands complete. When it was all said and done, Galfond was the session's winner, taking €19,003.35 off 'ActionFreak.' At 7,272 hands, the 15,000-hand challenge is now more than 48% of the way through. Overall, Galfond is in the lead by €197,252.62. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Galfond and 'ActionFreak' are playing €150-300 Pot Limit Omaha. At the current pace, Galfond is winning €2,71
  9. After winning more than €300,000 on Thursday, Phil Galfond returned to the 'Galfond Challenge' battlefield Friday to capture another six-figure win from his opponent, 'ActionFreak.' Friday marked the fourth session of €150-300 PLO on Run It Once Poker between the two. They went to war for 665 hands and Galfond finished up €113,377.48. Now, 2,671 hands through the 15,000-hand match, Galfond is ahead by €416,442.58. As we've come to expect from Galfond and 'ActionFreak,' the swinging started early. A few dozen hands into Friday's session, the two got all the money in and Galfond picked up
  10. On Monday, the 'Galfond Challenge' between Phil Galfond and 'ActionFreak' kicked off. The first session was ultimately cut short after just 145 hands were played, but there was still some big action to report as 'ActionFreak' jumped out to an early €11,162.32 lead. Galfond and 'ActionFreak' are scheduled to play 15,000 hands of €150-300 PLO on Run It Once Poker. The two put up an equal side bet of €150,000 each that will go to the match winner in addition to any money won on the virtual felt. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"]
  11. The 'Galfond Challenge' between Phil Galfond and Ioannis 'ActionFreak' Kontonatsios is coming to an end and the two could wrap it up in one final session. Heading into that final session with 886 hands left to be played, Galfond is in the lead by €237,698.66. On Thursday, May 21, the two played a session that saw Galfond come out as the winner by more than €165,000. The next day, Galfond added another €180,000 or so in a 674-hand session against 'ActionFreak.' On Saturday, the two were back at it for another 725 hands of €150-300 PLO. This time, 'ActionFreak' bounced back with a €180,000 wi
  12. The 'Galfond Challenge' between Phil Galfond and 'ActionFreak' was back in action on Monday. It was the ninth session of €150-300 PLO between the two and 721 hands were played. At the end of the session, Galfond had lost €256,044 to 'ActionFreak.' Despite the big loss, Galfond remained in the lead overall in this Galfond Challenge. The two have played 6,496 hands of their 15,000-hand challenge and Galfond is up €178,249.27 total. Helping Galfond to maintain his overall lead was a €165,093.85 win he had on Saturday. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zo
  13. The third session of the 'Galfond Challenge' between Phil Galfond and 'ActionFreak' took place on Thursday. The session lasted 844 hands and saw Galfond score a huge €310,594.59 win. Overall, the 15,000-hand match is is now 2,006 hands complete and Galfond is up €303,065.10. At the end of 15,000 hands of €150-300 PLO on Run It Once Poker, the player who is up will win an additional €150,000 from the other. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] With Galfond having such a dominating day, let's take a look at some of the biggest pot
  14. 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
  15. Phil Galfond and 'ActionFreak' played for roughly six hours on Thursday, May 21, to push their 'Galfond Challenge' match to an estimated 11,000 hands complete. The session was the 15th between the two high-stakes players and it resulted in a big win for Galfond. On Thursday, Galfond won €165,417.31 off of 'ActionFreak.' Entering the day, Galfond was in the lead by €103,341.37. With this latest win, Galfond's lead has been stretched to €271,153.08. Galfond and 'ActionFreak' are playing 15,000 hands of €150-300 PLO, so they have about 4,000 hands remaining. The matches have been playing ou
  16. Two more sessions of the 'Galfond Challenge' between Phil Galfond and 'ActionFreak' are in the books. The two are on the back nine of the 15,000-hand challenge. With 8,766 hands complete, Galfond is in the lead by €116,308.45. On Thursday, the two battled for 784 hands of €150-300 PLO and pushed past the halfway point in the challenge. 'ActionFreak' was the winner during that session, picking up €23,363.64 off Galfond and cutting his deficit to €173,888.98. On Friday, Galfond and 'ActionFreak' were back at it and played another 710 hands. It was again 'ActionFreak' who booked the win, ta
  17. On Tuesday, the 'Galfond Challenge' between Phil Galfond and 'ActionFreak' continued with the second session between the two. After the first session was cut short due to connectivity issues, the second session lasted a lengthy 1,017 hands. In the end, Galfond finished up on the session by just €3,632.83, but he was up around €200,000 at times during the session. Galfond and 'ActionFreak' are scheduled to play 15,000 hands of €150-300 PLO on Run It Once Poker. After two sessions, they're 1,162 hands through and 'ActionFreak' is up €7,529.49 overall. Remember, the winner of the challenge win
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