Phil Galfond comes out strong in the second round of the Galfond Challenge
Galfond and Venividi are back at it, and Galfond seems to have learned a few tricks
It looks like Phil Galfond’s break from his own challenge made the difference in the outcome of the game. After being down close to $1 million against the online player “Venividi1993,” Galfond decided to pause the challenge and take a few days to break and reflect on what he needed to overcome that losing streak. A total of 25,000 hands in $108/$215 is part of Galfond’s challenge and played at the online poker site Run It Once Poker. Just recently, before going to another break from the challenge, the scene was very different, as Galfond has been cutting down the distance and winning more hands.
Apparently, on this second occasion, it was Venividi1993 who needed the break since the latest stretch saw Galfond winning two six-figure wins. Now, Galfond’s total losses are down to $343,717, making the challenge a lot more interesting now with possibilities to turn things around. Last Thursday, the competition was restarted, with two sessions being played to complete two-thirds of the 25,000 hands. Galfond continued his winning streak that Thursday, winning $118,600, although he lost over half of that on the match the following day. In the following session, Galfond got back on track and crushed Venividi one more time, raising the hopes that he can win the side bet cutting down his deficit two-thirds.
During day 26 of the challenge, 539 hands were played and Galfond won $119,373, crushing Venividi for the second day straight. The following day things worked in favor of Venividiand in the 645 hands that were played in which he won $81,950. On day 28, Galfond has his rhythm back, and in the 503 hands that they played, he won a total of $151,952, witnessing one of Galfond’s best performances so far.