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  1. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance and Matt return this week to talk about the success of the partypoker MILLIONS North America event and the underwhelming turnout for the World Poker Tour Elite Poker Championship at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Recorded before the European Poker Tour Main Event played down to a winner, Matt talks about what a win for Ole Schemion might mean for him and it puts him in position to be the first player to grab all three legs of poker's Triple Crown in the same year. Earlier this week, former #1-ranked online poker player Patrick Leonard released his own version of the live power rankings. Lance and Matt debate the merits of Leonard's list, get into some of the snubs and put out a list of their own top five. They wrap things up by talking about the direction Phil Galfond is taking his Run It Once online poker site. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER GET THIS EPISODE ON GOOGLE PLAY
  2. FIVE THINGS is a column, written by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief, Lance Bradley that covers pressing topics and current events in the poker world today. It will appear periodically at PocketFives.com. Chris Moorman Continues to Dominate Online Almost four years to the day that he was last ranked as the #1 online poker player in the world, Chris Moorman showed everybody that he's still got it. Moorman beat out 1,261 other players to win the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up for nearly $40,000. His win came just days after he picked up his 28th PocketFives Triple Crown award. Moorman's dominance of online poker tournaments is well documented on PocketFives, but when you consider he doesn't put in the online volume he used to, it becomes even more clear that Moorman is one of the elite tournament players in the world. There is one glaring omission on Moorman's resume though. He's never won a PokerStars COOP title. He has come close though. In 2009 he finished eighth in the SCOOP Main Event. A year later he finished third in a SCOOP Medium $215 NLH event. The next year he finished third in the SCOOP High $2,100 NLHE event. This year's SCOOP schedule includes 183 events and with Moorman clearly in top form right now, this might be the year that Moorman gets one. WSOP Continues to Tinker with Player of the Year In 2017, the orld Series of Poker revamped their Player of the Year points system. After using GPI and BLUFF scoring systems, WSOP decided to create their own system that rewarded cashing over winning more than the previous systems had. Once players realized this and saw how it worked, there was more than a few vocal opponents who were happy to make their feelings known. The WSOP apparently heard them loud and clear and has, for the fourth time in as many years, changed the scoring system. The WSOP promises that the new system will better reward deep runs and wins over building a resume full of smaller cashes through more events. There are still some players disappointed that the new system is going to reward players who can afford to play the bigger buy-in events. The WSOP Player of the Year award should reflect the best performance of the year. The award shouldn't exclude players who don't play the $10,000 and up buy-in Championship events, but it's hard to consider anybody the best when they don't post strong results against fields largely considered to be the toughest of the year. Germans Unhappy with Super High Roller Bowl Invites In a little over five weeks some of the best poker players in the world will be at the Aria for the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl. With the field limited to 49 players, and 61 players putting down a deposit to play, a lottery was held for the first 30 seats in March. On Wednesday another 15 names, chosen by Aria Poker management, were released and while it includes the likes of Doug Polk, Fedor Holz, Jake Schindler and Bryn Kenney, it seems that some players are upset with the names chosen. In a tweet that's since been deleted, Steffen Sontheimer pointed out that 12 of the 15 chosen were American and a number of German players who had paid the deposit were passed over. Sontheimer replaced that tweet with the following:   Whether or not the German players were excluded on purpose or not, it makes no sense for the reigning Poker Masters Purple Jacket winner to not be guaranteed a seat in the other PokerCentral events at Aria. The way to build prestige for something new, such as the Purple Jacket, is to have it mean something. Allowing Sontheimer to buy-in to the Super High Roller Bowl if he wants to, would have given the broadcast team multiple opportunities to emphasize to viewers that he is the reigning Poker Masters champion. The same goes for US Poker Open winner Stephen Chidwick. PokerGO and the Aria are building something that could be very, very special in the poker world, but this feels like a real misstep. partypoker Shows Well at MILLIONS Grand Final The Great Poker War of 2018 has partypoker doing their best to usurp PokerStars as the leader not just in the online world, but in the live tournament scene as well. The partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona last week was a showcase for exactly what they're hoping for. The €10,300 buy-in Main Event came with a €10,000,000 guarantee which they smashed with 1,175 entrants. Before the Main Event wrapped up, the schedule also included two €25,000 buy-in events, a €50,000 event and a €100,000 event. Those events drew 88, 90, 57 and 48 players respectively. All four of those events easily surpassed their €2,000,000 guarantees with the €100,000 event prize pool more more than doubling the guaranteed amount. It's a sure-fire sign that players at all levels are recognizing the financial commitment that partypoker has put behind their LIVE tour. Players weren't the only ones who benefited though. Mypartypokerlive.com provided a top-tier live stream product alongside live updates, video interviews and other content. Considering the number of years they have to make up on PokerStars in the live arena, they certainly seem to be taking huge strides. Phil Galfond Progressing with Online Poker Site In the wake of PokerStars cutting off SuperNova Elite players with no notice and the ensuing fall out from some of the impacted players, Phil Galfond began putting the wheels in motion to launch his own online poker site. He made those plans public in September 2016 and had been mostly radio silent since then. That all changed this week when Galfond announced that Phase 1 of RunItOnce would launch this summer. According to Galfond, the first phase of release will only include cash games. Multi-table tournaments and sit-n-gos are expected to be part of Phase 2, which does not have release date. In the latest update, Galfond explained his reasoning for putting out the product in various phases. We decided to stay on course and deliver part of our offering quickly while also working on changes that will allow much more flexibility in our development process going forward. This meant a sped up launch, but a slightly slower path to our final product. Whether or not Galfond can build an online poker site, and more importantly a business that can survive the online poker market of 2018 remains to be seen, but observers who are disappointed or frustrated by the pace at which they're moving forward are missing the point. Galfond could very easily have acquired the software necessary, quickly put in place the necessary marketing and customer service channels and picked up the necessary licensing to operate in some European and ROW markets, but the likelihood of failure would have been sky high. Instead, Galfond and his team are taking their time to build a quality product while also making sure the ancillary product offerings, such as the VIP rewards program, aren't just cookie cutter copies of what's out already there. In the current online poker business environment, slow and steady is bound to at least stay in the race, if not win it. DISCLAIMER: The views expressed here do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PocketFives.com or its owners.
  3. The highly-anticipated Run It Once online poker room has taken another step closer to getting a full public release. This week, Run It Once founder Phil Galfond provided another update on improvements to the client, thanks a sneak peek at what playing at RIO will look like when players finally get the opportunity to play on the newest addition to the online poker market. Galfond posted a new video to the Run It Once YouTube channel. In the video, which can be seen below, Galfond takes the viewer into the client and through the process of selecting a dynamic avatar, buying-in to a cash game and selecting the number tables. At launch, based on user feedback, Run It Once will have a six-table cash game cap. In fact, much of what Galfond shows are updates to both graphics and the interface based on feedback from countless hours of beta testing. The current crop of beta testers has been the majority of the Run It Once staff as well as a select number of players all of whom have been able to play real money poker on the client since April. “Really, the majority of the beta feedback we’ve received so far has been positive,” Galfond said. Small changes that Galfond says have made their way into the software include larger avatars and improved color tagging to indicate thoughts on players. He mentions that his developers are continuing to make the site more responsive including working on improving the bet slider and option buttons. Getting Closer "We’re getting to the point now where, while there are still a lot of known bugs and we’re working on them, they’re fewer and further between,” Galfond said. Galfond realized that he has, on a few occasions, attempted to predict when the official launch of the Run It Once online poker site will be, each time slightly miscalculating. “The plan was to launch this summer and while summer is technical not over…it’s become pretty clear that we’re not going to have a full public launch by September 22. But what we will have is a lot of players playing for real money in our private beta.” Galfond then announced that the private real money beta will also be getting a boost. By September 13, Run It Once will be looking to add another 1000 players to the worldwide beta. The development team is mostly looking for players who will provide feedback on how it feels to play on the software. Depending on that feedback, the scale of the beta may increase in both players and uptime. “Hopefully all goes well, we can scale up and get to launch sooner than later.” Tough Decisions One of the tougher parts of developing for the Run It Once team seems to be making the decisions between perfecting current features and implementing new ones. Galfond, calling himself a perfectionist, looks to address every aspect of gameplay to maximize both the feel of the software and the flow of the game. Some of the newer developments shown off in the video include updated graphics on the back and front of the decks, a chat system that includes emojis and canned phrases, as well as when a players time bank becomes active. Gal fond acknowledges that while the company is eager to get the software in a place where it’s ready for everyone to play on, that the hard work doesn’t stop there. “When we get this to the state that we’re happy to launch with, it doesn’t mean that we’re done,” Galfond said. Players interested in taking part and providing feedback can register at runitonce.eu. Players will be picked at random.
  4. 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. This week on The Fives, Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters talk all about the Run It Once launch and what just might be in store for the Phil Galfond-backed online poker site. For the third week in a row, the field in the Sunday Million dropped and the guys discuss what it might take for PokerStars to return the event to a $215 buy-in and restore some of the glory on the event. Other topics covered this week include the release of dates for WSOP Europe, the lack of hype for the upcoming U.S. Poker Open and give an update on the latest Phil Ivey news - spoiler alert, it's not great. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Subscribe</strong>: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fives/id1221471287?mt=2">Apple Podcasts</a> <strong>*</strong> <a href="https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Ibohw4jpnetjmxbziu5ifwmted4">Google Podcasts</a> <strong>*</strong> <a href="https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/pocketfives/the-fives">Stitcher</a></p>
  5. Phil Galfond is about to run wild in the streets. The Twitch Poker streets that is. Well, maybe Galfond won't be running 'wild', however, the popular high stakes pro and founder of the Run It Once online poker site, is about to spend some real quality time showcasing his online poker platform with six days of regular poker streaming. If all goes according to plan, from August 30 - September 4 Galfond will grinding, for the very first time, on his own online poker site Run It Once. “I’ve always wanted to stream on Run It Once,” Galfond said. “I’ve done a few one-off streaming sessions on WSOP.com because…well, I wanted to do it to try and help promote Run It Once but I don’t think it did a very good job because it wasn’t on Run It Once.” [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"] That’s because since its launch in February 2019 Galfond, as a founder, has not been allowed to actually play on RIO. But over the course of the year, the site has evolved. Not only with expanding features and improved stability and performance, but as an organization that now allows Galfond, who is also the online sites biggest name star, to finally get in the game. “This is a decision that we’ve kind of wrestled with for a while and as we were able to do it from a technical perspective, as that became viable, we revisited the decision and made it. I’ve always wanted to stream on this site,” he said. “In order to play I have to lose access to a lot of data and I think what I realized is for most company decisions I’ve had access to stuff that I could have checked…about player statistics and things like that…but I just left that up to our marketing and our poker management team. I never really dug into it myself anyways.” So now Galfond, who is setting up shop in Vancouver, BC for the week, is ready to mix it up with the Run It Once regulars. “For the sake of the stream, and just for fun, I’d like to play some higher stakes games,” Galfond said. “By that, I mean 5/10 PLO or maybe some 10/20 if we can get it running. We’ll see if some people show up…otherwise, I’ll just move around and try to give everybody a chance to play with me.” In another first for the site, Galfond will be the only player not to utilize an anonymous name. He’ll be playing under his own name with a custom look-a-like avatar. “Obviously it gives them a little bit of an advantage because I don’t know who they are and they know who I am but I’m not really trying to play on Run It Once to beat up on our loyal users,” Galfond said. “We just felt it was fairer for people to know that they’re playing against me. Even though there’s no insider advantage that I have, if people want to choose not to play against me they can do so.” Even if he’s giving up an edge by using his own name, Galfond will likely still have an advantage as he’s widely considered to be one of the best poker minds in the game having played at and crushed the biggest stakes both live and online. However one part of this six-day stint is ‘poker’ and the other is ‘streaming’ and that’s something that Galfond doesn’t have nearly as much experience in. “I rarely watched streams before we launched Run It Once. I probably only watched a couple just out of curiosity,” he said. “Since we launched and we have the StreamR program where we reward people who stream on the site I was watching them all the time…until it was eating up too much of my time.” Now, Galfond has a measured appetite for streaming as he watches other streamers analyzing what they do well and what helps them build an audience. It’s those positive qualities he hopes to bring to his stream this week but he knows it's his own knack for teaching the game of poker that will likely pull in the most people. “I think that the best thing that people can do is to actually get into the chat and ask me questions because I’ve made hundreds of hours of poker training content and advanced poker training content,” he said. “Sometimes I struggle with streaming…I’ve only done it a few times. I struggle with figuring out where to kind of target my analysis. Like should I make it more basic or should I go more advanced? “The best way for me to figure that out is when I get questions from the viewers and if it’s a question that is a beginner question and I get a bunch of those then I know to kind of gear my analysis toward that. “There are plenty of streamers who just have music on and don’t talk that much. There are plenty of other ones who do talk but they’re mostly like engaging their audience and celebrating wins or rooting for cards. They’re not talking a bunch of strategy. I feel like the habit of talking advanced strategy is so hard for me to break because all of the talking and playing I’ve done has been for training videos and I’ve done so much of it that I think that my streams will be naturally packed full of me trying to teach because it’s what I’m used to,” That’s not to say that Galfond isn’t going to work on being entertaining and bringing something special to his stream. For one, if a player happens to stack Galfond in either PLO or NLHE, there’s a €20 bonus for that. But there is also some extra special ‘fun stuff’ that he wasn’t at liberty to divulge that he feels will go above and beyond. “I think people will like it,” he said. He knows that he may not be the most excitable of players to watch, but he still has plenty to offer. “Something that I found a lot of popular streamers do well is that they’re animated and excited about what’s happening to them at the table…I don’t really think I’m capable of that. If I were celebrating winning a pot it would be disingenuous,” he said. “I don’t think I’m necessarily predisposed to being a world-class streamer and my ceiling might be lower than some other people but I’m not going to stress about that. I’m just going to do what I can do well, which is teach and then try to engage with the viewers. I’m not going to be someone I’m not and that may mean that I’m not as fun as some other streamers but I’ll just do what I do.” And when it comes to poker, what Galfond normally does is find himself in the biggest games against the biggest names. But when talking about how he plans to approach the players on Run It Once, even those in the micros, he's still planning on bringing his 'A' game. “I think I’ll just be playing as best I can and I think I will be motivated not by winning money in the games but by showing the people who come out to support and watch the stream…showing them my best game.” Galfond will be streaming from 10am-3pm PT on the Run It Once Twitch Poker channel.
