Weekend Hit and Run: Galfond Closes the Gap, Online Poker Soars, and Berkey Streams

The world is stuck indoors which means online poker soars. The biggest cardrooms are seeing their largest tournament fields in years leading to huge prizes pools and guarantees. Meanwhile, Phil Galfond is inconceivably within striking distance of Venividi in the Galfond Challenge. And Matt Berkey is back in the streaming streets. We have those stories and much more in this – the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.

Galfond Wins €106,328, Now Down Only €154,287

A month ago, we all would have said a lot of things were impossible. But the world has been figuratively turned upside down, and one of the most improbable things was a Phil Galfond comeback. But coming back he is. On Saturday, Phil won just over €106k to get within striking distance of Venividi. It’s insane.

The €100-200 PLO game was of course on Run It Once and saw the two play a quick session of just 393 hands. This means that 19,363 hands in total have been played.

A great source for all recaps of the matches has been Donnie Peters has been keeping the poker community up to date and giving great breakdowns of each day’s action. So what’s next in this one. Well, Donnie has put it best:

“Galfond and ‘VeniVidi1993’ will have a day off on Sunday, March 29, and then they’ll resume action on Monday, March 30, starting at 12 p.m. ET. It will be the 32nd session between the two and they’re 19,363 hands through their Galfond Challenge duel. That means just 5,637 hands to go. Remember, Galfond is putting up €200,000 in side action to the €100,000 of ‘VeniVidi1993.”

Online Poker Hits New Highs

Many thought this day would never come, but online poker tournament numbers are bigger than ever. Partypoker, GGPoker, PokerStars, and 888Poker are all launching massive tournament series where millions will be made and lives will change.

Partypoker and Poker Central have announced they are teaming up for the new Poker Masters Online. The series is set for April 12-26 with 30 high roller events featuring $15.25 million in total guarantees.”

The Irish Poker Open will no run their entire series online. “The Irish Poker Open will now run the entire festival online from April 6-12. The Main Event on April 6features a €1 million guarantee.”

The WPT is heading virtual as well as they too are teaming up with PartyPoker. “Partypoker also recently teamed up with the WPT to offer the new Online Series. The festival runs May 10-26and features $30 million in total guarantees including $15 million across 10 headline events. The highlight will be a $3,200 WPT Online Championship with a $5 million guarantee, set to begin May 10. The series becomes an official part of the WPT Main Tour.”

GGPoker is running their High Roller series this week. It’s a “$9 million guaranteed and buy-ins range from $210 to $5,000.”

888Poker is still offering WSOP packages. Of course that package is subject to change depending on what happens this summer. However the packages are amazing. The$15,000 Mega Package “features a $10,000 buy-in to the Main Event and an $888 buy-in to the Crazy Eights tournament. That also includes travel and accommodation.”

And finally, PokerStars. They’re doing it big as always. “The Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) plays out through April 9 for players in France, Spain, and Portugal. The series features €12 million in tournament guarantees across 19 days of action. The series offers a range of buy-ins, including the €250 Main Event on April 5 with a €1 million guarantee. Players can win a seat for a fraction of the cost with hundreds of tickets given away through Depositor Freerolls. These run on March 21, 28 and April 4.”

All that info is from They are the industry leader in bringing you the latest from the world of online poker.


Quick Hitters

-Over on PokerCentral, everyone’s still pretty excited to see High Stakes Poker come back on the air. Also, will it come back on the air? I think so, but these are crazy times. Anyway, Paul Seaton has a write-up on the show’s host Gabe Kaplan. Read about his incredible journey in Hollywood here.

-Meanwhile, beacon of positivity Robbie Strazynski has been pumping out a lot of content on his site One of the articles that we’d like to bump this weekend is his new monthly column which will be highlighting the top women on the GPI rankings. No surprise this week, it’s Kristen Bicknell (Hint: it will probably be her next month too).

-Danny Fisher’s articles for CardPlayer were always a breath of fresh air. Sadly, the longtime scribe and poker dealer and passed away earlier this year following complications from surgery. But CP is still putting out some of her work, including this week which asks about a very specific etiquette at the table.

-Online poker is figuratively going through the roof this month with everybody trapped inside, and PokerStars players in New Jersey are gearing up for NJSCOOP in April. Sean Chaffin has the full story for talking about the $1.2 million guaranteed event.

-And lastly, one of the sickest stories to come out of last week wasAlex “AAAArthur” Brito winning the largest ever tournament in the history of PokerStars. The Brazilian native qualified remarkably for 25 cents and somehow turned it into ONE MILLION DOLLARS. Check out the full story over on the PokerStars blog.

Best Poker Videos on the Internet

-Jamie Staples is back with his YouTube video and podcast “The Weekly Poker Showdown.” This week’s guest is none other that Kristen Bicknell fresh off her final table appearance at the Bay 101 Shooting Star. The two talk the high roller scene and how quarantine life is effecting us all:


-Matt Berkey took over the Thirst Lounge and the Solve for Why YouTube channel as he streamed a full slate of weekend tourneys over at


-And finally here’s some morre video of the man, the myth, the legend himself Phil Galfond making his miraculous comeback this weekend. These are the highlights from Day 31:


That’s all for this week! Keep coming back every day to PartTimePoker for your daily updates on all the action in the poker world.


Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker.


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