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  1. 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 combined €265,000 to Galfond. The victory was the second Galfond Challenge match win for Galfond. He had previously defeated 'VeniVidi1993' in an epic comeback that resulted in Galfond winning €101,671.58 from 'VeniVidi1993.' Through the two complete Galfond Challenge matches, Galfond is up a total of €366,000. Galfond also has an ongoing match against Bill Perkins that is just more than 1,000 hands complete. In that competition, Galfond is up more than $90,000. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] The challenge against 'ActionFreak' played out a bit different than the one against 'VeniVidi1993.' Against 'VeniVidi1993,' Galfond was getting crushed through the first 15 sessions and it even appeared that Galfond might forfeit the match and move on. After taking an extended break, Galfond returned to battle with 'VeniVidi1993' and mounted a comeback for the ages to win that Galfond Challenge match. Against 'ActionFreak,' Galfond held the overall lead virtually from start to finish. Of the 16 sessions that were played, Galfond was only behind overall following the first two sessions. Following a win of more than €310,000 in the third session and more than €113,000 in the fourth session, Galfond never looked back. Through 10,000 hands, Galfond was up six figures. Galfond then won €165,000 and €179,000 on back-to-back days of May 21 and May 22, which pushed his lead to more than €450,000 overall. From there, Galfond held on to the finish. In the final session, 'ActionFreak' did what he could to battle back but the hole he was in proved too deep to climb out of. One aspect that likely helped Galfond maintain his lead was a feature that was added to the challenge later on. Galfond and 'ActionFreak' were aware that partypoker, where they were playing the challenge, was going to be implementing a feature that all all-in pots would be run twice in games in private rooms. The Galfond Challenge between the two was being played in a private room on partypoker. Eventually, the two had to run all of the all-in pots twice. If 'ActionFreak' was looking to gamble more and increase the variance to try and cut his deficit, a variance-reducing feature such as running it twice wouldn't be in his favor. Galfond vs. 'ActionFreak' Results Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 27) 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32 Day 2 (Apr. 28) 1,017 Phil Galfond €3,632.83 Day 3 (Apr. 30) 844 Phil Galfond €310,594.59 Day 4 (May 1) 665 Phil Galfond €113,377.48 Day 5 (May 4) 680 ActionFreak €95,304.17 Day 6 (May 5) 734 ActionFreak €78,919.35 Day 7 (May 7) 746 Phil Galfond €26,980.36 Day 8 (May 9) 944 Phil Galfond €165,093.85 Day 9 (May 11) 721 ActionFreak €256,044 Day 10 (May 12) 776 Phil Galfond €19,003.35 Day 11 (May 14) 784 ActionFreak €23,363.64 Day 12 (May 15) 710 ActionFreak €57,580.53 Day 13 (May 16) 716 Phil Galfond €48,169.76 Day 14 (May 19) 740 ActionFreak €61,136.84 Day 15 (May 21) 832 Phil Galfond €165,417.31 Day 16 (May 22) 674 Phil Galfond €179,545.58 Day 17 (May 23) 725 ActionFreak €180,000 Day 18 (May 24) 840 Phil Galfond €135,000 Day 19 (May 25) 820 ActionFreak €168,000 Day 20 (May 26) 881 ActionFreak €123,000 - - - - Total 15,000 Phil Galfond €114,803.51 What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? As mentioned, Galfond has a challenge against Perkins that has already started, so he'll be able to resume that whenever the two are able. Sessions between Galfond and Perkins have been more sporadic but will likely pick up now that Galfond's battle against 'ActionFreak' is done. Galfond could also start playing one of his other challenges as well, such as the one against Chance Kornuth.
  2. 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 win of his own. The battling kept up on Sunday and the two played another 840 hands. Galfond booked a win in this session, coming away €135,000 to the good. This put Galfond up €405,698.66 entering Monday's session. At the time, the two had just over 1,700 hands of their 15,000-hand challenge left to be played. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Monday's session saw Galfond and 'ActionFreak' go back and forth for 820 hands, only the session was more in favor of 'ActionFreak.' On Monday, 'ActionFreak' booked a €168,000 win to cut his deficit by a good chunk. Now he'll head into what is expected to be the final session down less than eight buy-ins, which is still a lot but it's not the 13.5 buy-ins he was down before Monday's session. The two are playing €150-300 PLO with a €30,000 buy-in. Galfond has a nice cushion entering the next session, but the Galfond Challenge between these two could still see 'ActionFreak' come back and win. Remember, we've already seen one incredible comeback from a Galfond Challenge match. Helping 'ActionFreak' to book the win on Monday was the following €69,412.26 pot that went his way. The two have been running all-in pots twice over the past few sessions and this hand was one that saw 'ActionFreak' win both runs of the board.  'ActionFreak' started the action with a raise to €900 and then Galfond reraised to €2,700. 'ActionFreak' made it €8,100 to go and Galfond five-bet to €24,300. 'ActionFreak' called and the flop came [poker card="Qd"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"]. Galfond moved all in for his remaining €11,551.83 and 'ActionFreak' called off for €10,406.63. Galfond had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="As"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3s"] and 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"]. On the first run-out, the turn was the [poker card="Kd"] and the river was the [poker card="Jh"] to give 'ActionFreak' a straight to the king. On the second run-out, the turn was the [poker card="5c"] and the river was the [poker card="Qc"] to give 'ActionFreak' another straight, this time to the eight. Another one that Galfond lost was worth €67,514.32. Again, 'ActionFreak' scooped both pots after the two got the money in on the flop and the board was run twice.  With €5,399 in the middle on the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"] flop, Galfond checked and 'ActionFreak' bet €2,699.50. Galfond check-raised to €13,497.50 and 'ActionFreak' shoved. Galfond called off his remaining €17,560.16. Galfond had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="7d"] and 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"]. On the first board, the turn was the [poker card="Qs"] and the river was the [poker card="4h"]. On the second board, the turn came the [poker card="2s"] and the river came the [poker card="Qh"]. 'ActionFreak' was able to win both boards with a set of eights and pull in the whole pot. One final highlight that we'll look at from Monday's session again involved 'ActionFreak' taking the full pot despite the two running it out twice. This time, it was only the river that was run twice because the money went in on the turn.  With €4,173.68 in the middle on the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"] board, Galfond checked and 'ActionFreak' bet the full pot. Galfond raised to €16,694.72 with €19,315.94 behind and 'ActionFreak' shoved all in. Galfond called. It was a set-over-set clash with Galfond's [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2c"] up against the [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="5h"]. The first river was the [poker card="2h"] and the second river was the [poker card="5d"]. Both rivers kept 'ActionFreak' with the best hand and he won the full €76,195 pot. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 27) 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32 Day 2 (Apr. 28) 1,017 Phil Galfond €3,632.83 Day 3 (Apr. 30) 844 Phil Galfond €310,594.59 Day 4 (May 1) 665 Phil Galfond €113,377.48 Day 5 (May 4) 680 ActionFreak €95,304.17 Day 6 (May 5) 734 ActionFreak €78,919.35 Day 7 (May 7) 746 Phil Galfond €26,980.36 Day 8 (May 9) 944 Phil Galfond €165,093.85 Day 9 (May 11) 721 ActionFreak €256,044 Day 10 (May 12) 776 Phil Galfond €19,003.35 Day 11 (May 14) 784 ActionFreak €23,363.64 Day 12 (May 15) 710 ActionFreak €57,580.53 Day 13 (May 16) 716 Phil Galfond €48,169.76 Day 14 (May 19) 740 ActionFreak €61,136.84 Day 15 (May 21) 832 Phil Galfond €165,417.31 Day 16 (May 22) 674 Phil Galfond €179,545.58 Day 17 (May 23) 725 ActionFreak €180,000 Day 18 (May 24) 840 Phil Galfond €135,000 Day 19 (May 25) 820 ActionFreak €168,000 - - - - Total 14,114 Phil Galfond €237,698.66 What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? The challenge between Galfond and 'ActionFreak' has fewer than 900 hands to go and the session scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2020, is likely the final session between these two. The winner of the challenge (the player up money over the other player at the end of 15,000 hands) will earn an additional €150,000 side bet from his opponent.