  6. 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 steel slide installed in his multi-million dollar New York penthouse pre-Black Friday. Those days are very much in the rearview mirror, though. Now, Galfond spends his days trying to build an online poker site and its community, not break it. Galfond has spent the recent years of his life dedicated to his upstart online poker site, Run It Once Poker. If his poker life became so much of a breeze that it can be likened to a can’t-stop-me-now, smiling-from-ear-to-ear, I’m-never-going-to-grow-up trip down his old slide, his time on the business side has been the opposite, as he tries to work his way from the bottom to the top by climbing a slippery, curvy slope with little to grab onto. One wrong move can force a slide back down to the bottom to start over, only this time the sliding doesn’t come with the same excitement. "I always knew it would be difficult, but it has definitely exceeded my expectations," Galfond said. "While software development has been our biggest challenge, that was one that we knew would be going in. The main difficulty with launching a new site that I didn't quite appreciate is that you're always paddling upstream with regards to traffic and liquidity. Until you've reached critical mass (whatever that actually looks like) at certain games and stakes, your product is at a disadvantage. Even if you have the best software, the best pricing, and the best game quality - if people show up and there aren't games available for them to play all the tables they want to play, the product isn't complete." About a year ago, Run It Once Poker opened its virtual doors, but the idea had started long before. About three and a half years ago, Galfond penned his now-famous blog post called 'A Poker Site Should' and the idea was thrust forward. "A poker site should value poker players," the first line read. If you didn’t read any further, or if the remainder of the post was clipped from visibility, you still had a very good sense of the direction Galfond wanted to take. In a time when online poker sites, most notably PokerStars, seemed to be detaching themselves more and more from valuing its players, Galfond set out to fill the void for a player-first platform in the online poker marketplace. For as much praise as Galfond received and belief that if anyone could do this it could be him, Galfond will be the first to tell you that it hasn’t been easy. Poker vs. Business The biggest difference between poker and business, according to Galfond, is that poker is very much an individualistic journey, whereas building a business takes more than one person. Not only that, but all parties involved have to work together. "I'd say that understanding risk is integral to running a business and playing poker professionally, but beyond that, there aren't a ton of similarities," Galfond said. "Playing poker is an independent endeavor, and running a poker site is done by a team. Selecting the right team, giving them what they need to succeed, trusting and relying on them to handle decisions that you'd normally think to make yourself - these are all more important than what I can do for the company as an individual. "It has taken me a long time to fully learn that - especially the part about not trying to weigh in myself on each and every decision. I have come a long way since we started the business, definitely, but I wouldn't consider myself anywhere near an expert in any area of running a business, so my business abilities are very far behind my abilities as a poker player." Although he says playing poker and running a business don’t have many similarities and admits to not being an expert in running a business, one can connect the dots to see that Galfond is drawing from his time as a poker player to set himself, and his business, on the right path. In order to become a successful poker player at any level, not just at the nosebleed stakes that Galfond once dominated, you have to be willing to want to improve. That comes with allowing yourself to be vulnerable to the fact that you’re not the best and there is always room for growth. Whether it’s in your weekly home game or at the final table of the WSOP Main Event, how many times have we seen poker players believe they’re the best, get ahead of themselves, and then be nowhere to be found? In poker, and in business, the game will always find a way to humble you. When it comes to his team, that’s what Galfond says he is most proud about with Run It Once Poker, and he didn’t hesitate in pointing this out. He also didn’t hesitate in saying that "there's still a long road ahead" for the group he describes full of "awesome, passionate, dedicated people who have worked insanely hard." Galfond mentioned that many members of the team, himself included, have stepped into new roles during their time with Run It Once Poker and that it’s been "really cool" to see all of the development. Surprise Obstacle A more specific challenge regarding Run It Once Poker that Galfond pointed out involves attracting current online poker players that have spent most of their time playing at other sites, and this is something he didn’t fully expect. "One other surprise has been the stickiness of pro and semi-pro players to their current poker site of choice," Galfond said. "I knew that our mission would resonate with online poker enthusiasts, all the way from the frequent recreational player to the full-time pro, but I've been surprised by how much easier it is to get recreational players to make the jump to Run It Once Poker than it is for pros. Recreational players aren't primarily playing for income, so the fact that we have fun-feeling software, great rakeback, and a mission that they believe in has led to a lot of sophisticated recreational players coming over to play on Run It Once. Pros, on the other hand, are deterred by game availability (they want to 4-12 table) and seem to be more resistant to things that are different than what they're used to. ‘Splash the Pot’ (one of our two rewards systems, which drops money onto the table for players to fight over) was a great example of this - a number of pros are worried about playing a format that they haven't studied. Sophisticated recreational players see free money landing on the table and a fun new dynamic added to the game." Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor was it fully built in a year. While many players may be reluctant to jump ship from whatever site they’re playing on and make Run It Once Poker their go-to platform, Galfond recognizes that it’s going to take time, even if the obstacle is a little bigger than he originally thought. The selling points for Run It Once Poker are what Galfond has mentioned. The site has a good base of recreational players, inviting software, and creative promotions that aim to benefit players as much as possible. Although he doesn’t claim to be an expert at building a business, it evident Galfond has already checked off some of the most important elements to starting a successful venture - build a solid foundation and put together a hard-working team of like-minded individuals who believe in what you're doing. In theory, the pros should eventually come over and play. It’s just going to take time. Let’s face it, it’s hard for people to change their ways. But if other sites continue to stray further from the core values that Galfond is trying to adhere to, then Run It Once Poker has the potential to become a clear choice for players. Sticking To the Mission It's no secret about how Galfond feels about PokerStars, but does he feel the same about other competitors such as partypoker and GGPoker? Although there's no mistake that partypoker and GGPoker are competitors to Run It Once Poker just like PokerStars is, it's hard to miss the player-first vision that these three sites, albeit separately, have in common. "I'm a big fan of Rob Yong and partypoker," Galfond said. "He cares about the game and is trying to do what he believes is best for it. GGPoker, I'm less familiar with as a player because the PLO rake is crazy, but I think they've done a fantastic job with their software and a number of other innovations. "Honestly, I believe that Run It Once will be the best of both of those companies if we can grow and reach our goals - innovative with fun and user-friendly software, and mission-driven, making decisions that are in the best interest of the future of online poker and our players. I say, ‘if we can grow,’ because our software, while user-friendly, innovative, and fun, is still in its infancy. We haven't yet added tournaments and a number of the other (exciting) ideas we've got. We're already player-friendly, doing things that we believe are best for online poker and for our players, and I think that if you talk to our players, they'll echo that sentiment. If a player-friendly atmosphere and fun, entertaining gameplay isn’t quite enough to put you over the edge, take a look at some of the promotions Run It Once Poker is running. The site offers great rakeback and Galfond and his team are willing to go right at the competition with promotions such as the 'Stars Become Legends' one running in January that is directly targeting PokerStars cash game players with increased rakeback, added bonuses, and even a Run It Once training offer. It's promotions like these that Galfond hopes can help Run It Once Poker achieve its number one goal for 2020 - to grow its player base. "We're always working on big improvements and additions to the product," Galfond said for what’s on the horizon for Run It Once Poker. "Our next very big addition will be SNGs, which I was hoping would be out now, but you know how that goes!"
  7. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. When the calendar turned to February, a number of the top online poker players attempted to take a stand against PokerStars and a much-heralded new online poker site launched. The Boycott: PokerStars vs MTT Heavy Hitters Just before Valentine's Day, PokerStars broke the hearts of some of their most frequent high stakes tournament grinders. A little over 18 months after first introducing Stars Rewards, the company announced major changes to the program that meant MTT players would be earning 55% fewer reward points for any tournament fees paid. Players originally earned 100 reward points for every $1/€1 in rake paid. The changes meant players would now earn just 45 reward points for every $1/€1 in fees. The online MTT community didn't respond well to this change. One of the top-ranked players in the world, 'girafganger', organized a boycott which started out as 250 other players agreeing to sit out a $5,200 buy-in Turbo Series event on PokerStars that same week. "The nonstop rake increases and unbeatable formats they have been pushing on all of us, with the latest one pushing me over the edge, made me reach out to some of the high stakes regs to try and convince them to skip the $5K PokerStars Turbo Series event as a protest," 'girafganger' said in a statement. "The positive feedback was overwhelming and it didn’t take long for a group to naturally form." Some of the players boycotting included 'lena900', 'C Darwin2', Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas, Calvin Anderson, and Samuel '€urop€an' Vousden. PokerStars' chief competition, partypoker, even went as far as to create a special $5,000 buy-in tournament with a $1,000,000 guarantee to run against the PokerStars tournament that was subject to the boycott. The boycott didn't seem to have the impact the players were hoping for. The PokerStars event drew 187 total entries, down just seven players from the same tournament a week earlier while the partypoker event met the guarantee. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Bryn Kenney Chops Up the Aussie Millions Main Event Bryn Kenney had himself one helluva 2019 and it all started in earnest in February when he won the Aussie Millions Main Event after a three-way chop. The tournament ended as soon as the deal was agreed upon. Michael Del Vecchio actually had a slight chip lead when negotiations began, but Kenney was able to talk his way into a deal that gave him the title and a $1,272,598 AUD ($914,617 US) payday. Kenney won the title despite not being responsible for eliminating a single player from the final table. Del Vecchio took home $1,272,162 AUD while third-place finisher Andrew Hinrichsen banked $1,097,739 AUD. The event drew 822 runners to break the previous record of 800 from 2018. Kenney wasn't the biggest winner from the Aussie Millions though. Toby Lewis, who won the $50,000 High Roller and finished runner-up in the $25,000 Challenge, earned $1,607,654 AUD ($1,149,064 US) to top the 2019 Aussie Millions earnings list. Team PokerStars Loses Two In January, PokerStars was more than happy to trot out their Team Pros and Ambassadors at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for every media opportunity possible. Less than a month later, two of the most visible pros on their roster began what would be a season-long exodus. In early February, Jamie Staples and Jeff Gross both announced that they were leaving Team PokerStars. Gross and Staples each made an announcement of their own confirming their departure. For Gross, it was a matter of not being able to come to terms on a new contract to continue representing the site. “Is this it for you in poker? The answer is ‘no’,” Gross said “If anything, we are just getting locked in, just getting strapped in and it’s seriously about to turn up.” Staples was looking further ahead and had plans to take his career, poker and streaming, to a new level. “I felt as if I might have an opportunity to do something bigger with my career in poker,” Staples said at the time. “It was a risk and I thought about it a lot and I decided to go on my own.” Over the course of the next few months, Gross and Staples both signed on with partypoker to represent their brand at live events on via player-created content on YouTube and Twitch. David Peters Takes Home US Poker Open In mid-month, the PokerGO airwaves were jam-packed with the 10 events from the US Poker Open. Most of the high roller regulars were out in full force for events with buy-ins from $10,000 up to the $100,000 Main Event. David Peters closed out the by winning the Main Event for $1.32 million. That victory also allowed him to beat out Sean Winter for the overall Series title. Peters had two cashes heading into the Main Event. He finished second to Winter in Event #4 ($10,000 Short Deck) for $100,800 and then fifth in Event #9 ($50,000 No-Limit Hold’em) for $164,000 before winning the 33-player Main Event. Stephen Chidwick won a pair of USPO titles. He beat Winter heads-up to win Event #1 ($10,000 No-Limit Hold’em) and then won Event #6 ($25,000 Pot Limit Omaha). Other US Poker Open event winners included Jordan Cristos (Event #2), Lauren Roberts (Event #3), Ali Imsirovic ( Event #5), Bryn Kenney (Event #7), Nick Schulman (Event #8), and Koray Aldemir (Event #9). Run It Once Goes Live When Phil Galfond announced in 2016 that he was launching an online poker site of his own, the poker world was excited that one of their own was stepping out to give them a new place to play. It became a patience tester for both Galfond and poker community. It took two years longer than Galfond expected, but in February, Run It Once launched the Public Beta version of their software to much fanfare. Galfond, who had been transparent about the delays and hiccups experienced along the way, was more than happy to put the product out to the world in an effort to get much-needed feedback. “The deck may be stacked against us, but I believe that with just a little bit of help from you, we can make our poker dream a reality – we can conquer threats to online poker’s future through the innovations we launch with and the countless more still to come, we can be a driving force for positive change in the industry, and we can make Run It Once exactly what a poker site should be.”  
