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  1. Wednesday marked the long-awaited public debut of Phil Galfond’s Run It Once Poker online poker site. The site, which will technically be in “public beta” until the company is confident that all the platform is “nearly flawless”, was announced over two years ago to an enthusiastic online poker community. Now, after a long road with plenty of hiccups along the way, Galfond’s shot at a “fair, honest, transparent poker site” will see the light of day. Aimed at keeping the poker dream alive, Run It Once hopes to provide beatable games and a level playing field all players. Upon launch in the a
  2. The second edition of the 'Galfond Challenge' continued on Tuesday, April 21, with Phil Galfond and Bill Perkins putting on the gloves for another round of $100-200 PLO. They played 625 hands and Galfond finished $91,705.91 to the good. Perkins entered the second day of play with $1,561.86 lead over Galfond, and in opposing fashion to what we saw when Galfond took on 'VeniVidi1993' in the first Galfond Challenge competition, Galfond has started up a few buy-ins instead of down. Now through 1,013 hands of the 50,000-hand challenge (there is a $400,000 stop-loss in effect), Galfond is up $90,
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. After four days off, Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ got back into action in the ‘Galfond Challenge,’ playing another 664 hands of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker. It was a momentous day for Galfond, who had his first taste of having an overall lead. When the session was over, Galfond had won €113,680.87, but he was up a bit more at points in the day. So much so that he took the overall lead. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Here’s a look at the hand that gave Galfond the lead for the first time, with commentator David Tuc
  14. The ‘Galfond Challenge’ was back in action on Saturday, with Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ battling for more €100-200 PLO action on Run It Once Poker. After ‘VeniVidi1993’ booked a winning session on Friday, Galfond scored the victory on Saturday. Early on, ‘VeniVidi1993’ was in the lead on Saturday, up around €50,000. Things turned for Galfond, though, and he fought back to take the lead and then extend it. When the session was done, Galfond had booked a €106,328.51 win. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] The two played 393
  15. 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 first of two features, Galfond candidly discusses the challenges of running an online poker start-up and how poker prepared him the business world. They say that poker is a hard way to make an easy living, but that didn't stop Phil Galfond from chasing his dream, relentlessly, and rising to the top of the game. In fact, his life got so easy that he had a custom-made stainless
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. "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,
  22. 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,
  23. Phil Galfond has done it. Once down more than €900,000, Galfond stormed back to complete a comeback for the ages to win the ‘Galfond Challenge’ against ‘VeniVidi1993.’ Finishing in the black across the 25,000-hand match of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker allowed Galfond to scoop the €100,000 side bet that ‘VeniVidi1993’ put up (Galfond was risking €200,000). The Galfond Challenge between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ lasted 39 sessions and the sessions averaged 641 hands. The first session took place back on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and the final session to wrap it all up took place o
  24. On Saturday, Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ traded blows for another 680 hands of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker, pushing their 25,000-hand ‘Galfond Challenge’ to 21,339 hands complete. The latest session went Galfond’s way, as he booked a €28,722.88 win. ‘VeniVidi1993’ still leads overall, though, up by €40,422.39. ‘VeniVidi1993’ was the one who jumped out to the early lead on Saturday. He then extended his lead to nearly six figures before Galfond started to come back. The Galfond Challenge between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ has 3,661 hands left, so only a handful of sessions will
  25. Another day of the ‘Galfond Challenge’ between Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ took place on Friday. The two played another 777 hands of their 25,000-hand match and it was ‘VeniVidi1993’ finishing up on the session to the tune of €26,992.32. With just more than 6,000 hands of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker to go, ‘VeniVidi1993’ leads by €260,616.44. Although ‘VeniVidi1993’ is in the lead entering the home stretch of the duel, he was up by more than €900,000 before. Galfond then opted to take an extended break while he regrouped. Upon returning, Galfond has battled back to get the defi
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