  3. 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 out on partypoker. At the end of the 15,000-hand sample, the leader will earn an additional €150,000 from his opponent. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] There were plenty of big pots played on Thursday and we'll start by taking a look at the first all-in clash of the day. It resulted in a €64,452.90 pot going Galfond's way.  Galfond raised to €900 on the button, 'ActionFreak' raised to €2,700 from the big blind, and then Galfond made it €8,100 to go. 'ActionFreak' called the four-bet and the flop was [poker card="Jc"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"]. 'ActionFreak' checked, Galfond bet €16,199 for the full pot, and 'ActionFreak' went all in. Galfond called for €24,126.95 total. Galfond had the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4h"] and 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"]. The turn was the [poker card="8s"] and the river was the [poker card="8c"] to give Galfond the win. Things continued to go Galfond's way when he won an €87,153.98 pot thanks to hitting a full house on the river against a turned straight for 'ActionFreak.'  With €21,596 in the middle on the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="Qs"] board, 'ActionFreak' was first and bet the full pot. Galfond took his time and then shoved all in for €32,778.99. 'ActionFreak' quickly called. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Js"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="Tc"] for a straight. Galfond had the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5s"] for two pair and a flush draw. The river was the [poker card="Kd"] to give Galfond a full house and he won the pot. Galfond also won a €71,044.64 pot with a club flush.  On the [poker card="9d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"] flop, there was €5,399 in the middle and 'ActionFreak' checked to Galfond, who bet €2,699.50. 'ActionFreak' check-raised to €13,497.50 and Galfond went all in for €32,822.82. 'ActionFreak' made the call. Galfond had the [poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3d"] and 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2d"]. The turn was the [poker card="7d"] and the river was the [poker card="Kc"]. Galfond finished with a club flush and scooped in the pot. Viewers were also treated to a rare six-bet all-in pot that took place on Thursday, resulting in a €66,995.08 pot going Galfond's way.  Galfond started the preflop action by raising to €900. After 'ActionFreak' raised to €2,700, Galfond bumped it up to €8,100. 'ActionFreak' then made it €24,300 to go with €9,197.54 behind. Galfond reraised to put 'ActionFreak' all in and 'ActionFreak' called. Galfond had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="As"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="9s"] and 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"]. The flop, turn, and river ran out [poker card="Ah"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="5d"] and Galfond pulled in the pot. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 27) 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32 Day 2 (Apr. 28) 1,017 Phil Galfond €3,632.83 Day 3 (Apr. 30) 844 Phil Galfond €310,594.59 Day 4 (May 1) 665 Phil Galfond €113,377.48 Day 5 (May 4) 680 ActionFreak €95,304.17 Day 6 (May 5) 734 ActionFreak €78,919.35 Day 7 (May 7) 746 Phil Galfond €26,980.36 Day 8 (May 9) 944 Phil Galfond €165,093.85 Day 9 (May 11) 721 ActionFreak €256,044 Day 10 (May 12) 776 Phil Galfond €19,003.35 Day 11 (May 14) 784 ActionFreak €23,363.64 Day 12 (May 15) 710 ActionFreak €57,580.53 Day 13 (May 16) 716 Phil Galfond €48,169.76 Day 14 (May 19) 740 ActionFreak €61,136.84 Day 15 (May 21) 832 Phil Galfond €165,417.31 - - - - Total 11,054 Phil Galfond €271,153.08 What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? The challenge between Galfond and 'ActionFreak' will continue on Friday, May 22, with more €150-300 PLO action. The two have 3,945 hands to go.
  4. 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 to the tune of €73,910.11.  On the final board of [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="3h"], 'ActionFreak' checked and Galfond moved all in for €22,797.50. Before Galfond shoved, the pot stood at €32,394. 'ActionFreak' tanked for a bit and then called. Galfond showed the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Th"][poker card="4d"] for a heart flush and 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="Td"][poker card="7h"]. Later on in the match, 'ActionFreak' picked up the following €44,632.44 pot when he made a straight on the river.  With €14,877.48 in the middle on the [poker card="9c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5h"] board, Galfond was first to act. He bet the full pot and 'ActionFreak' made the call. Galfond showed the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"] but it was the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6s"] for 'ActionFreak' that won the pot. Another big one that 'ActionFreak' won was this next one we'll review, a €94,377.02 pot in which 'ActionFreak' flopped a straight.  Galfond bet €1,781.67 into a pot of €5,399 on the [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Td"][poker card="8h"] flop. 'ActionFreak' raised to €6,262.84 and Galfond called. The turn was the [poker card="6h"] and Galfond checked. 'ActionFreak' bet the pot for €17,924.68 and Galfond raised all in for €38,226.17. 'ActionFreak' called. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="9d"] for a flopped straight and Galfond had the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Th"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="9s"]. The river was the [poker card="5s"] and 'ActionFreak' won the pot. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 27) 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32 Day 2 (Apr. 28) 1,017 Phil Galfond €3,632.83 Day 3 (Apr. 30) 844 Phil Galfond €310,594.59 Day 4 (May 1) 665 Phil Galfond €113,377.48 Day 5 (May 4) 680 ActionFreak €95,304.17 Day 6 (May 5) 734 ActionFreak €78,919.35 Day 7 (May 7) 746 Phil Galfond €26,980.36 Day 8 (May 9) 944 Phil Galfond €165,093.85 Day 9 (May 11) 721 ActionFreak €256,044 Day 10 (May 12) 776 Phil Galfond €19,003.35 Day 11 (May 14) 784 ActionFreak €23,363.64 Day 12 (May 15) 710 ActionFreak €57,580.53 Day 13 (May 16) 716 Phil Galfond €48,169.76 Day 14 (May 19) 740 ActionFreak €61,136.84 - - - - Total 10,222 Phil Galfond €103,341.37 What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? The challenge between Galfond and 'ActionFreak' is now more than two-thirds of the way through and there are just 4,778 hands remaining. The six-figure lead that Galfond has may seem like a lot, but it's not too much more than three buy-ins of a lead. The two are scheduled to be back in action on Thursday, May 21, for more €150-300 PLO battling.
  5. 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, taking €57,580.53 off Galfond this time. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Helping 'ActionFreak' to pick up the winning session was the following €75,507.68 pot that went his way.  After four-bet preflop action, 'ActionFreak' and Galfond took the [poker card="4s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"] flop. 'ActionFreak' checked and Galfond bet €3,995 into the pot of €16,199. 'ActionFreak' raised to €11,977.37 and Galfond reraised to put 'ActionFreak' all in. With €17,676.97 behind, 'ActionFreak' made the quick call. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4d"] and Galfond had the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ac"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7h"]. The turn was the [poker card="7d"] and the river was the [poker card="7s"]. 'ActionFreak' had turned a straight and held from there to win the big pot. Another four-bet pot that took place was the following one, and this time it was Galfond winning the €61,797 affair.  Galfond had made it €900 to go on the button, 'ActionFreak' reraised to €2,700, and then Galfond made it €8,100. 'ActionFreak' called. With a stack of €22,799, 'ActionFreak' checked the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3s"] flop. Galfond bet the full pot (€16,199) and 'ActionFreak' moved all in. Galfond made the call. Galfond had the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4c"] and 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5s"]. The turn was the [poker card="Kd"] and the river was the [poker card="Tc"]. Galfond's hand was best and he hauled in the pot. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 27) 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32 Day 2 (Apr. 28) 1,017 Phil Galfond €3,632.83 Day 3 (Apr. 30) 844 Phil Galfond €310,594.59 Day 4 (May 1) 665 Phil Galfond €113,377.48 Day 5 (May 4) 680 ActionFreak €95,304.17 Day 6 (May 5) 734 ActionFreak €74,625.85 Day 7 (May 7) 746 Phil Galfond €26,980.36 Day 8 (May 9) 944 Phil Galfond €165,093.85 Day 9 (May 11) 721 ActionFreak €256,044 Day 10 (May 12) 776 Phil Galfond €19,003.35 Day 11 (May 14) 784 ActionFreak €23,363.64 Day 12 (May 15) 710 ActionFreak €57,580.53 - - - - Total 8,766 Phil Galfond €116,308.45 What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Galfond and 'ActionFreak' plan to be back at the virtual tables on Saturday, May 16, and they'll battle for another four or five hours. They're past the halfway point of the challenge and there are 6,234 hands remaining. At the end of the 15,000 hands, the player who is up will win an additional €150,000 side bet from the other player.