  8. 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 Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Galfond spent a good portion of Saturday’s play in the green, but things turned towards the end of the session to have him finish down. Let’s take a look at some of the big hands to play out in the latest session. The first all-in pot of the day was one of nearly €46,000 and involved a full house over full house going the way of Galfond.  With €5,398.50 in the middle on the [poker card="As"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="3s"][poker card="6d"] board, Galfond fired €1,349.63 and 'VeniVidi1993' raised to €9,447.39 with €10,849.86 behind. Galfond reraised all in and 'VeniVidi1993' called. 'VeniVidi1993' showed the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3h"] and Galfond had the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Add"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5c"]. The river paired the board with the [poker card="6h"], giving both players a full house but Galfond’s aces over sixes was the winner of the €45,993 pot. Another hand that Galfond won early was a pot of more than €32,000 with a nine-high straight.  On a [poker card="Js][poker card="8d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="Qs"] board, the pot was €3,599 and Galfond checked. 'VeniVidi1993' bet €3,599. Galfond called and the river was the 7c. Galfond checked, 'VeniVidi1993' fired a full pot-sized bet of €10,797, and Galfond called. Galfond had a nine-high straight with the [poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2s"]. 'VeniVidi1993' had the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5h"] and was caught bluffing. This gave the €32,391 pot to Galfond. Galfond was up around €50,000 or so on the session before things started to go the other way. One of the hands that started the comeback for 'VeniVidi1993' was the following €39,999 pot when he got paid off with a jack-high flush.  On the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="5s"][poker card="2h"] board, 'VeniVidi1993' checked, Galfond bet €2,797.66, and 'VeniVidi1993' check-raised to €11,190.64. Galfond called to see the [poker card="6s"] come on the river. The pot was a little more than €25,000 and 'VeniVidi1993' had less than €7,500 behind. He fired all in for €7,410.03 and Galfond made the call. Galfond had the [poker card="As"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3d"] for a six-high straight. 'VeniVidi1993' had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="Js"][poker card="4s"] for a jack-high spade flush and scooped the pot. After that, the following hand went down that saw 'VeniVidi1993' pull in a €52,676.08 pot.  'VeniVidi1993' led with a bet of €1,835.49 on the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4s"] flop and Galfond called to see the [poker card="Qd"] land on the turn. 'VeniVidi1993' fired €7,269.98 for a pot-sized wager and Galfond raised to €29,079.92. 'VeniVidi1993' called all in for €22,703.05 total. 'VeniVidi1993' revealed the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6h"] for a set of kings, and Galfond had the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4c"] for two pair and a flush draw. The river was the [poker card="2d"], keeping 'VeniVidi1993' in front and giving him the €52,676.08 pot. 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 - - - - Total 6,146 VeniVidi1993 €452,523.65 If Galfond Wins, Everyone Wins During the Galfond Challenge, Run It Once Poker players have a chance to added rewards. Through Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Winnings' promotion, every player on Run It Once Poker has the chance to win on any day that Galfond wins in the challenge. During the first two weeks of the Galfond Challenge, on any day when Galfond is profitable in a match, Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Pot' promotion will be doubled. For more information, including how you can sign up for Run It Once Poker, check out PocketFives' dedicated page for the site. What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? The two have now passed the 6,000-hand mark and are nearly 25% of the way through this match in the Galfond Challenge. Galfond remains in the hole by quite a bit, but he's got 18,854 hands to turn the tables. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' will take the day off on Sunday before resuming their match on Monday, February 3, starting at 11 a.m. ET for the 10th day. Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  9. 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 only be down about €50,000, but then his deficit started to increase again and was approaching six figures. Galfond rallied a little bit at the end to only close Thursday’s play down €52,057.13. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] The first all-in pot of the game came in the form of a €49,191 pot when all the money went in on the turn.  With the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="4s"] flop in the middle, Galfond checked and 'VeniVidi1993' fired €803.33 into a pot of €1,199. Galfond called to see the [poker card="6d"] come on the turn. Galfond checked, 'VeniVidi1993' bet €2,805.66, and Galfond raised to €11,222.64. Galfond had €11,970.03 behind and 'VeniVidi1993' raised to put him all in. Galfond called and the cards were turned up. Galfond showed the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"] and 'VeniVidi1993' had the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Js"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"]. The river was the [poker card="2d"] to give Galfond a diamond flush and the €49,191 pot. About 100 hands or so later, the two played another all-in pot. This time, the money went in on the flop for a €43,219.98 hand.  On the [poker card="Td"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"] flop, Galfond checked, 'VeniVidi1993' bet €803.33 into €1,199, and Galfond raised to €2,206.16. 'VeniVidi1993' made it €7,817.48, Galfond went all in for €21,010.49, and 'VeniVidi1993' called. 'VeniVidi1993' had the [poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"] and was up against the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="Th"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2s"] for Galfond. The turn was the [poker card="8h"] and the river the [poker card="3h"] to give 'VeniVidi1993' a heart flush and the €43,219.98 pot. About halfway through Thursday's play, the following two hands played out side by side. The pot on the left was an all-in pot worth more than €40,000, and the one on the right was a pot of more than €16,000 that Galfond won with a bet on the river.  On the left table, the flop was [poker card="Jc"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4h"] with a pot of €3,599 in the middle. 'VeniVidi1993' bet €1,835.49 and Galfond raised to €5,200. 'VeniVidi1993' called and the turn was the [poker card="Tc"]. This is when all of the money went in. 'VeniVidi1993' led with a pot-sized bet of €13,999 and Galfond called all in for his remaining €13,100. 'VeniVidi1993' showed the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="As"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4d"] and Galfond had the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3h]. Although 'VeniVidi1993' was ahead with his pair of aces, Galfond had a lot of outs with four cards to a straight flush. The river was the [poker card="Td"], though, and the €40,199 pot went over to 'VeniVidi1993.' On the other table, there was a pot of €16,833.96 in the middle on a final board of [poker card="Th"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3s"][poker card="Qc"]. Galfond was first and fired €8,416.98. 'VeniVidi1993' folded, giving Galfond the pot. The next hand came towards the end of the match, when it seemed like a flurry of big pots went down. This one was an all-in pot on the turn worth just under €40,000.  On the turn of a board reading [poker card="9s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Jc"], 'VeniVidi1993' checked and Galfond bet €4,662.77 into a pot of €6,944.16. 'VeniVidi1993' raised all in for €16,502.42 and Galfond called holding the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="9d"][poker card="5c"]. 'VeniVidi1993' had the [poker card="9h"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5h"]. The river was the [poker card="Tc"] and Galfond scooped the €39,999 pot. Shortly thereafter, the following pot of more than €42,000 played out. This one went to 'VeniVidi1993.'  There was €5,398.50 in the middle on a board of [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3s"]. 'VeniVidi1993' checked, Galfond bet €3,599, and 'VeniVidi1993' called. The river was the 8s and 'VeniVidi1993' checked. Galfond bet €12,596.50 with just €2,203.50 behind. 'VeniVidi1993' raised to put Galfond all in and Galfond called. Galfond showed the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="4c"] for a full house, aces over fours. 'VeniVidi1993' had rivered a higher full house with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8d"] for aces full of eights. This gave 'VeniVidi1993' the €42,196.50 pot. 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 - - - - Total 4,760 VeniVidi1993 €379,073.77 At the €100-€200 limits they're playing, the two sides have been buying in for €20,000. Being down nearly €380,000, Galfond is down just about 19 buy-ins. Those figures can seem staggering, and many have commented on various platforms about their worry for Galfond, but according to a post on Twitter on Thursday night, he says no one should be worried about him. https://twitter.com/PhilGalfond/status/1223079024055816192?s=20 If Galfond Wins, Everyone Wins During the Galfond Challenge, Run It Once Poker players have a chance to added rewards. Through Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Winnings' promotion, every player on Run It Once Poker has the chance to win on any day that Galfond wins in the challenge. During the first two weeks of the Galfond Challenge, on any day when Galfond is profitable in a match, Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Pot' promotion will be doubled. For more information, including how you can sign up for Run It Once Poker, check out PocketFives' dedicated page for the site. What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? The 823 hands played on Thursday were the most in a single session for Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993,' and they're now 19% of the way to completing this challenge. They'll resume play on Friday, January 31, at 11 a.m. ET for the eighth day of action and once again Galfond will be looking to dig himself out of the hole by putting together what would be just his second winning session against 'VeniVidi1993.' Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  10. 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 running bad, but I think I definitely was on my C game today and I think he was on his A game," Galfond said of Friday’s play against 'VeniVidi1993.' "So I feel like, actually, I expected myself to get a little stronger each day but so far the opposite has happened. That happens, we all have off days, but I definitely felt like he was getting the better of me today." [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Galfond said that he does worry that one off day could turn into more than just one and that any time you're off your game it brings about a few questions for what is leading to things going wrong. Galfond said that he still enjoys playing and is looking forward to booking a win, even though these first few days haven’t gone his way too much. "It's the nature of heads-up PLO," Galfond said. Down more than €150,000 after three days of this match, Galfond has plenty of crawling out of the hole to do. He still has more than 23,000 hands to do it, but 'VeniVidi1993' won't be making it easy. Galfond said he had very little experience playing with 'VeniVidi1993' before this challenge, too, which means it might take a little longer for Galfond to adjust to his opponent's play. "We've played a few hands of heads-up in the last year in a heads-up Zoom pool and then a reasonable amount of six-max, but not that much because he's climbed the stakes more recently and I’ve spent a few years off," Galfond said. "We've played a little bit, but for the most part we haven’t had tens of thousands of hands together." After every session, both sides receive hand histories of the match without hole cards, Galfond added. He said he’s been reviewing these after each session and that he enjoys the process. Speaking of hand histories, let's review some of the big hands from Day 3 of the Galfond Challenge. The first all-in pot of the match was one worth just under €40,000 when 'VeniVidi1993' rivered a higher full house than Galfond’s.  Picking up the action on the turn with a pot of €5,398.50 in the middle, Galfond bet €1,349.63 on the [poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="2d"][poker card="2h"] board and 'VeniVidi1993' called. The river was the [poker card="Qc"] and Galfond led with a bet of €4,048.88. 'VeniVidi1993' raised all in for €15,950.62 and Galfond called. Galfond showed the [poker card="7s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="3c"] but he was no good against the [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5c"] for 'VeniVidi1993.' A big pot that went Galfond's way and was worth €45,193.34 involved the Run It Once Poker owner making a big call on the river against 'VeniVidi1993.' Here’s how it went down.  On the river of a board reading [poker card="Th"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="2s"], a pot of €16,198.50 was in the middle between Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993.' Galfond bet a quarter of the pot with a €4,049.63 wager, leaving himself with €10,447.79 behind. 'VeniVidi1993' put the pressure on with a raise to put Galfond all in, but Galfond proved he could pass the test and called with the [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Js"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="9s"] after a bit of tanking. Galfond’s two pair, queens and tens, was best against the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="7d"] for 'VeniVidi1993' to give Galfond the double up. Later in the match, Galfond ran into another full house of 'VeniVidi1993,' this time making a losing call of a pot-sized bet on the river to give 'VeniVidi1993' a €54,524.88 pot.  With a board of [poker card="9c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="Ad"] on the table and €7,269.98 in the middle, 'VeniVidi1993' bet €5,452.49. Galfond called and the [poker card="4s"] hit the board on the river. 'VeniVidi1993' bet the full pot for €18,174.96 and Galfond called. 'VeniVidi1993' showed the [poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="2s"] for sixes full of fours and Galfond mucked his hand. 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 - - - - Total 1,927 VeniVidi1993 €154,394.94 If Galfond Wins, Everyone Wins During the Galfond Challenge, Run It Once Poker players have a chance to added rewards. Through Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Winnings' promotion, every player on Run It Once Poker has the chance to win on any day that Galfond wins in the challenge. During the first two weeks of the Galfond Challenge, on any day when Galfond is profitable in a match, Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Pot' promotion will be doubled. For more information, including how you can sign up for Run It Once Poker, check out PocketFives' dedicated page for the site. What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' have completed 1,927 hands of their 25,000-hand challenge, so they're 7.7% of the way done. The two are scheduled to play another session on Saturday, January 25, starting at 11 a.m. ET. You can watch the day's session on the Run It Once Twitch channel, and we'll keep you updated right here on PocketFives as well. Remember, these two are playing not only for the money at stake in each match, but also for side action that has Galfond's €200,000 up against the €100,000 for 'VeniVidi1993.' For those wondering how the side action money is being handled, Galfond did say that most of the side bet action throughout the Galfond Challenge is being handled via escrow, either in full or partial amounts. Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  11. 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 played 1,370 hands and is 5.5% through their 25,000 hands. Through two days, 'VeniVidi1993' is up a total of €69,957.42. Remember, in addition to the money won or lost on the table, the two players have six figures in side action at stake, with Galfond's €200,000 up against the €100,000 of 'VeniVidi1993.' "The thing about all poker, and especially heads-up, is that so much is going to be due to variance," Galfond said. "Was I more out-matched today or did the cards not go my way? There are a lot of ways to run bad, right? You can get it in good and lose, or you can call the river and be wrong five times in a row. So it's hard to tell, it's always hard to tell early in a match and it's still early, but I definitely felt less... not less in control, but it like I was treading water a little bit." [ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”][ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”] It didn't take long on Day 2 for the two players to play an all-in pot worth more than €40,000. Here’s how it went down.  On the [poker card="Th"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"] flop, Galfond fired a pot-sized bet of €3,599. 'VeniVidi1993' called to see the [poker card="Ac"] land on the turn. Galfond bet €2,699.25 and 'VeniVidi1993' raised all in for €14,700. Galfond called, having his opponent slightly covered, and the cards were revealed. Galfond showed the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"] for top set of aces. 'VeniVidi1993' had the [poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"] for flush and straight draws. The river was the [poker card="Js"] to give Galfond the €40,197 pot. Another big hand came in the form of a pot worth more than €52,000 that involved a preflop four-bet. After 'VeniVidi1993' raised to €600 on the button, Galfond reraised to €1,800 from the big blind. 'VeniVidi1993' then made it €5,400 to go and Galfond called. The flop came down [poker card="Td"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5d"] and Galfond checked. 'VeniVidi1993' bet the full pot for €10,799 and Galfond raised all in for €20,610.15. 'VeniVidi1993' called with the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="4d"]. Galfond had the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Th"]. The turn was the [poker card="Qh"] and the river was the [poker card="3h"] to give Galfond the €52,019.30 pot. Galfond also lost a big €54,281 pot to 'VeniVidi1993' when his aces lost to a flush. Galfond started the action with a raise to €600 on the button and 'VeniVidi1993' responded with a reraise to €1,800. Galfond then made it €5,400, and 'VeniVidi1993' called to see the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="2d"] flop. 'VeniVidi1993' took his time and then led out with a pot-size bet of €10,799. Galfond raised to €21,598, 'VeniVidi1993' went all in for €21,741.01, and Galfond called. The cards were turned up to show Galfond’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="4d"] up against the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="Td"][poker card="7c"] of ‘VeniVidi1993.’ The [poker card="Jd"] turn and [poker card="9h"] river allowed ‘VeniVidi1993’ to finish with a diamond flush and give him the victory on this hand. 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 - - - - Total 1,370 VeniVidi1993 €69,957.42 If Galfond Wins, Everyone Wins During the Galfond Challenge, Run It Once Poker players have a chance to added rewards. Through Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Winnings' promotion, every player on Run It Once Poker has the chance to win on any day that Galfond wins in the challenge. During the first two weeks of the Galfond Challenge, on any day when Galfond is profitable in a match, Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Pot' promotion will be doubled. For more information, including how you can sign up for Run It Once Poker, check out PocketFives' dedicated page for the site. What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? With 1,370 hands completed, the two sides still have a long way to go. 'VeniVidi1993' remains in the early lead having won a total of €73,556.41 over the first two days, but Galfond can make that up in one of two big pots. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' plan to resume play on Friday, January 24, at 11 a.m. ET. The play will once again be streamed on the Run It Once Poker Twitch channel. Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  12. 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 Once Poker and the stream kicked off shortly after 11 a.m. ET. Play lasted about four hours, which was enough time for Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' to complete 655 hands across two tables o €100-€200 heads-up PLO on Run It Once Poker. In addition to the money at stake on the virtual felt, Galfond has put up €200,000 to the €100,000 of 'VeniVidi1993' in side action. The player who comes out on top over the course of the 25,000 hands will win the side bet. "I think he played kind of similarly to what I expected, but I didn’t have very clear expectations," Galfond said of his opponent, 'VeniVidi1993.' "He played very well. What I was looking forward to today, honestly, coming back from not doing this for awhile, I was looking to not feel lost, essentially. That was kind of the scary outcome. That I get in there and it’s too fast and furious and I just feel like I’m lost. I didn’t feel lost, so I’m optimistic. Going forward, I think that the way that I play I can get stronger as we go." The first big pot came fairly early in the match, and it involved the two sides getting all the money in on the flop to create a €47,791.32 pot. 'VeniVidi1993' opened up the action with a raise to €600 on the button. Galfond kicked it up to €1,800 and then 'VeniVidi1993' came back with a four-bet to €5,400. Galfond called and the flop came down [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="2s"]. Galfond checked and 'VeniVidi1993' fired a pot-sized bet of €10,799. 'VeniVidi1993' had €7,697.16 behind and Galfond had him covered. Galfond moved all in and 'VeniVidi1993' called with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ac"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5c"]. Galfond had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"]. The turn was the [poker card="9h"] and river the [poker card="Td"] to give Galfond the winning hand with two pair, kings and tens. This pot was worth €47,791.32 and 'VeniVidi1993' was forced to reload. There was plenty of action back and forth, including another big hand that involved 'VeniVidi1993' flopping quads and a €39,793.50 pot. With a board reading [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Js"][poker card="5s"][poker card="8h"] and the pot sitting at €10,797, 'VeniVidi1993' checked to Galfond, who bet €5,398.50. 'VeniVidi1993' called the the river brought the [poker card="3d"]. Action was checked to Galfond again, and he fired all in, covering the €9,099.75 stack of 'VeniVidi1993.' 'VeniVidi1993' quickly called with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="Jh"], having flopped quads jacks. Galfond had flopped a big one himself, holding the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Th"][poker card="5h"][poker card="5d"] for a flopped full house. 'VeniVidi1993' would win this one, though, and the €39,793.50 pot was shipped his way. This next hand we'll recap involved 'VeniVidi1993' getting the best of Galfond in a pot worth €54,381. This time, it was the full house, sixes full of fives, for 'VeniVidi1993' beating Galfond's full house with fives full of aces. Preflop, Galfond raised to €600 on the button and 'VeniVidi1993' called. The [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="6h"] flop came out and 'VeniVidi1993' check-called a bet of €799.33 from Galfond. The turn was the [poker card="5d"] and 'VeniVidi1993' check-called another bet from Galfond, this time for €2,797.66. After the river completed the board with the [poker card="5h"], 'VeniVidi1993' checked, Galfond fired €8,392.98, and 'VeniVidi1993' check-raised the full pot to €33,571.92, which was enough to put Galfond all in. Galfond had €14,600.53 behind and called with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5c"], but his hand was no good against the [poker card="As"][poker card="6s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2s"] for 'VeniVidi1993.' Another pot that helped 'VeniVidi1993' to finish the first day with the lead in the match came in the form of a cooler when both players made full houses. On the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="6c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6d"] board, the pot sat at €13,993. Galfond was first to act and fired a full pot-size bet from his stack of €18,492.75. 'VeniVidi1993,' who was sitting on a stack of €20,398.83 behind, raised all in. Galfond called off his remaining €4,499.75 with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="6s"] for a full house. Galfond also had a six which meant he had a blocker to 'VeniVidi1993' having quads. 'VeniVidi1993' didn’t have quads, but he still had Galfond beat, showing the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2c"] for a better full house - queens full of sevens. The pot was worth more than €50,000 and went over the 'VeniVidi1993.' Challenge Results To Date Hands Played Daily Winner Amount Won Day 1 (Jan. 22) 655 VeniVidi1993 €72,527.68 If Galfond Wins, Everyone Wins During the Galfond Challenge, Run It Once Poker players have a chance to added rewards. Through Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Winnings' promotion, every player on Run It Once Poker has the chance to win on any day that Galfond wins in the challenge. During the first two weeks of the Galfond Challenge, on any day when Galfond is profitable in a match, Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Pot' promotion will be doubled. For more information, including how you can sign up for Run It Once Poker, check out PocketFives' dedicated page for the site. What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? The battle between Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' is far from over. With 655 hands complete, this match is just 2.6% done. We got to witness a lot of big pots on the first day and can only imagine the action picks up as Galfond gets more of his comfortability back. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' plan to resume play on Thursday, January 23, at 11 a.m. ET. The play will once again be streamed on the Run It Once Poker Twitch channel. Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  13. 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 at limits most of us can only dream about. After he conquered that, Galfond took on the even greater challenge of starting a brand new online poker site, Run It Once Poker, in the post-Black Friday world. Although his latest challenge is far from complete, it hasn't stopped Galfond from dusting off the high-stakes boxing gloves and getting back into the ring. Recently, Galfond challenged the poker world to high-stakes, heads-up poker. He called out coaches not part of the Run It Once team and everyone else who wanted to battle. "The idea came together in a few stages," Galfond said. "First, I noticed that my RunItOnce.com video views were dropping, and I thought to myself, 'Well, that makes sense - I don't play much anymore so they probably don't think I have much to teach them.' I felt that I still had a lot to teach people and, moreover, that the way they're being taught elsewhere can in some ways be detrimental to their development, so I came up with the idea initially to 'prove' that to them. This is when I came up with the coach challenge of 3-1 odds on a 50,000-hand match. "After running that by some of the team, a couple of things became clear. First, that it was unlikely a coach would take me up on that. Second, that this could also be a great promotion for Run It Once Poker. From there, it turned into the more open challenge that you've seen." The Challenges Galfond now has at least six matches lined up to start and plans to start this month, with the possibility of more challengers to come. The players he’ll be taking on are Bill Perkins, Brandon Adams, Chance Kornuth, Dan 'Jungleman' Cates, and two online poker players known as 'ActionFreak' and 'VeniVidi1993.' "I've missed it so, so much," Galfond said when asked if he misses playing poker as much as he used to. "I love playing, and I have absolutely been less fulfilled, professionally-speaking, since I stopped playing full-time. I can't wait to play again." All of these 'Galfond Challenges,' as they’re being called, will be played in Pot Limit Omaha, across various stakes and a set number of hands. Not only will the two sides be battling to win each other’s money, but there are side bets involved with huge sums of money on the line. Against Perkins, the two will be playing €100-€200 PLO over 50,000 hands and there is a $400,000 stop-loss in place. Galfond is laying 4-1 odds to Perkins, with his $800,000 on the line against Perkins’ $200,000. The match against Adams will be $100-$200 PLO and played in a live setting. Instead of playing a set number of hands, the two will play for 40 hours. Galfond has put up $150,000 to the $100,000 of Adams. For the duel against Kornuth, Galfond has the most side action on the line. The two will play 25,000 hands of €100-€200 PLO, with Galfond risking €1 million on the side to Kornuth’s €250,000. Against Cates, Galfond will play 7,500 hands at €100-€200 PLO, but the side action has still yet to be determined. Galfond will then play €150-€300 PLO for 15,000 hands against 'ActionFreak' and €100-€200 PLO against 'VeniVidi1993' for 25,000 hands. Against 'ActionFreak,' Galfond is wagering €150,000 to his opponent's €100,000. Against 'VeniVidi1993,' it's Galfond's €200,000 on the line against the €100,000 for 'VeniVidi1993.' "Losing to Chance or Bill Perkins and the Thirst Lounge will be the most costly, but I'd say I expect 'Jungleman' and 'ActionFreak' to be my toughest opponents," Galfond said. "I also think that a longer match is favorable to my skill set as a player, and 'Jungleman's' is the shortest, so I guess that's the one I feel I'm most likely to lose." All told, Galfond has around $2.4 million in side action on the line from these six matches already lined up. That’s in addition to whatever is at stake from playing the matches themselves. He’s giving 4-1 odds to Perkins and Kornuth, but then he’s playing for even side action against 'ActionFreak.' If he wins all of these matches, Galfond will win around $850,000 in side action. "In short, I think I laid odds appropriately for the most part," Galfond said. "Some of my challenges are at 1-1 odds - I'm less confident in those ones." Preparing for Battle Galfond told PocketFives that he had planned to study for these matches a lot but hasn’t had as much time as he had hoped. He has enlisted the help of some friends to learn how to use solvers, which he said was "long overdue