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Gossip Column: Phil Galfond Wins Fourth-Straight Match as Brandon Adams Throws in the Towel, Plays “Jungleman” Next

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis August 24, 2021
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And once again, it’s Phil Galfond for the win! The poker legend, just like his first name twin Phil Hellmuth, is now on a four-match heater. Earlier today, Galfond tweeted that Brandon Adams, his fourth challenger, had called it quits in their heads-up challenge.

For quitting the challenge, Adams will have to pay Galfond the $100,000 side bet on top of his losses in the challenge.

Before we get into celebrating Galfond’s victory, let’s do a quick recap of the fourth Galfond challenge.

 

Galfond Challenge Recap: Phil Galfond vs. Brandon Adams

The Incomplete Live Challenge

Galfond’s fourth heads-up challenge against Adams differed from the previous three that he had won against ‘VeniVedi1993’, Ioannis ‘ActionFreak’ Kontonatsios, and Chance Kornuth. Unlike the previous challenges that took place online, the fourth challenge was to be played live at the Resorts World Casino from July 26 to 30. The duo had decided to play 40 hours over five days, rounding up to an average of eight hours daily.

Things started off well with Adams taking a $16,000 lead on Day 1. Day 2 saw the tide turn in Galfond’s favor with the Run It Once co-founder finishing the day with an overall profit of $9,000. Day 3 turned out to be even better as Galfond boosted his overall profits to $56,000.

This is where the challenge hit a roadblock when Adams accused Galfond of tanking excessively. The former was down $48,000 with about 16 hours of the challenge remaining. That’s when Galfond decided to change his strategy by using the clock to his advantage. After being accused, Galfond defended himself by claiming even Adams had used the clock to his advantage when he was ahead in the match.

A Twitter war of words unfolded with both Galfond and Adams pointing fingers at each other. Max Silver and Isaac Haxton were called in to arbitrate on the matter, and they decided that the duo would have to play another 285 hands to complete the challenge. Galfond and Adams played only a few hands (on Day 4) before stopping the live heads-up match prematurely and moving the challenge online. Galfond was leading for $16,500 at this point.

They decided to scrap the side bet, with Galfond keeping the $16,500 profit that he won. They announced that they would be starting a new 10,000-hand online challenge on August 1.

 

Moving to the Virtual Felts

Going by the fact that Galfond had won all three of his past online heads-up challenges, he further increased his distinct advantage over Adams in the online plat. As expected, right from Day 1, Galfond was in the driver’s seat. The three-time WSOP bracelet winner straightaway won $75,000 on Day 1.

Adams fought back on Day 2, cutting Galfond’s lead down to $35,000.

But Adams could not keep Galfond down for long as the latter bounced back on Day 3, pushing his overall lead to $145,000. The duo decided to take a few weeks off and resumed playing on August 22.

Day 4 resumed on August 23, and once again, it was a winning session for Galfond. He booked another $125,000 in profits, putting himself ahead for $146,000.

The session was live-streamed on the YouTube channel ‘Moonlightmaster.’ You can watch the action below.

On August 24, Adams finally accepted defeat and threw in the towel. Galfond ended the challenge with approximately $270,000 in profits.

 

Jungleman Rants at Galfond

His next challenger, Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates, had a special message for Galfond.

Cates and Galfond have previously gone head-to-head in a mini-challenge. They had played one session of 750 hands with Galfond coming out on top, €86,870 richer!

Though Cates called out Galfond for “devious” and “twisted”, the ‘forever nice guy’ Galfond responded to the tweet in the most Galfond way possible.

 

As per the Run It Once website, Galfond and Cates will play 7,500 hands of €100/€200 PLO. The date for that match is listed at “TBD.”

Well, we will certainly be keeping an eye out for this heads-up challenge.

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