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Gossip Column: Phil Galfond Wins Another €19,099 Against ‘VeniVidi1993,’ Matt Glantz Willing to Contract COVID-19 For $250K

Phil Galfond & Matt Glantz - Gossip Column
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  • Attreyee Khasnabis March 15, 2020
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Its been a crazy few weeks with the Coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc worldwide. With the disease still going strong, not much has happened in the poker world, other than a lot of live poker tournaments either getting canceled or postponed.

However, some exciting news came through for Phil Galfond on March 13 when the 24th session between the Run It Once (RIO) founder and the online beast ‘VeniVidi1993’ saw the former winning €19,099 more, taking his losses down to €634,087.02.

While Galfond is undoubtedly on an upswing, another top pro Matt Glantz seems to have completely lost his mind. The poker pro on March 8 tweeted that he was willing to get infected by the COVID-19 virus for $250,000.


Phil Galfond Wins Another €19,099 Against ‘VeniVidi1993’

After a short hiatus, Phil Galfond finally resumed his Heads-Up challenge against online phenom’ VeniVidi1993’ on March 4. The PLO legend had suspended the ongoing match in early February after being stuck almost €900,000 across 9,927 hands.

Phil Galfond
Phil Galfond


In the very first session following Galfond’s return, he managed to register a profit of €183,481.38, making up for almost 20% of his losses. His run good seems to have continued, and in the latest session played between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’, the former managed to book another profit, this time for €19,099.65.

This was the 24th session played between the duo, who have by now played 15,200 hands of their 25,000-hand challenge. ‘VeniVidi1993’ is still leading overall by a large margin, but Galfond has trimmed the deficit by almost 30%, bringing it down from nearly €900,000 to €634,087.02. The two have less than 10,000 hands to go to complete the challenge, with Galfond risking €200,000 in side action to the €100,000 of ‘VeniVidi1993.’


Heads-Up Challenge Results To-Date

 Hands PlayedDaily WinnerAmount Won
Day 1 (Jan. 22)655VeniVidi1993€72,572.68
Day 2 (Jan. 23)715Phil Galfond€2,615.26
Day 3 (Jan. 24)557VeniVidi1993€84,437.52
Day 4 (Jan. 25)581VeniVidi1993€17,544.87
Day 5 (Jan. 27)726VeniVidi1993€155,063.52
Day 6 (Jan. 28)703VeniVidi1993€13.31
Day 7 (Jan. 30)823VeniVidi1993€52,057.13
Day 8 (Jan. 31)940VeniVidi1993€60,743.37
Day 9 (Feb. 1)446VeniVidi1993€12,706.51
Day 10 (Feb. 3)696VeniVidi1993€100,993.30
Day 11 (Feb. 4)741VeniVidi1993€15,647.36
Day 12 (Feb. 6)622Phil Galfond€87,940.91
Day 13 (Feb. 7)470VeniVidi1993€267,949.70
Day 14 (Feb. 8)593VeniVidi1993€48,473.73
Day 15 (Feb. 9)659VeniVidi1993€102,593.34
Day 16 (Mar. 4)574Phil Galfond€183,481.38
Day 17 (Mar. 5)582VeniVidi1993€21,571.51
Day 18 (Mar. 6)555Phil Galfond€27,198.94
Day 19 (Mar. 7)638Phil Galfond€26,018.41
Day 20 (Mar. 9)566Phil Galfond€92,803.89
Day 21 (Mar. 10)576Phil Galfond€3,766.94
Day 22 (Mar. 11)556VeniVidi1993€88,465.60
Day 23 (Mar. 12)598Phil Galfond€23,821.05
Day 24 (Mar. 13)628Phil Galfond€19,099.65


The challenge between Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ will continue at 12 PM (ET) on Saturday, March 14.


Matt Glantz is Willing to Contract Coronavirus For $250K

Prop bets in poker can be quite crazy sometimes, but when someone is ready to willingly contract a contagious virus for $250,000, that is next level insane! The poker player in question is the former WPT champion, Matt Glantz.

Matt Glantz
Matt Glantz


The high-stakes mixed games specialist on March 8 tweeted his willingness to get infected by the virus in exchange for the six-figure sum. He stated that he would document his experience dealing with the Coronavirus. He also promised to self-quarantine himself as to not spread the virus to anyone else.

The tweet received a variety of responses. While some were willing to do the same thing as Glantz for far less money, others thought Glantz was out of his mind.

Eventually, high-stakes gambler Blake Stevenson aka ‘EmpireMaker2’ on Twitter, decided to take Glantz up on his offer.

Even after some back and forth, the two gamblers couldn’t decide on an appropriate time frame to give Glantz to contract the virus and prove a positive test. Stevenson offered a week, and Glantz said he needed three. Stevenson revised his offer to two weeks, but Glantz still wouldn’t budge.

Glantz has yet to receive another offer.

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