  6. 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 €2,712.49 per 100 hands, which comes to 9.04 big blinds per 100 hands. When the 15,000 hands are complete, whoever is up will win a €150,000 side bet from the other player, which comes in addition to any money that is won on the felt. One of the big highlights from Tuesday's session was the following one that involved an all-in pot on both tables after the two saw almost identical flops.  On the right, Galfond and 'ActionFreak' had €5,399 in the middle on the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5s"] flop. 'ActionFreak' checked, Galfond bet €2,699.50, and 'ActionFreak' raised to €13,497.50. Galfond went all in for €27,449 and 'ActionFreak' made the call. Galfond showed the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"] and 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Td"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"]. The turn was the [poker card="Jh"] and the river was the [poker card="9s"]. Both players finished with two pair, queens and fives, and they chopped up the €60,297 pot. The table on the left had a different result, though. In that one, 'ActionFreak' pulled in a €59,999 pot. 'ActionFreak' check-raised Galfond's €1,223.32 bet to €4,025.44 on the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4c"] flop. Galfond then made it €8,950.38 and 'ActionFreak' reraised to €28,650.14. Galfond shoved for a tiny bit more, €29,100 total, and 'ActionFreak' called. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Td"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"] and Galfond had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="4h"]. The turn was the [poker card="Jh"] and the river was the [poker card="5s"]. 'ActionFreak' finished with a full house and won the pot. A big one that went Galfond's way was this next one worth €79,398. He won it with a set of jacks against the lower set of fives that 'ActionFreak' held.  'ActionFreak' checked the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="8s"] board with €4,245.64 in the middle. Galfond bet the pot and 'ActionFreak' raised to €16,982.56. Galfond went all in and 'ActionFreak' called off his remaining €19,045.13. Galfond had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Js"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="7d"] and 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3h"]. The river was the [poker card="3d"] to keep Galfond in the lead and give him the pot. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 27) 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32 Day 2 (Apr. 28) 1,017 Phil Galfond €3,632.83 Day 3 (Apr. 30) 844 Phil Galfond €310,594.59 Day 4 (May 1) 665 Phil Galfond €113,377.48 Day 5 (May 4) 680 ActionFreak €95,304.17 Day 6 (May 5) 727 ActionFreak €74,625.85 Day 7 (May 7) 746 Phil Galfond €26,980.36 Day 8 (May 9) 944 Phil Galfond €165,093.85 Day 9 (May 11) 721 ActionFreak €256,044 Day 10 (May 12) 776 Phil Galfond €19,003.35 - - - - Total 7,272 Phil Galfond €197,252.62 What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Galfond and 'ActionFreak' plan to be back in action on Thursday, May 13, 2020. We can expect another four or five hours of action and around 750 hands to be played.
  7. 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 zone="Party Poker NJ"] With almost 6,500 hands in the books, the Galfond Challenge between Galfond and 'ActionFreak' is almost 50% of the way through. They've been averaging more than 700 hands per session (nearly 800 hands per session if you throw out the first session being cut short due to connectivity issues). That means there should be about 11 sessions left before this Galfond Challenge has a winner. At the end of the 15,000 hands, the player that is up will win €150,000 from the other player, in addition to the money that is won from playing. Monday was a tough day for Galfond, as 'ActionFreak' seemed to get the best of him left and right. That doesn't mean Galfond didn't win some big pots himself, though, and that's where we'll start. But, to win this €69,042.20 pot, Galfond had to find a saving card on the river.  Galfond bet €1,799 on the [poker card="8d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="9s"] board and 'ActionFreak' raised to €7,196. Galfond made it €23,287 with €10,234.60 behind and 'ActionFreak' shoved all in. Galfond made the call. Galfond had the [poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2s"] for a set of eights and a flush draw. 'ActionFreak' had a better set holding the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5c"]. The river was the [poker card="8c"] to give Galfond quads and he won the pot. The next pot we'll look at was worth €66,646.50 and it went over to 'ActionFreak' after he made a heart flush.  With €5,399 in the middle on the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8h"][poker card="2h"] flop, 'ActionFreak' checked and Galfond bet €2,699.50. 'ActionFreak' raised to €13,497.50 and Galfond went all in for €30,623.75. 'ActionFreak' made the call. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="8s"] and Galfond had the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Js"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4c"]. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and the river was the [poker card="9h"]. With that heart on the river, 'ActionFreak' made a flush and won the pot. Another big one that went over to 'ActionFreak' was this €70,330.03 one after both players made trips. The problem for Galfond was that 'ActionFreak' had the better kicker.  With €26,887.02 in the middle on the [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="4s"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="6c"] board, Galfond checked and 'ActionFreak' bet the full pot. Galfond had €16,555.99 in his stack and made the call. Galfond showed the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="2d"] for trip tens with a queen kicker. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="As"][poker card="Td"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"] for trip tens with an ace kicker and he scooped the pot. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 27) 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32 Day 2 (Apr. 28) 1,017 Phil Galfond €3,632.83 Day 3 (Apr. 30) 844 Phil Galfond €310,594.59 Day 4 (May 1) 665 Phil Galfond €113,377.48 Day 5 (May 4) 680 ActionFreak €95,304.17 Day 6 (May 5) 727 ActionFreak €74,625.85 Day 7 (May 7) 746 Phil Galfond €26,980.36 Day 8 (May 9) 944 Phil Galfond €165,093.85 Day 9 (May 11) 721 ActionFreak €256,044 - - - - Total 6,496 Phil Galfond €178,249.27 What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Galfond and 'ActionFreak' plan to be back in action on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. We can expect another four or five hours of action and around 750 hands to be played.
  8. 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 Thursday, including the first big all-in pot of the day that saw 'ActionFreak' scoop a €64,115.50 pot.  'ActionFreak' made it €900 on the button and Galfond reraised to €2,700 from the big blind. 'ActionFreak' kicked it up to €8,100 and Galfond called. On the [poker card="9d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] flop, Galfond led with a pot-sized bet of €16,199. 'ActionFreak' went all in for €23,958.25 and Galfond made the call. Galfond had the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Th"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"] and 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8d"]. The turn was the [poker card="Ts"] to give Galfond the lead with two pair, but the [poker card="Kh"] on the river gave 'ActionFreak' a better two pair and he won the pot. Another big one that 'ActionFreak' won involved him snap-calling Galfond on the river with quads aces, and it won him a €63,282.34 pot.  'ActionFreak' checked the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="9s"][poker card="As"] board with €26,887.02 in the middle. When he checked, 'ActionFreak' had €18,197.66 left in his stack and Galfond covered. Galfond took his time and then jammed all in. 'ActionFreak' snap-called to show Galfond the bad news. Galfond had the [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2h"] for a whole bunch of nothing. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ac"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3h"] for quad aces and he hauled in the pot. A third big pot that went the way of 'ActionFreak' was this next one worth €74,437.64.  With €5,399 in the middle on the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="2c"] flop, Galfond fired a pot-sized bet and 'ActionFreak' raised to €21,596. Galfond moved all in, having 'ActionFreak' covered, and 'ActionFreak' called off his remaining €12,923.32. Galfond had the [poker card="Th"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"] and 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="4c"]. The turn was the [poker card="9c"] and the river was the [poker card="3d"]. 'ActionFreak' finished with a club flush and won the pot. Despite all of the big pots that 'ActionFreak' won, Galfond won his fair share of them, too, including this one worth more than €67,000.  On the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4c"] board, there was €25,042.08 in the middle and Galfond was first to act. He bet the full pot and 'ActionFreak' made the call for his remaining €17,478.46. Galfond had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7h"] for a straight. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Js"][poker card="Th"][poker card="2d"] and lost with two pair. Galfond also won a pot worth more than €80,000 with another straight, using the same nine and seven to make it.  Again, it was Galfond firing a pot-sized bet on the river, this time for €26,887.02 on the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="Kc"] board. 'ActionFreak' called but could only muck his hand when Galfond showed the [poker card="9s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"].
