The tables turn as VeniVidi calls for a break in the Galfond Challenge
Phil Galfond’s run at the table is causing his opponent to opt for a timeout
Online poker will continue to receive plenty of attention, especially these days, that most people are confined at home due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Phil Galfond continues to play against the online player Venividi as part of a challenge to promote his online poker site Run It Once Poker, and Galfond suffered a harsh losing streak during the first sessions as his losses almost hit $1 million. He decided to take a break and settle his mind, and this seemed to be what he needed at that time. Since resuming the challenge, he has been playing poker so well that now it’s his contender, Venividi, who is asking for a couple of days’ break.
Currently, the game is on a short pause and it will be resume on Thursday. The last two weeks have been all about Galfond cutting down the distance from Venividi. He stormed back while playing heads-up of $108/$217 blinds; now, Galfond is only $345,500 behind his opponent after being able to wipe out nearly $630,000 in previous losses.
Out of the 25,000 hands for this challenge, only 7,500 are pending. On challenge Day 24, Galfond had a small win of $20,683, but the next day he won big at $151,050 and extended his winning streak four days. But this part of the challenge was not a straight loss for Venividi, who was able to fight back several days. Day 22 was a win for Venividi with $95,800 as well as Day 27 in which Venividi stopped Galfond’s four-day winning streak with an $82,301 win.
The exact number of remaining hands is 7,249. If this break helps Venividi to calm down and rethink strategies, the last part of the challenge is going to be full of good-quality poker.