Phil Galfond Staging Epic Comeback in PLO Challenge

Phil Galfond is on the cusp of an epic comeback in his first HU PLO challenge

Phil Galfond is well on his way to staging one of the most epic comebacks in poker history. Galfond will go down in poker history if he completes the comeback, but time is running out for him.

You have to go back to November 2019 to find the issuing Galfond’s heads-up challenge. The three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner issued an open challenge to the poker world.

“Who wants to play some high stakes poker with a washed-up ex-pro” he asked via his popular blog. “I’m looking for some high stakes HU action to help promote Run It Once Poker.”

Galfond launched his own online poker site, Run It Once Poker, in February 2019. Its success has been moderate considering the monumental task of taking on online poker’s giants.

Online poker sites need a continual feed of customers in order to be able to survive then thrive. Galfond hoped this high stakes HU PLO battle would grab the poker community’s attention. He thought correct.

First Challenger Takes Up Galfond On His Offer

“Venividi1993” is the first to take up Galfond on his offer of a PLO battle. The pair agreed to play 25,000 hands of €100/€200 heads-up Pot-Limit Omaha with Galfond putting up €200,000 to his opponent’s €100,000.

The first week of the challenge was nothing short of disastrous for the challenge setter. Venividi1993 buried him over the course of 4,760 hands, resulting in a €379,073.77 loss for Galfond.That works out at almost €80 per hand played.

Week 2 saw Galfond fare no better. It went even worse for him and he found himself stuck €900,240.17 after 9,927 total hands.

A long blog post revealed Galfond planned to take a break from the challenge to regroup.

“I’ve had a session win/loss record of 1-12-2 over these first 15 days of play. I know it was been hard for some of you to watch! I hope I feel prepared to come back and put on a good show for you all, but I know that realistically, as much as I don’t want to, there’s a chance I’ll have to just take the loss”

“Thanks to everyone who’s been a part of the challenge and to everyone who’s been watching, creating content, and talking about the match. I’m sorry for the little break in the action here, but I promise that either way, there will be plenty of challenge play ahead.”

Galfond Comeback Begins

Galfond and Venividi1993 resumed their battle even though the former looked down and out. Several winning sessions put Galfond back to being “only” €494,601.24 down after 15,864 hands.

Another two sessions on March 19 and 20 saw Galfond claw back another €34,726.53.

The pair locked horns again on March 21 and Galfond came out with a €140,979.28 win. He’s still down significantly, but now trails by €318,895.43 with 17,551 hands completed. Reports suggest Venividi1993 “rage quit” the session because it ended so abruptly.

Galfond only has 7,449 hands remaining to win back almost €319,000 but he’s in a much better position than a fortnight ago. We hope he completes his comeback because it would be unheard of in recent time.

More About The Online Superstar

Galfond was once one of the best online poker cash game players in the world. He’s taken a backseat of late in order to look after his business interests, but he’s still revered.

He’s more than $1.45 million up in PokerStars cash games, where he’s known as “MrSweets28”. He can also boast of almost $6.6 million profits on Full Tilt under the alias “OMGClayAiken”.

The Maryland native has three WSOP bracelets to his name. The first came in 2008 in a $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event. His second came in 2015 in the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball No-Limit Championship. Galfond completed his hat trick with a win in the 2018 $10,000 PLO Hi-Low Championship.

Galfond launched the Run It Once training site in 2012 with the help of three fellow pros. Some 125 different coaches have created content since.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

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