  9. 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="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] During Monday's session, it was revealed that 'ActionFreak' was Ioannis Kontonatsios. Helping 'ActionFreak' to book the win on Tuesday was winning the following €102,238.08 hand.  The final board was [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="4h"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="7d"] and there was €42,302.24 in the middle. Galfond bet the pot, which was enough to put 'ActionFreak' all in. 'ActionFreak' had €29,967.92 left and tank-called. 'ActionFreak' showed a king-high straight with the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Th"][poker card="9c"] and beat Galfond's [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5s"] to win the pot. Although he did finish down almost €75,000 on the session, the beating that Galfond took wasn't that bad when you consider his loss is only two and a half buy-ins at the stakes they're playing. One of the big pots Galfond won on Tuesday was this next one, in which he hauled in a pot of €61,231.98 with a set of eights.  On the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3d"] flop, Galfond fired a pot-sized bet of €5,399 and 'ActionFreak' raised to €21,596. Galfond went all in for €27,916.49 total and 'ActionFreak' called. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3s"] and Galfond had the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Td"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"]. The turn was the [poker card="6c"] and the river was the [poker card="Jd"] to give Galfond the win. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 27) 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32 Day 2 (Apr. 28) 1,017 Phil Galfond €3,632.83 Day 3 (Apr. 30) 844 Phil Galfond €310,594.59 Day 4 (May 1) 665 Phil Galfond €113,377.48 Day 5 (May 4) 680 ActionFreak €95,304.17 Day 6 (May 5) 727 ActionFreak €74,625.85 - - - - Total 4,078 Phil Galfond €246,512.56 What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Galfond and 'ActionFreak' will have a day off on Wednesday, but that doesn't mean there won't be some action to sweat. Galfond is having a mini challenge against Dan 'Jungleman' Cates of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker and they'll play 750 hands. On Thursday, May 7, Galfond and 'ActionFreak' will be back at it.
  10. 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 a €61,321.50 pot.  Galfond started with a raise on the button to €900 and 'ActionFreak' three-bet to €2,700. Galfond four-bet to €8,100 and 'ActionFreak' made the call. On the [poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"] flop, 'ActionFreak' checked and Galfond fired a pot-sized bet of €16,199. 'ActionFreak' shoved all in for €22,561.25 and Galfond called. 'ActionFreak' had flopped top set with the [poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"]. Galfond had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="5c"]. The turn brought the [poker card="Kc"] and increased Galfond's chances for a backdoor flush draw and then the river completed that draw with the [poker card="7c"]. Galfond had a club flush and raked in the pot. Although that pot helped Galfond to take an early lead, 'ActionFreak' fought back to get back in front on the session. But not long after the way passed the 200-hand mark, Galfond got some big value from a full house.  There was €11,229.92 in the middle on the [poker card="Qh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="Qc"] board and 'ActionFreak' fired €3,705.87. Galfond called and the river was the [poker card="Ts"]. 'ActionFreak' checked and Galfond put out a pot-sized wager of €18,641.66. 'ActionFreak' tank-called. Galfond showed the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Th"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2d"] for a full house, queens over tens. 'ActionFreak' couldn't beat it and mucked his hand, sending the €55,924.98 pot Galfond's way. Then, nearing the end of the session, Galfond took an interesting line with his bet sizing and scooped in a pot north of €40,000.  With €10,798 in the middle on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="Jd"] board, Galfond fired €1,500. 'ActionFreak' made the call and the river was the [poker card="6h"]. Galfond bet the full pot for €13,798 and 'ActionFreak' made the call. Galfond revealed the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="6c"] for a full house, jacks over sixes, and 'ActionFreak' mucked. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 27) 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32 Day 2 (Apr. 28) 1,017 Phil Galfond €3,632.83 Day 3 (Apr. 30) 844 Phil Galfond €310,594.59 Day 4 (May 1) 665 Phil Galfond €113,377.48 - - - - Total 2,671 Phil Galfond €416,442.58 What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Galfond and 'ActionFreak' were originally scheduled to return to action on Saturday, May 2, but then opted to take the day off. They'll be back in action either Sunday, May 3, or Monday, May 4. With 2,671 hands in the books, this challenge is nearly 20% complete. Galfond is up €416,442.58, but keep in mind that Galfond and 'ActionFreak' are playing higher stakes at €150-300 and a buy-in of €30,000.
  11. 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 partypoker, the two played with what is assumed their real names to be showing. That lets us know who 'ActionFreak' is, as his name was showing as 'I. Kontonatsios.' His Twitter profile, @crackLiNg1, says that he is from Greece, so putting those two things together gives us Ioannis Kontonatsios as the identity of 'ActionFreak.' The biggest pot of Monday was one that eclipsed €120,000 and went Galfond's way after he found a very favorable river card.  With €16,199 in the middle on the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4d"] board, Galfond checked and 'ActionFreak' bet $10,691.34. Galfond called and the [poker card="Qs"] hit the turn with the pot at €37,581.68. Galfond had €42,223.89 left in his stack and bet the full pot. 'ActionFreak' shoved and Galfond called off the rest. Galfond had the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6d"] and was in some trouble against the [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Js"][poker card="8d"] of 'ActionFreak.' The river was the [poker card="6c"] and out of nowhere Galfond hit a winning two pair to win the €122,029.46 pot. A big one that went the way of 'ActionFreak' was this €83,121.64 one.  'ActionFreak' made it €900 on the button, Galfond reraised to €2,700 from the big blind, and 'ActionFreak' fired in a four-bet to €8,100. Galfond called and the flop came down [poker card="Kc"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"]. After Galfond checked, 'ActionFreak' bet €16,199 for a pot-sized bet. Galfond shoved for €33,461.32 and 'ActionFreak' called. Galfond had the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Js"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="9c"] and was up against the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jd"] of 'ActionFreak.' The turn was the [poker card="Ks"] and the river was the [poker card="6s"]. Holding trip kings with an ace kicker, 'ActionFreak' pulled in the pot. 'ActionFreak' also won a pot worth €97,182, thanks to flopping an eight-high straight.  On the [poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Tc"] board, there was €32,394 in the middle and 'ActionFreak' checked over to Galfond. Galfond fired a pot-sized bet and 'ActionFreak' made the call. Galfond showed a losing [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="2c"] and 'ActionFreak' won the pot with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"]. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 27) 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32 Day 2 (Apr. 28) 1,017 Phil Galfond €3,632.83 Day 3 (Apr. 30) 844 Phil Galfond €310,594.59 Day 4 (May 1) 665 Phil Galfond €113,377.48 Day 5 (May 4) 680 ActionFreak €95,304.17 - - - - Total 3,351 Phil Galfond €321,138.41 What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Galfond and 'ActionFreak' will be back action on Tuesday, May 5. It is yet to be known if they'll return to play on Run It Once Poker or if they'll stick to playing on partypoker.
