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Run It Once Poker (RIO) founder Phil Galfond is back to the grind in his heads-up challenge against ‘VeniVidi1993’ and has managed to find his winning form after a long losing streak! Galfond resumed the challenge on March 4 after a month-long break and immediately got back to his winning ways. A total of 10 sessions have been played between the duo since, and Galfond has already managed to cut his losses in almost half from nearly €900,000 to less than €500,000!
Where Galfond finally seems to have the tide in his favor, another equally accomplished former poker pro Doug Polk has announced that he will longer be posting video content on his YouTube channel that happens to be one of the most popular YouTube channels for poker.
In a time when the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc worldwide, notable screenplay writer Brian Koppelman has decided to move his poker home game to the virtual platform implementing the same tools that companies use to conduct work from remote locations.
Phil Galfond on an Upswing in His Heads-Up Challenge Against VeniVidi1993
PLO legend Phil Galfond is on a winning streak after resuming the heads-up challenge against ‘VeniVidi1993.’
After taking a nearly month-long break, Galfond made a comeback on March 4 and immediately won the 16th session, booking a €183,481.38 profit. Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ have now played 10 sessions since the break, and Galfond has come out on top in eight of those 10 sessions. The last session was played on March 14, wherein he made yet another profit of €139,485.78.
The RIO founder has now brought down his deficit to less than €500,000, while ‘VeniVidi1993’ continues to be in the lead with a €494,601.24 profit.
On March 18, Galfond took to Twitter to share his views on his overall journey in the challenge.
It has been a little while and circumstances have changed. Here are some more of my thoughts on the first #GalfondChallenge match.
Back to the tables on Thursday! pic.twitter.com/FhIrzCdV19
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) March 17, 2020
Being the nice guy that he is, it comes as no shock that he received a lot of praise for his heartfelt tweet.
You are one of the easiest people to cheer for mr. Galfond
— Jason Lavallee (@constantcolorup) March 18, 2020
@PhilGalfond Been watching u since the FTP days. If somehow you can grind it back to even, it will be one of the greatest comebacks in HISTORY!! Hats off to you for being so open the entire time and letting your fans into your mind. GL I’m rooting hard for u like it’s my money!
— Drew (@LLcooLe11) March 18, 2020
As someone who lives in the story, I commend you for fighting the narrative. I’ll be here riding the roller coaster for you.
— Christopher George (@CeeGeePoker) March 18, 2020
You’re the goat! we all have faith in you. I started playing plo and mix games because of you! Crush him!
— plogrinder (@aaron77988908) March 18, 2020
Win or lose, you are in my opinion the greatest player of all time. Your legendary status can never be questioned. I’d hazard a guess that veni and other top players around now, would not be where they are without your unparalleled insights into the game. You reinvented PLO.
— Jason Cooper (@JasonCo74862522) March 17, 2020
Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ have already played 15,864 hands, and the next session is to start at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 19.