for a high-stakes player like myself". But, time is running out and the challenges will be here very soon. "I'm trying to focus on areas where I'm playing the furthest from optimal and figuring out why that is - what I'm missing," Galfond said. Much like you see boxers make in-fight adjustments on the fly or in between rounds, Galfond knows there’s only so much he can do ahead of time to prepare and that he has to be willing to adapt throughout. It’s these in-game adjustments that Galfond’s views as a strength that he’ll look to lean on during the matches. "For the most part, I've always had a lot of success heads-up," he said. "I believe I do a very good job of adjusting to individual opponents, which is why I'm excited about some of the longer matches. I plan to spend a good amount of time breaking down my opponents in between sessions." He’ll also be juggling family life and work life in the middle of all of this. Galfond said he’s worked on a schedule with his wife, Farah, that should allow him to maintain a good balance. He also plans to take a step back from his Run It Once work while the challenges are running and is confident his team is well prepared to handle everything. "I'm going to try to take a step back from Run It Once work over the course of the challenges," Galfond said. "It remains to be seen if I can do that, but I think that realistically, the best thing I can do for the company is to go out there and be Phil the poker player and brand ambassador. We've got a fantastic team who can make decisions just as well as I can, but I'm the only one who can play the Galfond Challenges." The Stakes Galfond challenged the entire poker world after being away from playing full-time, he’s short on time to prepare, and there’s a lot of money on the line. Whenever someone puts him or herself out there like this, there’s going to be pressure. Additionally, the two challenges within the overall challenge present their own unique pressures. In one arena, Galfond challenged "anyone who currently makes training videos for a site other than Run It Once." As the person who built Run It Once into the premier poker training site that it is today, Galfond has, to some extent, risked the reputation of Run It Once. Is it really the best training site out there if a coach from a competitor takes down the commander-in-chief? In another arena where he challenged everyone else, Galfond has his own reputation as a poker player on the line. He joked that he was a “washed-up ex-pro” in his message to the poker world, but what if he really is washed-up? "If I had gotten more coaches to take me up on the coach challenge, I'd feel a lot more pressure,” Galfond said. "Chance is the only coach who took me up on it, and I ended up having to lay a bigger price for fewer hands. I'd say this is the only match that I feel reputational pressure to win - I'm playing on behalf of Run It Once Training. "The rest of the matches, I don't really think my result has much of an impact on RIO or my personal reputation. If I win or lose them all, sure, but if I beat Perkins, Chance, and ActionFreak and I lose to 'Jungleman,' Brandon Adams, and 'VeniVidi,' for example, I don't think people will view me much differently than they do now. "The dollar amounts are certainly high, especially in the long-odds matches. If I get swept, it's going to be very painful." It’s easy to understand how excited Galfond is about the challenges - how excited he is to get back into the ring with some very good poker players and have a lot at stake. He’s also hopeful that the challenges will lead to increased visibility for Run It Once Poker, especially once people get a peek at the fun, cutting-edge software Galfond and his team have built and are continuing to improve upon. Run It Once Poker and one of the sponsors of the challenge, MuchBetter, will be running multiple promotions throughout the challenge that give players a rooting interest in Galfond connected to their play on the site. Will the challenges lead to more traffic more Run It Once Poker? That’s "unclear," as Galfond put it. Will he be doing his damnedest to make it happen? You better believe it.
  14. 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 so, Galfond battled back in a big way to only end up down €100,993.30. It’s still a sizable loss and one that added to the lead of ‘VeniVidi1993’ in a big way, but Galfond and his supporters have a positive takeaway that the loss wasn’t nearly as bad as it looked like it was going to be. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] The first hand we’ll look at from Monday’s play came shortly after play kicked off. Galfond was up five figures at the time, but this pot set him back after he got stacked by ‘VeniVidi1993.’ in a €43,673.98 hand.  ‘VeniVidi1993’ opened the action with a raise to €600, Galfond reraised to €1,800, and then ‘VeniVidi1993’ kicked it up to €5,400. Galfond called and the two took a [poker card="Jh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="2d"] flop. Galfond checked and ‘VeniVidi1993’ fired €10,799 for a pot-sized wager. Galfond raised all in for €16,437.49 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ called. Galfond showed the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="5d"] and was up against the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="7s"] for ‘VeniVidi1993.’ The turn was the [poker card="6h"] and river the [poker card="2c"] to give ‘VeniVidi1993’ the pot. Not too long after, the two played another pot of more than €40,000. Only this time, the money went in on the turn instead of on the flop.  With €1,199 in the middle on the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="4c"] flop, Galfond checked, ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €803.33, and Galfond raised to €2,206.16. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called to see the [poker card="2h"] land on fourth street. Galfond checked, ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €5,611.32, and Galfond check-raised for a second consecutive street, this time to €18,203.67 and was all in. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called. ‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="7h"] and Galfond had the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4h"]. Galfond had flopped a set of fours and improved to jacks full of fours with the river coming the [poker card="Jc"]. This gave Galfond the €42,018.66 pot. The next hand was another good one for Galfond. Only on this one, he went to showdown after flopping quads but ‘VeniVidi1993’ didn’t bite on the river.  On the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="3d"] flop, Galfond bet €600 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €3,047.49. Galfond called and the turn was the [poker card="Qh"]. Both players checked and the [poker card="Qs"] paired the board for a second time on the river. Galfond checked again, but ‘VeniVidi1993’ didn’t go for a bet and just checked behind. Galfond had the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="4h"] for flopped quads and pulled in the €9,693.98 pot. Later in the match, Galfond tried a bluff holding a flush blocker but it didn’t work out.  With nearly €5,400 in the middle on the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"] board, ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked and Galfond bet the full pot of €5,398.50. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called and the river was the [poker card="Td"]. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked and Galfond fired another pot-sized bet, this time for €16,195.50. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call. Galfond showed the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2h"], but it was the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"] for ‘VeniVidi1993’ that was best. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had a jack-high diamond flush and pulled in the €48,586.50 pot. Another €39,999 pot that took place was the following one, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ scooped it with another jack-high flush.  Galfond had raised from the button to €600, ‘VeniVidi1993’ reraised to €1,800, and Galfond called to see the [poker card="7h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2s"] flop. ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €3,599 and Galfond raised to €14,396. ‘VeniVidi1993’ stuck all the money in to set Galfond, who had just €3,804 behind, all in. Galfond called. ‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Js"][poker card="9s"] and Galfond had the [poker card="6d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"]. The [poker card="7s"] on the turn gave ‘VeniVidi1993’ a spade flush, then the [poker card="4d"] completed the board on the river and ‘VeniVidi1993’ won the hand. The next hand is a good example of how things have been going for Galfond. We’ve recapped lots of all-in pots that he’s lost, earlier in this article we reviewed a hand in which he flopped quads and couldn’t get ‘VeniVidi1993’ to bite, and now we’ll show you a hand where Galfond couldn’t call on the river despite having abut 85% of his chips committed to the pot.  On the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Th"][poker card="Td"][poker card="2c"][poker card="8s"] board, there was €5,598 in the middle. Galfond checked and ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €2,854.98. Galfond check-raised to €14,162.94 and left himself with €3,037.56 behind. ‘VeniVidi1993’ reraised to put Galfond all in, to which Galfond responded with a tank-fold. 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 - - - - Total 6,842 VeniVidi1993 €553,516.95   What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Almost 7,000 hands into the match against 'VeniVidi1993,' Galfond is down more than half a million dollars. The match is now more than 27% of the way complete and things don't look good for Galfond in terms of his ability to win the side bet action, which has Galfond's €200,000 up against the €100,000 for 'VeniVidi1993.' The next time these two will play is on Tuesday, February 4, starting at 11 a.m. ET. Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  15. 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 the first eight sessions are -€54,977.14 per session, -€7,716.09 per 100 hands, and -38.58 big blinds per 100 hands. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] As a reminder, Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' are set to play 25,000 hands of €100-€200 PLO, buying in for €20,000 starting stacks each time they play. There is an agreement to reset stack sizes a few times during each session, and at any point one side can quit the match. At the end of the 25,000 hands, or when one side quits, there will be side betting action that will be settled. Galfond is risking €200,000 that he’ll be up over 25,000 hands, and 'VeniVidi1993' is risking €100,000 that he’ll be up when it’s all said and done. The amounts differ because Galfond offered 2-1 odds on the side bet. Through the first couple hundred hands on Friday, Galfond was down more than two buy-ins. Things got worse for him with the following hand, when 'VeniVidi1993' made a diamond flush in a pot worth more than €40,000.  With €3,599 in the middle on the [poker card="Jc"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3c"] flop, Galfond checked and 'VeniVidi1993' bet €1,835.49. Galfond put in a check-raise to €5,400, and 'VeniVidi1993' came back with an all-in shove for €18,598 total. Galfond called. When the cards flipped up, Galfond showed the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ac"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4d"]. 'VeniVidi1993' had the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"]. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and river the [poker card="Ad"]. Galfond made trip aces on the river, but the same card gave 'VeniVidi1993' a diamond flush, so he won the €40,795 pot. Shortly after that, Galfond was able to win a pot of more than €40,000 to pull some back.  With €5,398.50 in the middle on the paired board of [poker card="Tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="Ts"], 'VeniVidi1993' bet €4,048.88 and Galfond called. The river was the [poker card="4h"] and 'VeniVidi1993' bet the full pot for €13,496.26. That was enough to cover Galfond, who had €13,351.37 left. Galfond quickly called with the [poker card="Th"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"] for top full house. 'VeniVidi1993' showed the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6h"] and the pot, worth €40,199, was shipped Galfond's way. Although this next hand didn't go to showdown, it was another sizable pot that went the way of 'VeniVidi1993,' who got the job done with a big raise on the river.  After Galfond checked the [poker card="Ts"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"] board, 'VeniVidi1993' fired a pot-sized bet of €2,805.66. Galfond called to see the [poker card="7s"] complete the board on the river. Galfond opted to lead with a pot-sized bet of €8,416.98 and 'VeniVidi1993' fought back with a raise to €33,667.92. Galfond had a little more than €18,000 behind and opted to fold, which gave 'VeniVidi1993' another healthy pot. Later in the match, 'VeniVidi1993' won another pot of more than €40,000, again when the two players got the money in on the flop. Let's take a look.  Galfond raised to €600 on the button and 'VeniVidi1993' reraised to €1,800. Galfond called and the flop came down [poker card="8c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3s"]. 'VeniVidi1993' led with a bet of €3,599 and Galfond raised to €14,396. Galfond had just over €4,000 behind and 'VeniVidi1993' put him all in. Galfond called to create a pot worth €40,522.56. Galfond had the [poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"]. He was up against the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="Td"][poker card="9d"] for 'VeniVidi1993.' The turn was the [poker card="Qs"] and the river was the [poker card="Qc"]. With two pair, aces and queens, 'VeniVidi1993' was awarded the pot. 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 - - - - Total 5,700 VeniVidi1993 €439,817.14 If Galfond Wins, Everyone Wins During the Galfond Challenge, Run It Once Poker players have a chance to added rewards. Through Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Winnings' promotion, every player on Run It Once Poker has the chance to win on any day that Galfond wins in the challenge. During the first two weeks of the Galfond Challenge, on any day when Galfond is profitable in a match, Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Pot' promotion will be doubled. For more information, including how you can sign up for Run It Once Poker, check out PocketFives' dedicated page for the site. What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Eight sessions and 5,700 hands are in the books for this first match of the Galfond Challenge. On Saturday, Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' will be back for more, starting at 11 a.m. ET for the ninth day. Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  16. Phil Galfond is now down €327,003.33 to 'VeniVidi1993' in the first match of the 'Galfond Challenge.' After taking a break on Sunday, the two resumed action on Run It Once Poker on Monday and played 726 hands of €100-€200 PLO. 'VeniVidi1993' came into the day up €171,939.81, and he just about doubled that lead with a €155,063.52 winning session. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' are slated to play 25,000 hands of €100-€200 PLO. They're 3,234 hands into the battle and 'VeniVidi1993' has a substantial lead. With each buy-in being €20,000, 'VeniVidi1993' is up more than 16 buy-ins through 12.9% of the hands played. In addition to the money won or lost on the virtual felt, Galfond is betting €200,000 to the €100,000 of 'VeniVidi1993' in side action. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] To give you an idea of how the day went, let’s take a look at some of the highlights. We’ll start with the following pot of more than €41,000 where Galfond couldn’t push 'VeniVidi1993' off a flush.  With €5,611.32 in the middle on a final board of [poker card="Th"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="6s"], Galfond checked and 'VeniVidi1993' fired a full pot-sized bet of €5,611.32. Galfond check-raised to €17,992.84 and was all in. 'VeniVidi1993' called with the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="9s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4d"] for a king-high flush in spades. Galfond had the ace of spades with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="5c"], but the €41,597 pot was shipped to 'VeniVidi1993.' Another hand that didn’t go Galfond's way involved him making the nut flush on a paired board and running into the full house of 'VeniVidi1993.' This pot was worth more than €43,000.  The board was [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="3c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2d"] and Galfond bet €9,693.98 into a pot of the same amount. He had €7,256.03 behind and 'VeniVidi1993' put him all in. Galfond called with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="Js"][poker card="2s"] and 'VeniVidi1993' had the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="2c"] for kings full of sixes. That gave 'VeniVidi1993' the €43,594 pot. A third hand that went the way of 'VeniVidi1993' was worth €39,999. It saw 'VeniVidi1993' win with a set of jacks against Galfond’s bluff.  On the board of [poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="Js"][poker card="6c"], the pot was €10,797. 'VeniVidi1993' bet €3,200 and Galfond raised all in to €14,601. 'VeniVidi1993' called with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="9s"] for a set of jacks. Galfond had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Td"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5s"] and lost the pot. 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 - - - - Total 3,234 VeniVidi1993 €327,003.33 If Galfond Wins, Everyone Wins During the Galfond Challenge, Run It Once Poker players have a chance to added rewards. Through Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Winnings' promotion, every player on Run It Once Poker has the chance to win on any day that Galfond wins in the challenge. During the first two weeks of the Galfond Challenge, on any day when Galfond is profitable in a match, Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Pot' promotion will be doubled. For more information, including how you can sign up for Run It Once Poker, check out PocketFives' dedicated page for the site. What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Another 726 hands were played on Monday, so Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' are now 3,234 hands through their 25,000-hand match. 'VeniVidi1993' extended his lead in a big way, but this one is still far from over. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' will be back on Tuesday, January 28, at 11 a.m. ET for more €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker. Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  17. Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' played another 703 hands of their 25,000-hand 'Galfond Challenge' match on Tuesday, grinding out €100-€200 heads-up PLO on Run It Once Poker. The result was another losing day for Galfond, but it was about as small of a loss as one could have, with 'VeniVidi1993' winning just €13.31 on the session. With nearly 4,000 hands played - 3,937 to be exact - Joe Stapleton asked Galfond after Tuesday’s session was over how significant the volume is. Galfond said that it’s still not that significant and wouldn't be until about 20,000-50,000 hands are played. Galfond also referred to the current losing pace as an "unlucky" and "pretty improbable" run. "I shouldn't be losing that much per hand, even if I'm outclassed badly," Galfond said. Adding in the the €13.31 loss from Tuesday, the current state of this Galfond Challenge match sees 'VeniVidi1993' up €327,016.64. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Galfond said that when he’s been playing against 'VeniVidi1993' that he has a "rough idea" of the current results but that's about it. Other than having an idea of where he stands, he’s not tracking the progress in real time, he said. He did joke that on Monday he kept closer tabs on things because he kept running out of money in his account and would need to reload. In addition to any money one or lost on the Run It Once Poker virtual felt, Galfond is risking €200,000 in side action against the €100,000 of 'VeniVidi1993.' While that may not be news to you, Galfond did peel back the curtain as to what would happen if one side wanted to quit. Galfond said that either side can quit at any time. If they do, they simply forfeit the side action. Right now, if Galfond wanted to call it quits, he would lose the €200,000 side bet in addition to the €327,016.64 he’s already down and be down a total of €527,016.64. If 'VeniVidi1993' wanted to quit, he would have to pay Galfond the €100,000 side bet but he’d keep the €327,016.64 he’s up on the match, so he’d net out a positive return of €227,016.64. Once again, there were some very big hands to take place, including the following pot worth more than €80,000. This one went the way of Galfond.  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"] for a seven-high straight after flopping top set of jacks. Galfond had the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8d"] for a jack-high straight, though, and he scooped the €81,896.68 pot. For most of the match, Galfond was down in the range of €15,000-€30,000, but there were times when he was ahead and then he really started to close the gap ‘VeniVidi1993’ had opened back up towards the end of the session. In fact, Galfond won the very last hand these two played on Tuesday that pulled him just about even on the session. Here’s how it went down.  With €10,799 and a flop of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"] on the table and the other table done playing, both players checked the flop to see the [poker card="9d"] land on the turn. Galfond fired a pot-sized bet of €10,799 and 'VeniVidi1993' folded to give Galfond the pot. 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 - - - - Total 3,937 VeniVidi1993 €327,016.64 If Galfond Wins, Everyone Wins During the Galfond Challenge, Run It Once Poker players have a chance to added rewards. Through Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Winnings' promotion, every player on Run It Once Poker has the chance to win on any day that Galfond wins in the challenge. During the first two weeks of the Galfond Challenge, on any day when Galfond is profitable in a match, Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Pot' promotion will be doubled. For more information, including how you can sign up for Run It Once Poker, check out PocketFives' dedicated page for the site. What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? With 3,937 hands played, Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' have completed 15.7% of the challenge. They've got 21,063 hands to go and Galfond is in a bit of a hole to climb out of. Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' will be back on Thursday, January 30, at 11 a.m. ET for more €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker. Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  18. Saturday marked another day of action in the 'Galfond Challenge' between Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993.' The two battled at €100-€200 heads-up Pot Limit Omaha on Run It Once Poker for another four hours, with 'VeniVidi1993' winning €17,544.87 on the 581-hand session. 'VeniVidi1993' is now up €171,939.81 in the 2,508 hands that he's played against Galfond. 'VeniVidi1993' has booked a winning session on three of four days played between the two competitors. The only loss that 'VeniVidi1993' suffered was on Day 2 and it was a small loss of €2,615.26. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] The story of the fourth day of action was the final 30 minutes or so of play. That's when the action really ramped up and the chips were flying. The two picked up the pace quite a bit from the speed at which they had been playing to that point, and there were a handful of big pots that swung one way or the other. Galfond spoke about the final portion of play after the session was done. He referred to it as a "wild one" and said it was partly because both the cards being dealt helped create action and the two players had gotten more comfortable playing big pots. "I think probably both of us were playing a little bit more aggressively in the end than we were throughout, but it started, I think, just because of the cards," Galfond said to Joe Stapleton on the Run It Once Poker Twitch stream. Regarding the pace of play picking up from both players, Galfond said it was likely because the two were getting a bit tired. He also said that he would grade his play on Saturday a little better than the C grade he gave himself on Friday. "I guess I'd give myself a B minus today," Galfond said. "I had I think some really strong moments and some very weak moments, so I think maybe as many mistakes as I made yesterday but also some more good reads." Stapleton asked Galfond what he thought it would take to lessen the mistakes and generally play better, to which Galfond responded that it's likely going to take a little bit more time as he continues to work the rust off after not playing high-stakes online poker in extended sessions for quite some time. Now, let's get to a few of the hands that were played on Saturday. At one point in the final 30 minutes of the match, there was a series of bigger pots that were played that showcased how much the chips were flying. Not all of the hands went to showdown, the money trading sides was on the larger side. Here's a look at three hands that took place in quick succession. To start the first, Galfond was on the button and raised to €600. 'VeniVidi1993' reraised to €1,800 and Galfond called. The flop was [poker card="Ks"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4s] and 'VeniVidi1993' bet €1,835.49. Galfond called and the turn was the [poker card="4d"] to pair the board. On the turn, 'VeniVidi1993' checked and Galfond fired a pot-sized bet of €7,269.98. 'VeniVidi1993' raised to €29,079.92 and Galfond folded. On the next hand at the same table, 'VeniVidi1993' raised to €600 on the button and Galfond called to take the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5h"] flop. Both players checked to see the [poker card="4h"] come on the turn. Galfond led the turn for €1,199 and 'VeniVidi1993' raised to €4,796. Galfond called and the river was the [poker card="6s"]. Galfond checked and 'VeniVidi1993' wagered €5,503.41. Galfond called with the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="Td"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"] for a straight, beating the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Qh"][poker card="Th"][poker card="7d"] of 'VeniVidi1993.' At the other table, 'VeniVidi1993' had raised to €600 and Galfond reraised to €1,800. 'VeniVidi1993' called and the [poker card="7d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2h"] flop came down. 'VeniVidi1993' bet €1,835.49 after Galfond checked, and Galfond called. The turn was the [poker card="Td"] and Galfond checked. 'VeniVidi1993' fired €7,269.98 and Galfond called to create a €21,809.94 pot. The river was the [poker card="3c"] and Galfond check-folded to a pot-sized bet of €21,809.94. Another big pot that took place during Saturday's session was the following €55,983.66 pot. Even though he lost on the session, this pot went Galfond's way.  Galfond had opened the action with a raise to €600 on the button. 'VeniVidi1993' reraised to €1,800 and Galfond called. The flop came down [poker card="Ks"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2s"] and 'VeniVidi1993' bet €1,835.49. Galfond called and the [poker card="Qh"] landed on the turn. 'VeniVidi1993' bet the full pot for €7,269.98 and Galfond raised to €29,079.92. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called all in for €24,356.84 with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Js"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3d"]. Galfond had the [poker card="9h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4c"]. The river was the [poker card="8d"] to give Galfond the pot. Galfond also lost the following pot worth €32,391 when he tried to bluff 'VeniVidi1993' with a pot-sized bet on the river but 'VeniVidi1993' made the call with a set of jacks.  Galfond started the hand with a raise to €600, then 'VeniVidi1993' reraised to €1,800. Galfond called and the flop was [poker card="Jh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"]. Both players checked and the turn was the [poker card="5c"]. 'VeniVidi1993' again checked on the turn and Galfond fired €3,599. 'VeniVidi1993' called to see the [poker card="Kh"] complete the board on the river. 'VeniVidi1993' checked, Galfond fired €10,797, and 'VeniVidi1993' called with the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8s"]. Galfond had tried to bluff with the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2h"] and lost the pot. 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 - - - - Total 2,508 VeniVidi1993 €171,939.81 If Galfond Wins, Everyone Wins During the Galfond Challenge, Run It Once Poker players have a chance to added rewards. Through Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Winnings' promotion, every player on Run It Once Poker has the chance to win on any day that Galfond wins in the challenge. During the first two weeks of the Galfond Challenge, on any day when Galfond is profitable in a match, Run It Once Poker's 'Splash the Pot' promotion will be doubled. For more information, including how you can sign up for Run It Once Poker, check out PocketFives' dedicated page for the site. What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? With Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' just over 10% of the way through the challenge, they'll take Sunday, January 26, off from playing and resume action on Monday, January 27. They're playing at a pace of about 625 hands per day, so there's plenty more sessions to come between the two. We can likely expect the players to increase the number of tables they're playing. So far, Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' have only played two tables at a time, but they could bump that up to three or four. At the end of the 25,000 hands, if 'VeniVidi1993' is leading, he'll win the additional €200,000 side bet from Galfond. If Galfond is leading, he'll win the additional €100,000 side bet from 'VeniVidi1993.' Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  19. 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 not looking good for Galfond. Friday marked the 13th session between these two players, and Galfond has averaged a loss of €57,628 in those 13 sessions. Per 100 hands, Galfond is losing at a rate of $8,636 and 43.18 big blinds. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Just a few dozen hands in, Galfond lost the following pot of more than €32,000 to start the slide.  