  12. 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 pots he won on Thursday. The first big pot we'll highlight from Thursday's session was one worth €76,193 and it involved Galfond making quad aces, if you can believe it.  The pot was €8,962.34 on the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="4d"][poker card="5d"] board and Galfond checked. 'ActionFreak' fired €4,839.66 and Galfond check-raised to €23,481.32. 'ActionFreak' shoved all in for €33,615.33 and Galfond quickly called. Galfond had the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"][poker card="Th"][poker card="8d"] for top set of aces. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Td"][poker card="5s"][poker card="5c"] for a set of fives and a straight draw. The river was the [poker card="Ad"] to give Galfond four-of-a-kind aces and he hauled in the pot. Later on, Galfond won another big one, this time to the tune of €99,104.96 when he turned a Broadway straight against 'ActionFreak.'  Galfond bet €2,699.50 into a pot of €5,399 on the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="8h"] flop. 'ActionFreak' raised to €13,497.50 and Galfond came back over the top with a reraise to €45,891.50. 'ActionFreak' shoved and Galfond called off his remaining €961.48. Galfond had the [poker card="As"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="Js"] and 'ActionFreak' showed the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Th"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2h"]. The turn was the [poker card="Ad"] and the river was the [poker card="3c"]. With that, Galfond had a Broadway straight and won the pot worth just shy of six figures. The final pot we'll highlight from Thursday involved another winning straight for Galfond, this time to take down a €70,356.28 pot.  We pick this one up with €16,197 in the middle on the [poker card="Th"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="Qs"] board. 'ActionFreak' led with a pot-sized bet and Galfond made the call. The river was the [poker card="Ah"]and 'ActionFreak' shoved all in for €19,655.38, which covered the €10,882.64 that Galfond had left. Galfond made the call. Galfond had the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Td"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6s"] for a straight to the queen. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4c"] for a set of aces and the pot went Galfond's way. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 27) 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32 Day 2 (Apr. 28) 1,017 Phil Galfond €3,632.83 Day 3 (Apr. 30) 844 Phil Galfond €310,594.59 - - - - Total 2,006 Phil Galfond €303,065.10 What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Galfond and 'ActionFreak' will be back in action on Friday, May 1. Right now, Galfond is currently playing two challenges. He has this one that kicked off against 'ActionFreak' and he's also playing the one against Bill Perkins. The match against 'ActionFreak' will be played more regularly with sessions against Perkins worked in here and there. For details on all of the matches, check out PocketFives' dedicated Galfond Challenge hub.
  13. 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 wins a €150,000 side bet from the other player. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Galfond jumped out to lead early in the second session and then he started to pull away. Just a few dozens hands in, when he was up €15,000-€20,000 on the day, Galfond hauled in a €76,492.50 pot with a wheel.  There was €13,389.52 in the middle on the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="4h"][poker card="8c"] board. 'ActionFreak' bet €8,837.08 and Galfond called to see the [poker card="2s"] complete the board on the river. 'ActionFreak' shoved all in for €22,714.41 and Galfond quickly called. Galfond had rivered a wheel with the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3c"]. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="As"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6s"] and saw the big pot go Galfond's way. Not too long after, Galfond picked up another big one, this time with a full house to scoop a pot worth €63,895.  'ActionFreak' checked the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6d"] board and Galfond fired a pot-sized bet of €8,098.50. 'ActionFreak' made the call and the river was the [poker card="Kh"]. After 'ActionFreak' checked, Galfond shoved all in for €19,799.75. 'ActionFreak' made the call. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"] for a full house, sixes over kings. Galfond had a better full house, though, holding the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3d"] and he won the pot. The big winning continued for Galfond shortly thereafter again, and this time it was a straight that allowed him to capture a pot of more than €80,000.  With €11,229.92 in the middle on the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="6s"] board, 'ActionFreak' checked and Galfond bet €7,636.35. 'ActionFreak' check-raised to €34,138.97, leaving himself with €1,135.83 behind, and Galfond shoved. 'ActionFreak' quickly called and the cards were revealed. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="6d"] and Galfond had the [poker card="7c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4s"]. The river was the [poker card="Kc"] and Galfond's seven-high straight won him the pot. Galfond was up well over the €100,000 mark when the following €59,999 pot played out that gave him even more chips.  'ActionFreak' fired a pot-sized bet of €1,799 on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"] board and Galfond raised to €5,100. 'ActionFreak' fired back with a reraise to €17,099 and Galfond made the call. The [poker card="7s"] came on the river and 'ActionFreak' moved all in for €12,001. Galfond called. Galfond showed down the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4d"] for a seven-high straight. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="8d"][poker card="4s"] for a losing set of jacks. Eventually, 'ActionFreak' started to find some momentum and mount a comeback on the session. Again, Galfond was up around €200,000 at points during the session, but he only won €3,632.83 on the day. One of the big ones that went the way of 'ActionFreak' was this next one.  There was €26,890.34 in the middle on the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3d"] board. 'ActionFreak' moved all in for €19,840.17 and Galfond called. 'ActionFreak' showed the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4s"] for a seven-high straight to beat Galfond's [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="9s"] and win the €66,570.68 pot. 'ActionFreak' won another monster by making a big call on the river for his entire stack.  The final board was [poker card="Qh"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="9c"] and there was €25,483.28 in the middle. Galfond bet the pot, which was enough to put 'ActionFreak' all in. 'ActionFreak' had €23,247.53 left and made the call. 'ActionFreak' had a flush with the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="9h"] and he beat Galfond's [poker card="Kh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"] to win the €71,978.34 pot. Then, 'ActionFreak' scooped an enormous pot worth €96,436.40.  Preflop, Galfond made it €900 on the button, 'ActionFreak' reraised to €2,700 from the big blind, and Galfond reraised to €8,100. 'ActionFreak' called and the flop was [poker card="7s"][poker card="4h"][poker card="2h"]. 'ActionFreak' checked and Galfond potted it for €16,199. 'ActionFreak' jammed all in for €40,118.70 and Galfond called to create a pot worth nearly €100,000. Galfond had the [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="7c"] for top pair and a flush draw. 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2s"] for a pair of kings and a better flush draw. The turn was the [poker card="Kc"] and the river was the [poker card="Jd"]. With that, 'ActionFreak' won the pot and took a huge chunk from Galfond. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 27) 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32 Day 2 (Apr. 28) 1,017 Phil Galfond €3,632.83 - - - - Total 1,162 ActionFreak €7,529.49 What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Galfond and 'ActionFreak' plan to resume action with another session on Thursday, April 30, after taking a day off. Right now, Galfond is currently playing two challenges. He has this one that kicked off against 'ActionFreak' and he's also playing the one against Bill Perkins. The match against 'ActionFreak' will be played more regularly with sessions against Perkins worked in here and there. For details on all of the matches, check out PocketFives' dedicated Galfond Challenge hub.
  14. 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"] Shortly into the first session, Galfond jumped out to the lead. He was up about €20,000 before he gave some back, but then Galfond was able to pick up a chunk of chips off 'ActionFreak' in the following pot.  On the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Th"][poker card="6s"] board, there was €1,799 in the middle. After 'ActionFreak' checked, Galfond bet €899.50. 'ActionFreak' fired back with a raise to €4,497.50, but Galfond was strong to the test and made the call. 'ActionFreak' showed the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2d"] for just a pair of tens. Galfond had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4h"] for two pair, jacks and fours, and he won the pot. READ: Galfond's Five Biggest Pots Between Against 'VeniVidi1993' The first all-in pot of the session came in the form of a €59,999 pot that ended up being chopped between the two.  On the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="5c"] flop, there was €5,399 in the middle and ActionFreak' fired a pot-sized bet. Galfond raised to €21,596 and 'ActionFreak' went all in for €27,300 total. Galfond called. Galfond had the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"] and 'ActionFreak' had the [poker card="Jc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="7h"]. The turn was the [poker card="2d"] and the river was the [poker card="Kh"] and the players chopped up the pot. A big pot that helped 'ActionFreak' finish up on the session was one in which he made a hero call against Galfond to scoop a pot worth €59,999.  With €26,887.02 in the middle on the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="2s"] board, Galfond bet all in for €16,555.99. After some thought, 'ActionFreak' made the call with the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4d"]. His pair of kings was good against the [poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5h"] of Galfond and 'ActionFreak' pulled in the pot. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 27) 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32 - - - - Total 145 ActionFreak €11,162.32 What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Galfond and 'ActionFreak' plan to resume action with another session on Tuesday, April 28. Right now, Galfond is currently playing two challenges. He has this one that kicked off against 'ActionFreak' and he's also playing the one against Bill Perkins. The match against 'ActionFreak' will be played more regularly with sessions against Perkins worked in here and there. For details on all of the matches, check out PocketFives' dedicated Galfond Challenge hub.