Challenge Results To Date (March 14)
|Hands Played||Daily Winner||Amount Won|
|Day 1 (Jan. 22)||655||VeniVidi1993||€72,572.68|
|Day 2 (Jan. 23)||715||Phil Galfond||€2,615.26|
|Day 3 (Jan. 24)||557||VeniVidi1993||€84,437.52|
|Day 4 (Jan. 25)||581||VeniVidi1993||€17,544.87|
|Day 5 (Jan. 27)||726||VeniVidi1993||€155,063.52|
|Day 6 (Jan. 28)||703||VeniVidi1993||€13.31|
|Day 7 (Jan. 30)||823||VeniVidi1993||€52,057.13|
|Day 8 (Jan. 31)||940||VeniVidi1993||€60,743.37|
|Day 9 (Feb. 1)||446||VeniVidi1993||€12,706.51|
|Day 10 (Feb. 3)||696||VeniVidi1993||€100,993.30|
|Day 11 (Feb. 4)||741||VeniVidi1993||€15,647.36|
|Day 12 (Feb. 6)||622||Phil Galfond||€87,940.91|
|Day 13 (Feb. 7)||470||VeniVidi1993||€267,949.70|
|Day 14 (Feb. 8)||593||VeniVidi1993||€48,473.73|
|Day 15 (Feb. 9)||659||VeniVidi1993||€102,593.34|
|Day 16 (Mar. 4)||574||Phil Galfond||€183,481.38|
|Day 17 (Mar. 5)||582||VeniVidi1993||€21,571.51|
|Day 18 (Mar. 6)||555||Phil Galfond||€27,198.94|
|Day 19 (Mar. 7)||638||Phil Galfond||€26,018.41|
|Day 20 (Mar. 9)||566||Phil Galfond||€92,803.89|
|Day 21 (Mar. 10)||576||Phil Galfond||€3,766.94|
|Day 22 (Mar. 11)||556||VeniVidi1993||€88,465.60|
|Day 23 (Mar. 12)||598||Phil Galfond||€23,821.05|
|Day 24 (Mar. 13)||628||Phil Galfond||€19,099.65|
|Day 25 (Mar. 14)||664||Phil Galfond||€139,485.78|
Doug Polk Posts Final Poker Video on His YouTube Channel
Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Doug Polk, who had announced his retirement from poker last year, is now bidding goodbye to his poker-related YouTube channel ‘Doug Polk Poker.’ On March 16, he posted a video on the channel titled ‘This Is My Final Poker Video’.
In the 15-minute video, he explains why he’s done with poker content and discusses his future plans. Polk confesses in the video that he doesn’t enjoy poker anymore. Last summer, he said he played a few WSOP events only to make his fans happy.
“I got to a point where I didn’t want to make poker videos anymore,” he said in the video. “But I kept doing it because I wanted to make something, and also because I had that dumb prop bet with Joey (Ingram) where I had to jump out of a plane if I didn’t make 80 videos.”
The Upswing Poker founder has 286,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, which is second only to his arch-nemesis Daniel Negreanu, who has 391,000 subscribers. Polk had uploaded his first YouTube video on June 22, 2016. Since then, he’s created hundreds of videos on a wide range of topics and styles, including his popular ‘Poker Hands’ videos.
Polk says he doesn’t expect to ever regain his passion for poker, but instead of giving up the YouTube gig, he’s switching channels. Polk’s new YouTube channel, named ‘Doug Polk’, already has 26,000 subscribers and 17 videos. In recent clips, he’s given his take on President Trump, the Democratic Party race, and the Coronavirus pandemic.
So, if you are a fan of the former poker pro, you can keep watching his video content on his new channel.
Brian Koppelman Moves Weekly Poker Game Online in the Wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic
“Rounders” screenplay co-writer Brian Koppelman isn’t one to let a worldwide pandemic ruin his weekly poker game. With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) forcing governments to implement the practice of ‘social distancing,’ casinos have shut down the world over, and even live stops have either been canceled or postponed.
To keep his weekly poker date with his friends, Koppelman is implementing the same online tools used for remote offices to keep his home game going.
The New York film producer and his friends did the responsible thing by canceling their usual live meet-up. However, when one of the players suggested they use a technological fix to replicate the in-person experience as best they can with an Apple store app and Zoom videoconferencing on their laptops, the group jumped at the option!
The idea came when NBC News told the story of a Hollywood home game in a feature on how Americans are using technology to stay close to each other in the age of social distancing. The story noted that as self-quarantining is expected to last for weeks or possibly months, many businesses are turning to videoconference to maintain operations as employees work from home.
Koppelman, who is also creator and showrunner of Showtime’s “Billions,” told NBC News it took his group about 20 minutes before they got into the feel of the old game, despite background distractions.
“It was the same group of people busting on each other, laughing with each other, telling the same stories,” he said.
It seems that Koppelman has found an effective way to host his poker home game in the wake of the current crisis – something that could inspire many more to follow in his footsteps!