On the [poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2d"] board, ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked, Galfond fired a pot-sized bet of €3,599, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €14,396. Galfond called and the river was the [poker card="Kh"]. Both players opted to check and it was the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="Td"][poker card="8d"] that won the €32,391 pot for ‘VeniVidi1993.’ At right around 100 hands played on the day, Galfond lost the following pot worth more than €40,000 after he was picked off on the river by ‘VeniVidi1993.’  There was €16,195.50 in the middle on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="7d"] board. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked to Galfond, and Galfond fired all in for €12,001.75. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call with the [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] for trip jacks with a ten kicker. Galfond had the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2s"] for two pair and lost the €40,199 pot. Not long after that loss, Galfond was on the bad end of another one, and this time it was full house over full house.  With €1,199 in the middle on the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="Th"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="3d"] board, Galfond checked and ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €611.49. Galfond called and the 6h completed the board on the river. ‘VeniVidi1993’ led with a pot-sized bet of €2,421.98 and Galfond raised to €9,687.92. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="Tc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3c"] for a full house, tens over threes. Galfond also had a full house, but it was an inferior one with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"] for sixes over tens. The pot wasn’t the biggest we’ve seen, but it was still worth nearly €22,000 and it went the way of ‘VeniVidi1993.’ The following hand provides a good example of how Galfond is running in some spots. ‘VeniVidi1993’ didn’t have a monster holding, nor was it was monster pot at €14,397, but it’s a good example of how things have been going.  With €7,198.50 in the middle on the [poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="As"] board, Galfond bet €3,599.25 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call. Galfond showed the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Th"][poker card="9d"] for a pair of busted flush draws. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="4s"] for two pair, aces and sevens, and won the pot. It was more run bad for Galfond on this next hand, despite flopping top set on a board that didn’t contain any immediate flush draws. The money went in on the flop and Galfond lost a pot of more than €47,000.  With €3,599 in the middle on the [poker card="Qc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4d"] board, ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €6,298.25 after Galfond bet €899.75. Galfond fired back with an all-in reraise to €21,708.37 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call. ‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4h"] and Galfond had the [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="Js"][poker card="Th"]. The turn was the [poker card="6h"] to give ‘VeniVidi1993’ a straight, and then the [poker card="Td"] completed the board. ‘VeniVidi1993’ won with a straight and pulled in the €47,015.74 pot. A bit later in the session, Galfond got his money in holding aces but it didn’t work out.  In preflop action, ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €600, Galfond made it €1,800, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ called. The flop was [poker card="8h"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2d"] and Galfond led with a bet of €3,599. ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €14,396 and Galfond reraised all in for €18,799 total. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called to create a pot of €41,197. ‘VeniVidi1993’ shows the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"] and Galfond had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="As"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3h"]. The turn was the [poker card="Tc"] and the river was the [poker card="Kh"]. ‘VeniVidi1993’ finished with two pair, kings and aces, to beat Galfond’s aces and win the pot. Not too long before the day’s session came to a close, ‘VeniVidi1993’ scored another pot of €39,999 off Galfond. Here’s how it went down.  Galfond started the action with a preflop raise to €600, then ‘VeniVidi1993’ reraised to €1,800. Galfond called and the flop was [poker card="Td"][poker card="9h"][poker card="2h"]. ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €3,599 and Galfond raised to €14,396. Galfond had €3,804 behind and ‘VeniVidi1993’ reraised enough to put him all in. Galfond called and the cards were shown. Galfond had the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="9c"][poker card="8d"] for top two pair. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="Js"][poker card="3s"]. The turn was the [poker card="6s"] and then the river was the [poker card="Qd"]. With that river, ‘VeniVidi1993’ made a king-high straight and won the pot. 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 - - - - Total 8,675 VeniVidi1993 €749,173.10   What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' are planned to resume play on Saturday, February 8, starting at 11 a.m. ET. Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  20. 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,’ and Galfond has now lost at averages of €51,742.21 per session, €7,505.79 per 100 hands, and 37.53 big blinds per 100 hands. Galfond’s 25,000-hand match against ‘VeniVidi1993’ is now 7,583 hands complete. If these averages keep up, Galfond is on pace to lose more than €1.8 million to ‘VeniVidi1993.’ [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Tuesday’s session went similar to Monday’s, in that Galfond was getting beat much worse than where he finished the day. On Monday, Galfond was down more than €170,000 at some points, but he battled back to finish down just over €100,000. On Tuesday, Galfond was done more than €60,000 at some points, but he battled back to finish down just €15,647.36. One of the interesting elements of the Galfond Challenge against ‘VeniVidi1993’ is that the players have the option to reset the stack sizes to original buy-in amounts of €20,000 each. According to Galfond, who was asked about the resetting of stacks after Tuesday’s session, the rule is that either player can request a stack reset when the stacks get to 200 big blinds deep. "The technical rule is that when we’re 200 big blinds deep, either player can request and force a table change, but we don’t have to if nobody wants to," Galfond said. "There have been some times when we’re 220 deep on one table and 150 on the other and if he says 'do you want to break these tables?' I just say 'yeah, no problem' because I am actually kind of indifferent to stack size anyways." Galfond said that so far it’s only been ‘VeniVidi1993’ requesting stacks to be reset and that he hasn’t requested one himself. He also added that there are additional rules in place "about everything" and that the rules are in place so one person isn’t being "unreasonable." For breaks, there are rules for both for the amount of time for each break and the number of breaks allowed, for example. Galfond started the session winning, but then things started to turn for ‘VeniVidi1993.’ One of the pots that helped ‘VeniVidi1993’ get going on Tuesday was the following one worth €39,999 when he made quads.  With €3,599 in the middle on the [poker card="6d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"] flop, ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €899.75 and Galfond raised to €2,600. ‘VeniVidi1993’ came back with a reraise to €7,087.49 and Galfond moved all in. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had €11,112.51 behind and made the call. ‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the [poker card="As"][poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="3c"] and Galfond had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6c"]. The turn was the [poker card="4s"] and the river was the [poker card="3s"]. The river gave ‘VeniVidi1993’ quads threes and won him the pot to double up. Later on, Galfond pulled the following pot of more than €50,000 his way to help get a lead back.  With €7,198 in the middle, the board was [poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"][poker card="Qd"] on the turn. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked, Galfond bet €7,198, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised all in for €21,842.64. Galfond called to create a pot of €50,883.28. Galfond showed the [poker card="Td"][poker card="9h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="2h"] and was up against the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="8h"]. The river was the [poker card="6h"] to give Galfond a full house and the pot of more than €50,000. We already told you about how ‘VeniVidi1993’ made quads on Tuesday, well how about a hand when he made a straight flush?  With €2,797.66 in the middle on the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="6d"][poker card="7s"] board, both players checked to see the [poker card="4d"] land on the river. ‘VeniVidi1993’ led with a bet of €900 and Galfond called. ‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the [poker card="9s"][poker card="8s"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3s"] for a jack-high straight flush and pulled in the pot. It wasn’t the biggest of pots, but it all adds up at the end of the day. About halfway through Tuesday’s session, the two played the following hand that resulted in a €44,000 pot after a four-bet preflop.  ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €600, Galfond reraised to €1,800, and then ‘VeniVidi1993’ reraised to €5,400. Galfond called and the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="8s"][poker card="3c"] came out. After ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €3,600, Galfond raised all in for €16,681.25. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call. ‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] and Galfond had the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4c"]. The turn was the [poker card="7s"] and river the [poker card="Ks"]. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had run out a spade flush and won the €44,161.50 pot. Another highlight from Tuesday’s session includes the following hand that was a bit of a cooler. The good thing for Galfond and his supporters is that the cooler was in his favor.  On the [poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Jd"] board, there was €6,994.16 in the middle and ‘VeniVidi1993’ led with a pot-sized bet. Galfond called and the [poker card="Js"] completed the board on the river. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked, Galfond bet €20,982.48 for the full pot and enough to put ‘VeniVidi1993’ all in. ‘VeniVidi1993,’ who had €12,140.70 left in his stack, made the quick call. Galfond showed the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"] for a full house, jacks full of fours. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="Qs"][poker card="9c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6s"] for his own full house, nines over jacks, but the €45,263.88 pot went Galfond’s way. 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 - - - - Total 7,583 VeniVidi1993 €569,164.31   What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Another off day comes on Wednesday before Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' resume play on Thursday, February 6, starting at 11 a.m. ET. Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  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, I've been practicing, mostly in $25-50 heads-up Zoom pools, against tough competition." [ptable zone=“GG Poker”][ptable zone=“Party Poker NJ”][ptable zone=“Global Poker Article Ad”] Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' are slated to play 25,000 hands of heads-up €100-€200 Pot Limit Omaha on Run It Once Poker. Through 9,927 hands of play, Galfond is down more than €900,000 to his opponent. While that's an astronomical sum to many, it's a downswing that Galfond has experienced before. "In terms of absolute dollar value, it's not anywhere near my biggest [downswing], as I used to play 3-5 times these stakes regularly," Galfond told PocketFives. "In terms of buy-ins, I think it's getting up there, but to be honest I don't know. I've jumped around games and stakes so much during my career that I never kept track of a downswing in terms of buy-ins. I suppose that might mean I haven't had too many bad ones!" In the time off, Galfond has been able to do a lot of thinking on the current challenge, and he's thought about where he would like it to go. As things stand, Galfond is down more than 45 buy-ins to 'VeniVidi1993' and all signs point to him losing the additional €200,000 side bet he put up against the €100,000 of 'VeniVidi1993.' As the match goes forward, Galfond's task is focused on cutting into the deficit some now that he’s regrouped. "I'd like to end around minus €400,000," Galfond said. "Obviously, that's ambitious and there's a lot out of my control, so I'll try to focus on playing my best and keeping my mindset strong." Throughout the play against 'VeniVidi1993,' Galfond has received a ton of support from the poker community. Galfond is certainly viewed as the hero by almost everyone watching. "It has felt great, but to be honest I would much rather they support and rally behind Run It Once Poker than me!" Galfond said. "I've played poker for a decade and a half. I've been through plenty of downswings and I'm going to be just fine no matter the outcome of these challenges. What we're trying to do with Run It Once is much more important than my short-term results at the tables." Despite the hit, Galfond's bankroll has taken from battling with 'VeniVidi1993,' he said the challenge has been performing well on the promotional and marketing side as it pertains to Run It Once Poker. "It's been great for Run It Once so far," Galfond said. "We've got a lot of momentum building in these last few months and traffic has been getting better and better. I'm hopeful that with the challenge continuing, so will the trend. More traffic leads to better experiences for our players, which leads to more traffic, and so on. I'm rooting for that as much as or more than myself in these challenges." Starting with Wednesday's session, the Galfond Challenge against 'VeniVidi1993' is back on. After it's complete, Galfond has a handful of other challengers lined up, including Bill Perkins, Brandon Adams, Chance Kornuth, Dan 'Jungleman' Cates, and high-stakes online poker player 'ActionFreak.' There is even a challenge match on the table against Luke Schwartz, who has been quite vocal on social media, calling Galfond a "washed up nice guy" and saying that "it's clearly time to wave the white flag" about Galfond playing against 'VeniVidi1993.' Galfond said that he plans to play Schwartz as part of the Galfond Challenge, but that the details haven't been ironed out yet. Galfond said the match is likely to take place after the 2020 World Series of Poker. Although the challenge against 'VeniVidi1993' hasn’t gone in his favor, Galfond said that the toughness he has faced has only helped him and should put him in a better position for future challenge matches. "A difficult challenge like this to start has accelerated my learning curve, so I think that balances out the negatives (feeling less confident after losing so consistently)," Galfond said.