  15. 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 $90,144.05 overall. READ: Galfond's Five Biggest Pots Between Against 'VeniVidi1993' [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Once again, Galfond streamed his side of play on the Run it Once Poker Twitch channel, so we're able to show you a few highlights. The first pot we'll look at from Tuesday's action was one that saw Galfond put in a pot-sized raise on the river with a full house.  With $4,957 in the middle on the [poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7s"][poker card="7d"] board, Galfond checked with the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7h"] and Perkins fired $2,478.50. Galfond made the call and the river was the [poker card="Qh"]. Galfond checked and Perkins bet $7,435.50 into the pot of $9,914. Galfond check-raised to $26,371 and Perkins folded. Not too long after, Galfond made a full house and won a $53,955 pot off of Perkins.  On the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] flop, Galfond checked with the [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4h"] and Perkins bet $599.50 into a pot of $1,199. Galfond called and the [poker card="Qd"] hit the turn to give him a set of queens. Both players checked and the [poker card="4c"] paired the board on the river. Now holding a full house, queens over fours, Galfond bet the pot for $2,398. Perkins raised to $7,793.50 and Galfond fired back with a reraise to $25,778.50. Perkins called but could only muck his hand as he was not able to beat Galfond's full house. Of course, there were some pots that swung Perkins' way, including this next one worth $53,973.10.  After Perkins made it $600 to go on the button, Galfond reraised to $1,800 from the big blind. Perkins four-bet to $5,400 and Galfond called. The flop was [poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3s"] and Galfond checked. Perkins bet $5,399.50 and Galfond raised to put Perkins all in. Perkins called off his remaining $16,187.55. Perkins showed the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="As"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2c"] and Galfond had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="3d"]. The turn was the [poker card="7c"] and the river was the [poker card="4s"]. Perkins went on to make a straight and hauled in the pot. One final hand we'll highlight from the Tuesday, April 21, session was a set-over-set banger that gave Galfond an $81,489 pot.  On the [poker card="As"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="6c"] flop, Galfond bet $815.32 into a pot of $1,199 after Perkins checked. Perkins raised to $3,644.96 and then Galfond made it $8,974.60 to go. Perkins called and the turn was the [poker card="7h"]. After Perkins checked, Galfond fired $13,020.77. Perkins shoved and Galfond called off his remaining $18,149.66. Galfond had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="7c"] and Perkins held the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6s"]. The river was the [poker card="8s"] and Galfond was pushed the $81,489.06 pot. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 14) 388 Bill Perkins $1,561.86 Day 2 (Apr. 21) 625 Phil Galfond $91,705.91 - - - - Total 1,013 Phil Galfond $90,144.05
  16. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. It's 2020 and the guys are back on the air and talking poker on another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast! This week, Lance and Donnie get you all caught up with the most important news from the world of poker in the New Year. Phil Galfond prepares to embark on a full schedule of high-stakes poker challenges, online poker site GGPoker introduces a low buy-in, high guarantee Sunday freezeout tournament, and speculation begins about when and if partypoker will finally go live in Nevada. Listen to the latest episode below or download and subscribe from wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  17. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Check out another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie break down all of the latest news and important views from the world of poker. This week, Phil Galfond's high-stakes, heads-up PLO challenge kicks off as the Run It Once Poker founder battles online wizard 'VeniVidi1993'. Plus, the World Series of Poker adds another chunk of events to the ever-expanding 2020 WSOP summer schedule including a new 'Mystery Bounty' tournament where someone will win $250K for eliminating an opponent. Listen in below! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  18. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Check out another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie bring you all of the news from another action-packed week in the world of poker. This week the guys bring you all of the results from the Super High Roller Bowl Australia and how Stephen Chidwick pulled out a victory in the Australian Poker Open. Also, Phil Galfond's had quite a rough week in the Galfond Challenge, taking heavy losses against online PLO pro 'VeniVidi1993' and Poker Central plans on bringing back beloved poker programming High Stakes Poker. Plus, as promised, the guys take a close look at the Global Poker Awards nominations and give their picks and snubs. Tune in! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  19. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Just like they promised, Lance and Donnie have returned for another episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast. Listen and get caught up on all of the most important news and notes from around the world of poker. This week on the show, the guys talk about the surprise suspension of the very first match in the Galfond Challenge. Down €900,000 to 'VeniVidi1993', Phil Galfond took to Twitter to announce that he's willing to pay a €3K-a-day penalty in order to take some time to figure out if he plans on continuing his battle in the high-stakes, heads-up PLO match. Download, listen and subscribe to the Global Poker Awards nominated The FIVES Poker Podcast. Available wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  20. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The FIVES Poker Podcast returns as Lance and Donnie bring you all of the need-to-know news from this week in poker. With current events driving people indoors, online poker is seeing a boost in popularity as players take to the virtual felt to stay in action. Plus, after bring down over €900,000 in the Galfond Challenge, Phil Galfond has mounted a comeback against his talented opponent 'VeniVidi1993' and has cut his deficit by nearly €600,000. Also, with the majority of live poker events around the world being canceled or postponed everyone is waiting on what is expected to happen to the 2020 World Series of Poker. The guys dive into that and much more so make sure you download, listen and subscribe to The FIVES! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  21. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Download and listen in to another all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast as Lance and Donnie dive into all of the latest news from the world of poker. This week, Phil Galfond completed his epic comeback bid in the first Galfond Challenge. Once down over €900,000 to his talented opponent 'VeniVidi1993', Galfond pulled ahead with just under 100 hands left to seal the deal and win the $100,000 side bet. Also, online poker history was made this week when the first-ever Irish Poker Open concluded just as the first-ever Poker Masters Online got started. Subscribe wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts and never miss an episode! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  22. The first 'Galfond Challenge' was fascinating theatre between Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993,' and it ended with Galfond completing one of poker's most incredible comebacks. Throughout the 25,000 hands played, there were plenty of big pots swinging the action back and forth. In this article, PocketFives is going to take a look at the five largest pots that took place between Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993.' Chopped pots were thrown out, though. As much as James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton want to drive home that "everyone loves a chopped pot," it's more fun to see the chips pushed one way or the other. Here are the five largest pots between Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' that were played during their battle of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] 5. Two Pair Gives ‘VeniVidi1993’ €68,932 Pot The fifth largest pot between the two high-stakes poker players occurred during the March 20 session of play. It didn't quite hit €70,000 in size, but it was very close, coming in at €68,932.06.  ‘VeniVidi1993’ opened this pot with a raise to €600 on the button. Galfond reraised to €1,800 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ called. The flop was [poker card="Ks"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"] and Galfond bet €1,187.67. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called. The [poker card="Qc"] came on the turn and Galfond bet again, this time for €2,987.17. ‘VeniVidi1993’ pumped it up with a raise to €14,395.85 and Galfond called. The river was the [poker card="8h"] and Galfond checked. ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet all of his chips for a wager of €16,543.01. Galfond called. ‘VeniVidi1993’ showed two pair, kings and queens, with his [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Td"][poker card="6s"] and Galfond couldn’t beat it with the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3c"]. 4. ‘VeniVidi1993’ Wins €72,023 with Three Kings The fourth largest pot played between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ was a €72,023.22 one during the March 6 session that saw ‘VeniVidi1993’ make three-of-a-kind kings.  On the button, ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €600. Galfond reraised to €1,800 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call. The flop came down [poker card="Kd"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2d"] and Galfond led with a bet of €899.75. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called to see the [poker card="4h"] hit the board on fourth street. After Galfond checked, ‘VeniVidi1993’ pounced with a bet of €2,753.24. Galfond fired right back with a raise to €13,658.22. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called. On the river, the [poker card="Ts"] hit the board. Galfond had €19,654.14 left and moved all in. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called and the pot ballooned to more than €72,000. ‘VeniVidi1993’ showed his [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2s"] for three kings and Galfond had the losing [poker card="Tc"][poker card="Td"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6c"] for a set of tens. 3. Flush Gives Galfond €75,220 Pot The third largest pot came from the session on February 6 and it was worth €75,220.42. The pot went Galfond’s way with a flush and we didn’t get to see what 'VeniVidi1993' had because he mucked his hand.  ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised on the button to €600 and Galfond called. The flop was [poker card="Qc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4d"] and Galfond checked. ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €803.33 and Galfond called. The turn was the [poker card="8s"] and Galfond checked again. ‘VeniVidi1993’ fired €2,805.66 and Galfond check-raised to €11,222.64. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called. The river was the [poker card="Ac"] and Galfond fired all in for €24,984.74. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call. Galfond showed the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3h"] for a club flush and ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the losing [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="4s"]. 2. ’VeniVidi1993’ Scoops €75,536 with Two Pair The second largest pot played between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ took place during the February 8 session. It was worth €75,536.82 and saw ‘VeniVidi1993’ win with two pair.  Galfond raised on the button to €600 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call from the big blind. The flop came down [poker card="As"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="7c"] and ‘VeniVidi1993’ check-called a bet of €799.33 from Galfond. The turn was the [poker card="5c"] and ‘VeniVidi1993’ check-raised Galfond’s wager of €2,797.66 to €11,190.64. Galfond made the call to see the [poker card="Qh"] land on the river. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked and Galfond fired all in for €25,178.94. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call. ‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="3s"] for two pair, aces and queens, and beat Galfond’s [poker card="9h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2h"]. 1. €81,896 Pot Saves Galfond's Day The largest pot played between Galfon and 'VeniVidi1993' came in the sixth session between the two, which was back on January 28, and it was an €81,896.68 banger.  Galfond bet €1,349.63 on a board of [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4d"] and 'VeniVidi1993' raised to €9,447.39. Galfond called and the river completed the board with the [poker card="7c"]. After Galfond checked, 'VeniVidi1993' bet €12,389.57. Galfond put in a check-raise to €30,847.46 and was all in. 'VeniVidi1993' had €16,412.13 behind and called with the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"]. 'VeniVidi1993' flopped a set of jacks and went on to finish with a seven-high straight. But Galfond had the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"] for a jack-high straight and he hauled in the €81,896.68 pot that helped him book a breakeven day.
  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 hands to go and Galfond is putting up one heck of a comeback since the match went on break at the decision of Galfond to take some time off to regroup. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] The two went on hiatus following the 15th session of the match that took place on February 9. At that point, ‘VeniVidi1993’ was up €900,240.17. Of the 15 sessions played up until that point, ‘VeniVidi1993’ had won in 13 of them, including daily wins of €267,949.70 on February 7 and €155,063.52 on January 27. Since returning to action on March 4, Galfond has won back more than €400,000. Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ have now played 10 sessions since the break, and Galfond has won eight of those 10. Let’s take a look at a couple of highlights from Saturday’s Galfond Challenge session. Galfond’s winning ways came early on Saturday, as he scooped a €42,597.84 pot just a few hands into the session.  There was €3,599 in the middle on the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5d"] flop and ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet the full pot. Galfond raised to €14,396 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ shoved for €19,499.42 total. Galfond called. Galfond had the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"] and ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"]. The [poker card="3d"] landed on the turn, followed by the [poker card="4h"] on the river. With the river, Galfond made an eight-high straight and won the pot. Later on, the two clashed in an even bigger pot worth €67,674.98. Galfond won it and did so with just a pair of fours, if you can believe it.  On the [poker card="8d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3h"] flop, Galfond fired a pot-sized wager of €3,599. ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €14,396, Galfond shoved, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ called off his remaining €17,641.99. Galfond had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4h"] for a pair of fours and a straight draw plus backdoor flush draws. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="As"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5h"] for a straight draw and one backdoor flush draw. The turn was the [poker card="Kh"] and the river was the [poker card="Jc"], leaving Galfond’s pair of fours as the winner. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Jan. 22) 655 VeniVidi1993 €72,572.68 Day 2 (Jan. 23) 715 Phil Galfond €2,615.26 Day 3 (Jan. 24) 557 VeniVidi1993 €84,437.52 Day 4 (Jan. 25) 581 VeniVidi1993 €17,544.87 Day 5 (Jan. 27) 726 VeniVidi1993 €155,063.52 Day 6 (Jan. 28) 703 VeniVidi1993 €13.31 Day 7 (Jan. 30) 823 VeniVidi1993 €52,057.13 Day 8 (Jan. 31) 940 VeniVidi1993 €60,743.37 Day 9 (Feb. 1) 446 VeniVidi1993 €12,706.51 Day 10 (Feb. 3) 696 VeniVidi1993 €100,993.30 Day 11 (Feb. 4) 741 VeniVidi1993 €15,647.36 Day 12 (Feb. 6) 622 Phil Galfond €87,940.91 Day 13 (Feb. 7) 470 VeniVidi1993 €267,949.70 Day 14 (Feb. 8) 593 VeniVidi1993 €48,473.73 Day 15 (Feb. 9) 659 VeniVidi1993 €102,593.34 Day 16 (Mar. 4) 574 Phil Galfond €183,481.38 Day 17 (Mar. 5) 582 VeniVidi1993 €21,571.51 Day 18 (Mar. 6) 555 Phil Galfond €27,198.94 Day 19 (Mar. 7) 638 Phil Galfond €26,018.41 Day 20 (Mar. 9) 566 Phil Galfond €92,803.89 Day 21 (Mar. 10) 576 Phil Galfond €3,766.94 Day 22 (Mar. 11) 556 VeniVidi1993 €88,465.60 Day 23 (Mar. 12) 598 Phil Galfond €23,821.05 Day 24 (Mar. 13) 628 Phil Galfond €19,099.65 Day 25 (Mar. 14) 664 Phil Galfond €139,485.78 - - - - Total 15,864 VeniVidi1993 €494,601.24   What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? The Galfond Challenge between Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' will resume on Thursday, March 19, starting at 12 p.m. ET. Sunday will be a day off for the two. The match is currently 15,864 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.' Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  24. The second edition of the 'Galfond Challenge' kicked off on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Next up for Phil Galfond was a battle with Bill Perkins and various members of the Thirst Lounge team. The first day of play saw swings both ways before ultimately ending with Perkins grabbing a $1,561.86 lead. Galfond and Perkins are scheduled to play 50,000 hands of $100-200 PLO or until one player loses $400,000, whichever comes first. The challenge is taking place on partypoker. On Tuesday, Galfond streamed his side of play on the Run it Once Poker Twitch channel. He and Perkins played one table and the session lasted 388 hands. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Perkins jumped out to the early lead and began to extend the gap, which is something we've seen before as Galfond started off losing to 'VeniVidi1993' in the first Galfond Challenge match. With Perkins up around $40,000-$50,000, the following hand came up that gave Perkins even more of a lead.  On the button, Galfond raised to $600 holding the [poker card="Js"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4h"] and Perkins made the call. The flop came down [poker card="Jc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] and both players checked to see the [poker card="2s"] land on the turn. Perkins fired a min-bet of $200 and Galfond raised to $1,287.32. Perkins reraised to $5,060.96 and Galfond called. The river was the [poker card="5h"] and Perkins led with a bet of $8,490.69. Galfond mulled it over and folded his two pair. Shortly thereafter, Galfond had to make another fold to Perkins in a pot north of $10,000. This time, Galfond folded on the turn.  Perkins raised on the button to $600 and Galfond three-bet to $1,800 from the big blind with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4c"]. Perkins made it $5,400 and Galfond called. The flop was [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kc"] and both players checked to see the [poker card="6d"] land on the turn. Galfond checked again and Perkins fired $5,399.50. Galfond folded. Around halfway through the session is when Galfond started to turn things around, including taking the following pot worth $11,325.64 off Perkins.  The two saw a flop of [poker card="Td"][poker card="Th"][poker card="4h"] with $3,599 in the middle and Galfond bet $600 holding the [poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5s"]. Perkins called and the turn was the [poker card="5c"]. Galfond bet $3,263.32 and Perkins called again. The river was the [poker card="7s"] and both players checked. Galfond showed his hand to beat the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="Jd"] of Perkins. The biggest pot of the session was worth more than $34,000 and it also went Galfond's way, which helped him further cut into the lead that Perkins had built.  Galfond was holding the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="Tc"] on the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6c"] flop. He bet $1,079.70 into a pot of $3,599 and Perkins raised to $3,958.90. Galfond made the call and the turn was the [poker card="9s"] to give Galfond a queen-high straight. Both players checked and the river was the [poker card="Ah"]. Galfond fired a pot-sized bet of $11,516.80 and Perkins made the call. Perkins' hand was mucked after he made the call but Galfond did mention on the stream that Perkins had ace-jack-six in his hand for two pair. Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Apr. 14) 388 Bill Perkins $1,561.86 - - - - Total 388 Bill Perkins $1,561.86
  25. 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 on Sunday, April 12. The final session was a must-see affair, with more than 25,000 viewers tuning in on Twitch and countless others sweating the details on social media. Entering the final session, 'VeniVidi1993' was up just €8,171. At the stakes they were playing, the match was virtually tied at this point. It stayed pretty close throughout the final session and eventually came down to the wire. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Tense Final Session Decides It All After 38 sessions, Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ were pretty much tied, with ‘VeniVidi1993’ clinging to an €8,171.67 lead. Entering the final 39th session, the duo had 698 hands left to play out. ‘VeniVidi1993’ started off the final session with the lead and he held that lead for the first 75 hands or so before Galfond worked his way into the lead. The first lead for ‘VeniVidi1993’ reached its high point about halfway through those 75 hands before Galfond started to turn things around in his favor. Helping Galfond to turn it around was the follow €39,999 pot that Galfond won with a full house. With €7,999 in the middle on the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="Jh"] board, ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €3,999.50. Galfond called and the river was the Jd. ‘VeniVidi1993’ fired a pot-sized bet to put Galfond all in. Galfond called off his last €12,000.50. Galfond showed the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5d"] for a full house, jacks over fives, to beat the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="9d"] that ‘VeniVidi1993’ held for a straight. Galfond moved into the lead over the next few hundred hands of the session, juggling between having the session lead and the overall lead. He couldn’t quite pull away, though, and eventually ‘VeniVidi1993’ fought back retake the lead. Just before Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ passed 400 hands on the session, ‘VeniVidi1993’retook the overall lead. He was still down on the session, though, but that also changed in his favor shortly after the two passed the 400-hand mark. After ‘VeniVidi1993’ was up again both overall and on the session, time was working against Galfond as ‘VeniVidi1993’ kept the pressure on. At around the 450-hand mark, the two paused play to see where the numbers stood. At this break, ’VeniVidi1993’ was up and was approaching the point where he could mathematically win by folding out. He wasn’t quit there yet and the two returned to play with the entire Galfond Challenge hanging in the balance on every single hand. Looking like he might be out of it, Galfond fought hard. Much of the final session was played much closer to the vest by both players, but ’VeniVidi1993’ really cranked up the defense with the finish line near, looking like Floyd Mayweather in the final round of a title fight. ‘VeniVidi1993’ couldn’t quite dodge the jabs Galfond was landing in the comeback within the comeback as the match went down to the wire. Then, the following hand came up that delivered the final blow and locking up the win for Galfond.  With €7,194 in the middle on the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="Ts"] board, ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked and Galfond fired a pot-sized bet. ‘VeniVidi1993’ went into the tank and emerged with a call. Galfond showed the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="Td"][poker card="8d"] for a full house, tens full of fours, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ mucked his hand. Galfond went on to say after the session that ‘VeniVidi1993’ had a lower full house on that hand. After that hand, Galfond was up by enough to fold it out. The numbers were confirmed and the two went through the process to make it official, with Galfond completing a monumental comeback to win the Galfond Challenge against ‘VeniVidi1993.’ Final Challenge Results Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Jan. 22) 655 VeniVidi1993 €72,572.68 Day 2 (Jan. 23) 715 Phil Galfond €2,615.26 Day 3 (Jan. 24) 557 VeniVidi1993 €84,437.52 Day 4 (Jan. 25) 581 VeniVidi1993 €17,544.87 Day 5 (Jan. 27) 726 VeniVidi1993 €155,063.52 Day 6 (Jan. 28) 703 VeniVidi1993 €13.31 Day 7 (Jan. 30) 823 VeniVidi1993 €52,057.13 Day 8 (Jan. 31) 940 VeniVidi1993 €60,743.37 Day 9 (Feb. 1) 446 VeniVidi1993 €12,706.51 Day 10 (Feb. 3) 696 VeniVidi1993 €100,993.30 Day 11 (Feb. 4) 741 VeniVidi1993 €15,647.36 Day 12 (Feb. 6) 622 Phil Galfond €87,940.91 Day 13 (Feb. 7) 470 VeniVidi1993 €267,949.70 Day 14 (Feb. 8) 593 VeniVidi1993 €48,473.73 Day 15 (Feb. 9) 659 VeniVidi1993 €102,593.34 Day 16 (Mar. 4) 574 Phil Galfond €183,481.38 Day 17 (Mar. 5) 582 VeniVidi1993 €21,571.51 Day 18 (Mar. 6) 555 Phil Galfond €27,198.94 Day 19 (Mar. 7) 638 Phil Galfond €26,018.41 Day 20 (Mar. 9) 566 Phil Galfond €92,803.89 Day 21 (Mar. 10) 576 Phil Galfond €3,766.94 Day 22 (Mar. 11) 556 VeniVidi1993 €88,465.60 Day 23 (Mar. 12) 598 Phil Galfond €23,821.05 Day 24 (Mar. 13) 628 Phil Galfond €19,099.65 Day 25 (Mar. 14) 664 Phil Galfond €139,485.78 Day 26 (Mar. 19) 539 Phil Galfond €110,752.58 Day 27 (Mar. 20) 645 VeniVidi1993 €76,026.05 Day 28 (Mar. 21) 503 Phil Galfond €140,979.28 Day 29 (Mar. 26) 642 Phil Galfond €85,271.31 Day 30 (Mar. 27) 777 VeniVidi1993 €26,992.32 Day 31 (Mar. 28) 393 Phil Galfond €106,328.51 Day 32 (Apr. 2) 664 Phil Galfond €113,680.87 Day 33 (Apr. 3) 632 VeniVidi1993 €28,538.21 Day 34 (Apr. 4) 680 Phil Galfond €28,722.88 Day 35 (Apr. 6) 758 Phil Galfond €121,486.95 Day 36 (Apr. 7) 592 VeniVidi1993 €34,580.19 Day 37 (Apr. 9) 883 VeniVidi1993 €78,237.54 Day 38 (Apr. 10) 734 Phil Galfond €23,581.50 Day 39 (Apr. 12) 699 Phil Galfond €9,843.25 - - - - Total 25,001 Phil Galfond €1,671.58
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