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Gossip Column: Luke Schwartz is the Latest Contender in Phil Galfond’s HU Challenge

Phil Galfond & Luke Schwartz - Gossip Column
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  • Attreyee K. Ganguly January 6, 2020
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Run It Once (RIO) founder Phil Galfond’s ‘Heads-Up’ challenge is bulldozing ahead and has found its latest contender in the cocky WSOP bracelet winner Luke Schwartz.

The challenge, which was announced in late November, last year, has already been accepted by the likes of entrepreneur Bill Perkins, online phenoms ‘VeniVidi1993’ and ‘Actionfreak,’ Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Brandon Adams, and poker coach Chance Kornuth.

Fernando ‘JNandez87’ Habegger had initially accepted the challenge, but backed out soon afterward, stating that he did not have enough time for preparing to maximize the EV of his backers.

Phew! Well, with that recap out of the way, let’s now get to the latest contender!

Luke Schwartz Claims Phil Galfond is Pigeon-Hunting; Accepts the HU Challenge

Luke Schwartz may be a WSOP bracelet winner, but he is also a loudmouth with a penchant for ranting on Twitter. He took to the social media platform on January 6 to call out Phil Galfond, claiming that the latter is accepting challenges from lousy (in Schwartz’s opinion) players to participate in “this pigeon solved online omaha shit.”

With spelling and grammar evidently not being Schwartz’s strong points, we assume what he meant to say was that Galfond would be taking the help of some AI to beat his opponents. A rather absurd allegation given that Galfond is one of the best online poker players in the game. Nevertheless, given the three-time WSOP bracelet winner’s amiable disposition, he took Schwartz’s barbs in stride and accepted the challenge.

Phil Galfond
Phil Galfond

To which Schwartz responded…

Luke Schwartz

Following this interaction, Galfond tweeted that he has an “exciting new #GalfondChallenge competitor to announce in the coming days.”

There has been a bit of a mixed reaction to this latest challenge. While some have applauded Schwartz for calling out Galfond, others have admired how Galfond handled the challenge.

But it was Galfond’s wife, Farrah, who gave Schwartz the ultimate burn!

Well, while we are yet to see who comes out triumphant in the end, but it is safe to say that the HU challenge is definitely heating up!

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