  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 €87,940.91 win. He was still very much in the hole, to the tune of €481,223.40, but the win presented a lot of hope for those in his corner. That progress was quickly undone on Friday, though, as Galfond dropped more than three times what he won the day before, losing €267,949.70 to ‘VeniVidi1993’ in what was his worst session loss to date in the Galfond Challenge. Coming into Saturday, Galfond was down €749,173.10. With this latest loss, he’s down even more and on pace to lose more than €2.15 million from the game play alone. If Galfond finishes down to ‘VeniVidi1993,’ he’ll have to fork over an additional €200,000. On average, Galfond is losing €56,974.77 per session, €8,606.46 per 100 hands, and 43.03 big blinds per 100 hands. Galfond actually started Saturday by winning, and got up more than €50,000 in the match. One of the early wins he had came from the following hand.  With €7,198 in the middle on the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="2c"] board, ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked and Galfond bet €4,798.67. ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €21,594.01 and then Galfond went all in for €25,530.70. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call to create a pot of €58,259.40. Galfond showed the [poker card="As"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4h"] for a full house, fours over deuces. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Js"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="9c"]. The river was the [poker card="Td"] and Galfond scooped the pot. A little bit after that, Galfond was caught in an interesting spot on the river.  A [poker card="6c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="7c"] board and €15,999 pot were in the middle. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked and Galfond fired a pot-sized bet of €15,999. ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised all in for €17,873.64, so it was only €1,874.64 for Galfond to call. Galfond tanked for a bit and then eventually made the call with the [poker card="As"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2d"] for a full house. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5c"] for a higher full house and raked in the €51,746.28 pot. One of the biggest pots we’ve seen across the entire Galfond Challenge to date took place on Saturday, and it was a pot worth more than €75,000 in which Galfond was caught bluffing.  The board read [poker card="As"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="Qh"] and there was more than €25,000 already in the pot. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked to Galfond, and Galfond fired a pot-sized bet of €25,178.94. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="Th"][poker card="3s"] for top two pair. Galfond was bluffing with the [poker card="9h"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2h"] and the €75,536.82 pot went the way of ‘VeniVidi1993.’ 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 - - - - Total 9,268 VeniVidi1993 €797,646.83   What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? With 9,268 hands complete, Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' have now battled through 37% of this match. As we mentioned, Galfond has a lot of digging out of the hole to do with 'VeniVidi1993' being up almost €800,000 at this point. The two are planned to resume play on Sunday, February 9, starting at 11 a.m. ET and that's when Galfond will next look to turn the Galfond Challenge around. Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  23. The 17th session of the 'Galfond Challenge' between Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' took place on Thursday, with ‘VeniVidi1993’ booking the latest win. The two passed the 11,000-hand mark and ‘VeniVidi1993’ finished up €21,571.51 on the session. On Thursday, the two played 582 hands of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker. This latest loss brought the total winnings for ‘VeniVidi1993’ up to €738,330.30. Thursday’s winning session for ‘VeniVidi1993’ came just a day after Galfond booked a win of more than €180,000 following the challenge taking a hiatus. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] On Thursday, action went back and forth for the most part. Early on, Galfond won the following hand against ‘VeniVidi1993’ when the two got all the money in on the turn for a pot worth €41,1195.  ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked the [poker card="9h"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="Jc"] board and Galfond wagered a pot-sized bet of €2,797.66. ‘VeniVidi1993’ check-raised to €11,190.64 and then Galfond moved all in. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called off his remaining €8,008.03 with the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3s"] and Galfond had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qs"][poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"]. The river was the [poker card="Qd"] and Galfond won the pot. Around 50 hands later, ‘VeniVidi1993’ won the following pot. This time, the money also went in on the turn. The pot was worth €48,643.84.  After ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked the [poker card="Jd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"] flop, Galfond bet €1,799.50 into €3,599. ‘VeniVidi1993’ called and then turn was the [poker card="2s"]. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked, Galfond fired €7,198, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ check-shoved for €20,722.92. Galfond made the call. Galfond showed the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Td"][poker card="4d"] and ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="2c"]. The river was the [poker card="Qd"] and the queen-high straight won for ‘VeniVidi1993.’ Swinging things back the other way, in Galfond’s favor, a pot-sized river bluff by ‘VeniVidi1993’ failed to work out in the following hand.  There was €10,797 in the middle on the board of [poker card="9s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"]. Galfond checked and ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet the pot. Galfond made the call with the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="9d"][poker card="3h"] for two pair, nines and threes. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="Js"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] and lost the €32,391 pot. Later on, Galfond tried to buy a pot in a similar situation, by firing a pot-sized bet on the river. ‘VeniVidi1993’ stood strong.  With the final board reading [poker card="Th"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="4s"] and €10,797 in the middle, ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked and Galfond bet €10,797. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ac"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="8h"]. Galfond had air with the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"] and this €32,391 pot went to ‘VeniVidi1993.’ The last hand we’ll take a look at in this Galfond Challenge recap is the following one that came n the last bit of Thursday’s session. It was a pot that Galfond won and helped him cut down the day’s loss.  With €3,599 in the middle on the [poker card="9s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2d"] flop, Galfond bet €899.75 and ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €6,298.25. Galfond reraised to €22,493.75, which was effectively an all-in bet as he only had €331.82 behind, ‘VeniVidi1993’ shoved, and Galfond called. The pot stood at €49,250.14 and Galfond revealed the [poker card="Ks"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3d"]. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="Ac"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2s"]. The turn was the [poker card="Kd"] and the river the [poker card="3c"]. With the river, Galfond made a six-high straight and was awarded the pot, beating the two pair for ‘VeniVidi1993.’ 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 - - - - Total 11,083 VeniVidi1993 €738,330.30   What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' will be back for their next session scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2020, starting at 11 a.m. ET. The 25,000-hand match is 11,083 hands complete and Galfond is down €738,330.30. Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  24. Phil Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ played another session of their ‘Galfond Challenge’ match on Sunday, battling for 659 hands at €100-€200 PLO on Run It Once Poker. The result was another six-figure loss for Galfond, as ‘VeniVidi1993’ won €102,593.34. On Sunday, Galfond was winning for around 75% of the session’s duration, up nearly €60,000 at his high point. But the final quarter of the match was all ‘VeniVidi1993,’ as he swung the pendulum the other way in a flurry. After Sunday’s session, which was the 15th session of the Galfond Challenge between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993,’ ‘VeniVidi1993’ is up more than €900,000. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Down €900,240.17 to ‘VeniVidi1993’ through 15 sessions, Galfond is losing an average of €60,016 per session. The two have played 9,927 hands of their 25,000-hand match, and Galfond is losing at a rate of €9,068.60 and 45.34 big blinds per 100 hands. If the same pace were to continue for the remainder of the match, Galfond would be down more than €2.26 million. If Galfond finishes down to ‘VeniVidi1993’ after all 25,000 hands, he’ll have to fork over an additional €200,000. It wasn't too long ago that many thought Galfond was righting the ship, thanks to a winning session of €87,940.91 on Day 12. That session was followed up by three consecutive losing sessions for Galfond, as he has dropped a combined €419,016.77 since that Day 12 win. To further put that figure into perspective, Galfond was down €481,223.40 overall to 'VeniVidi1993' after 12 sessions of play, so he's lost almost as much of that in the last three times on the felt. About halfway through Sunday’s session, Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ played the following €65,429.82 pot, and it was Galfond coming out on top with a big call on the river.  With a final board of [poker card="Js"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2s"][poker card="Qs"] in the middle, the pot was €7,269.98. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked and Galfond fired a pot-sized bet. ‘VeniVidi1993’ check-raised to €29,079.92 and the raise sent Galfond into the tank. With his time bank just about at zero, Galfond made the call with the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3h"] for a spade flush. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="3c"] and Galfond won the pot. The following two hands took place side by side. One was a pot worth €10,791 and the other was a pot worth €41,655.66. Both pots went to ‘VeniVidi1993’ and marked the turning point in the session at which Galfond went from winning to losing.  On the left table, ‘VeniVidi1993’ bet €1,199 on the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6h"] board. Galfond called and the river was the [poker card="Ah"]. ‘VeniVidi1993’ fired €3,597 and Galfond made the call. ‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the [poker card="Jh"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7h"] for a ten-high straight. Galfond mucked his hand. This pot was worth €10,791. On the right table, there was a pot of €5,999 in the middle with a board of [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Th"][poker card="5h"][poker card="5d"] showing. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked, Galfond bet €5,999, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ raised to €23,996. Galfond had €11,829.33 behind and called all in with the [poker card="Qd"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="9d"] for a full house, tens full of fives. The problem for Galfond was, ‘VeniVidi1993’ had a higher full house with the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="As"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="Kh"] for kings full of fives. This pot was worth €41,655.66. Nearing the end of the session, ‘VeniVidi1993’ won the following €50,794 pot when he picked off a big river bet from Galfond.  There was €24,598.50 in the middle on the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Kh"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="As"] board. ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked and Galfond shoved all in for €13,097.75. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call. Galfond showed the [poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3s"] for two pair. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Jd"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8c"] for trip kings and scooped the pot. 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 - - - - Total 9,927 VeniVidi1993 €900,240.17   What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' have now played nearly 40% of the 25,000 hands they're scheduled to play, and Galfond's deficit is approaching €1 million. The next time these two will be in action is on Tuesday, February 11, starting at 11 a.m. ET. Monday, February 10, is an off day. The plan is for Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' to play Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week, with each day starting at 11 a.m. ET, then take Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off. Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
  25. Phil Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' resumed their ‘Galfond Challenge’ match on Wednesday, following a hiatus of more than two weeks. Down more than €900,000 entering Wednesday’s session, Galfond booked a win of more than €180,000. With 574 hands played on Wednesday, the Galfond Challenge between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ is now 10,501 hands complete. The two are scheduled to play 25,000 hands, with Galfond putting up €200,000 in side action to the €100,000 of ‘VeniVidi1993.’ In the latest session, Galfond finished €183,481.38 to the good. Following the completion of Wednesday’s session of €100-200 PLO on Run It Once Poker, Galfond’s deficit to ‘VeniVidi1993’ stands at €716,758.79. After Wednesday's session was done, Galfond hopped on the stream to talk with commentators David Tuchman and Henry Kilbane. When asked about what he did to prepare himself to get back into the challenge against 'VeniVidi1993,' Galfond once again brought up how he spent time playing $25-50 heads-up Zoom pools, which he discussed in a recent interview with PocketFives. "What I think that did for me is, I was playing a very tough regular here, day in and day out, but there's a dynamic that gets created when you're losing everyday," Galfond said. "Your opponent's confident, you're not confident, you're scared in some spots. They kind of have the edge on you in the psychological component of the game, and so I wanted to play against other good players who there wasn't that dynamic with because we were starting fresh. Obviously it was good practice for me, but it was also good to show myself that I can play with very strong competition and it's just getting over the hump and out of the routine of losing and having [VeniVidi1993] a step ahead of me is I think what I needed." Galfond admitted that the losing was "definitely" getting to him, suggesting that the constant losing to 'VeniVidi1993' was causing him to play bigger pots than normal in some spots while shying away in others. "The break isn't responsible for me coming back and having a huge day like this," Galfond added. "It's only responsible for me playing a little bit better than I was before, and obviously I was fortunate today to have some coolers go my way and win some all-ins." [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="GG Poker"][ptable zone="Party Poker NJ"] Plenty of good things happened to Galfond on Wednesday, including a win of the following pot worth almost €60,000.  With the board reading [poker card="9c"][poker card="8h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="Th"], ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked and Galfond fired a pot-sized bet of €10,799. ‘VeniVidi1993’ came back with a check-raise to €24,312.63 and was all in. Galfond called to bring the pot up to €59,424.26. At showdown, Galfond showed a heart flush with the [poker card="Qh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5s"]. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Ad"][poker card="Tc"][poker card="6d"] and was no good. At the time this hand played out, Galfond was winning on the session but only up about €14,000. This pot worth near €60,000 really helped him build towards the massive winning session he secured. Not too long after that pot, Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ played another big one for stacks, this time to the tune of €39,999 in the middle.  With €10,797 in the middle on the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="Kd"] board, ‘VeniVidi1993’ led for a full pot-sized bet and left himself with just €3,804 behind. Galfond raised to put ‘VeniVidi1993’ all in, and ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call. Galfond had the nuts with the [poker card="Qh"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="Td"][poker card="6s"] for a Broadway straight. ‘VeniVidi1993’ had the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="Ks"][poker card="Jc"][poker card="9c"] and was looking for the board to pair to make a full house. The [poker card="8s"] on the river didn’t pair the board and Galfond was able to score the pot. A third big hand that went Galfond’s way was the following one, in which he got paid off with a seven-high straight to haul in a €46,858.94 pot.  On the [poker card="Ad"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"][poker card="3d"] board, there was €16,795.34 in the middle and ‘VeniVidi1993’ checked. Galfond bet the full pot, which was enough to put ‘VeniVidi1993’ all in, as ‘VeniVidi1993’ had €15,031.80 behind. ‘VeniVidi1993’ made the call. ‘VeniVidi1993’ showed the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qc"][poker card="Ts"], but that hand was no good against Galfond’s [poker card="8d"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"]. One final hand we'll recap is the following one that took place when there was a slight issue with the stream. It was a €41,197 pot won by Galfond with quads. Galfond started the action with a raise on the button to €600 and 'VeniVidi1993' made the call to see the flop come down [poker card="6s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4h"]. After 'VeniVidi1993' checked, Galfond bet €299.75. 'VeniVidi1993' raised to €1,216.99 and Galfond called. The [poker card="Ac"] came on the turn and 'VeniVidi1993' bet €3,632.98, which was a pot-sized bet. Galfond called and the river completed the board with the [poker card="5c"]. On the river, 'VeniVidi1993' bet the full pot again, this time for €10,898.94, and Galfond raised to put him all in. 'VeniVidi1993' had €4,250.09 behind and called with the [poker card="As"][poker card="7c"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] for a flopped full house. Unfortunately for him, Galfond had flopped quads with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"] and scooped the pot. The last time these two played was back on February 9. Galfond recorded a six-figure loss that day and then suspended the match a couple of days later. At that point, Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' had played 15 sessions and Galfond had only booked wins in two of them. One of those wins was only worth a small €2,615.26. Galfond's second winning session against 'VeniVidi1993' came on February 6 and was worth a promising €87,940.91. The winning session gave Galfond and his supporters hope that the tides were turning, but what followed over the next three sessions was a bashing that amounted to a total loss of €419,016.77 over the next three times these two played. That's ultimately what pushed Galfond to put the match on hold. 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 - - - - Total 10,501 VeniVidi1993 €716,758.79   What's Next for the Galfond Challenge? Galfond and 'VeniVidi1993' are back in action and the next session is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, 2020, starting at 11 a.m. ET. Be sure to stay tuned to PocketFives for more on the Galfond Challenge.
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