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Gossip Column: Galfond Books €106,328 Profit on Day 31, Starts a Mini Galfond Challenge!

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  • Namita Ghosh March 31, 2020
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Run It Once (RIO) Poker founder Phil Galfond (cover image) is fast approaching the break-even point in his ongoing €100-200 PLO Heads-Up Challenge against ‘VeniVidi1993’! This may not sound too encouraging for some of you Galfond fans out there not following the high-stakes battle closely, but just to recap, Galfond was stuck a whopping €900,240 after the first 15 sessions of the challenge; making this winning streak a phenomenal comeback by the PLO legend.

The prolonged losing streak had forced Galfond to take a long three-week break, and ever since resuming the challenge, he has been unstoppable. Two more sessions have played out since our last update on the challenge that had Galfond starting out in the red for €233,624.12. He lost €26,992 to ‘VeniVidi1993’ on Day 30 but recouped all of those losses and more in the next session. This was Day 31 of the challenge, and Galfond booked a profit of €106,328 after playing 393 hands. He is currently down €154,287, with 5,637 hands left to play.

Watch the Day 31 action below.

That’s not all! An upbeat Galfond is clearly itching for more action and since ‘VeniVidi1993’ wanted a few days off, the former took the opportunity to throw open a Mini Galfond Challenge at stakes of 100/200/ or 200/400 on PokerStars. From what we hear, the first of these ‘mini’ challenges gets rolling tonight, with Galfond set to play 800 hands of $200/400 PLO against ‘AmSoGood.’

Galfond’s tweet on the mini-challenge got a lot of reactions, with people wondering why Galfond wanted to play on PokerStars instead of his own site. Indian-origin pro Amit Makhija pointed out that playing at RIO Poker at such high stakes wasn`t likely to get many takers.

Galfond agreed, on which Camkite suggested they could play on partypoker.

Not long after tweet, Galfond confirmed the first Mini Galfond Challenge.

And the player who will be taking on Galfond is ‘AmSoGood.’ The player is a high-stakes PLO reg from Canada. The duo will play 800 hands of $200/$400 PLO at PokerStars. Unlike Galfond’s match with ‘VeniVidi1993,’ there is no side bet on this one. From the player’s response, it looks like he’s ready for the battle!

Unfortunately, Galfond has confirmed that the Mini Challenge will not be streamed by Run It Once Poker, though we can reasonably expect someone from the community to post the juicy highlights of the duel!


Day-By-Day Results of the Galfond Challenge (Day 16 to 31)

Day Hands PlayedDay's WinnerAmount Won
Day 16 (Mar 5)574Phil Galfond€183,481
Day 17 (Mar 6)582‘VeniVidi1993’€21,571
Day 18 (Mar 7)555Phil Galfond€27,198
Day 19 (Mar 8)638Phil Galfond€26,018
Day 20 (Mar 10)566Phil Galfond€92,803
Day 21 (Mar 11)576Phil Galfond€3,766
Day 22 (Mar 12)556‘VeniVidi1993’€88,465
Day 23 (Mar 13)598Phil Galfond€23,821
Day 24 (Mar 14)628Phil Galfond€19,099
Day 25 (Mar 15)664Phil Galfond€139,485
Day 26 (Mar 20)539Phil Galfond€110,752
Day 27 (Mar 21)645‘VeniVidi1993’€76,026
Day 28 (Mar 22)503Phil Galfond€140,979
Day 29 (Mar 26)642Phil Galfond€85,271.31
Day 30 (Mar 27)777'VeniVidi1993'€26,992
Day 31 (Ma r 28)393Phil Galfond€106,000
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