For First Time in Galfond Challenge, Phil Galfond Ends Session in the Lead


Phil Galfond, for the very first time in 35 days, has finished a session in the Galfond Challenge with an overall lead. If you counted him out back in February, you may have done so too soon.

Don’t call it a comeback, he’s been here for many years (if you don’t get that reference, you clearly weren’t a 90s kid). Galfond routed in February by EUR900,000 to the opposition, “VeniVidi1993.” Both on the internet pros are playing 25,000 hands of Pot-Limit Omaha at Run it Once, the texas hold’em site started by Galfond. At the end of the suit, the loser is to pay the winner a six-figure side bet.

Just one month ago, it appeared the former Full Tilt Poker legend was down for the 10-count. My, how things have changed in the past month.

Galfond Challenge is the Best Thing in Poker Right Now

If you have not been complying with the Galfond Challenge, you’re missing out on a traditional. “VeniVidi1993,” a player whose genuine name and also place is unknown to the public, was pushing a EUR1 million revenue at EUR100/EUR200 stakes in February. Galfond needed a break to regroup and decide if he ought to even continue the obstacle.

Few might have criticized him for throwing in the towel. Other than Gus Hansen (who lost over $20 million online), what sort of masochistic freak would certainly intend to rest there playing on the internet casino poker, taking a defeating day after day, losing millions. However Galfond stayed positive in his video game and rejected to surrender.

He reentered the Galfond Challenge in early March and has actually dominated the suit ever since. On Monday, he lastly finished in the black.

Galfond Takes the Lead

More than 3,000 fans watched the Galfond Challenge on the Run it Once Twitch channel on Monday. Throughout that session, Galfond turned a EUR121,486 earnings, his fourth most rewarding day in the competition. And with that said, Galfond currently holds the overall lead (+EUR81,064), the first time in 35 sessions that he’s completed ahead on the whole.

The talented PLO gamers have actually currently played 22,097 hands in 35 sessions. With simply 2,903 hands continuing to be, “VeniVidi1993” is now a big underdog for the very first time. It’s practically unsubstantiated the turn-around we’ve seen in this contest provided exactly how deep in the hole Galfond was midway with the obstacle. Yet there’s a lot variation in Pot-Limit Omaha that streaks aren’t unusual, as we have actually seen in this back-and-forth high-stakes fight.

Galfond’s lead definitely isn’t overwhelming. “VeniVidi1993” trails by the equivalent of 4 buy-ins, and also there are lots of hands left to play for him to reclaim the lead as well as win the Galfond Challenge. But the casino poker fans on social networks sure won’t be favoring it to occur.

You can watch tomorrow’s stream live in its entirety on the Run it Once Twitch channel beginning at 11 am ET.