Galfond Challenge

Weekend Hit and Run: The Losses Continue for Galfond, Mid-Stakes Tourneys Galore, and BTS with Kara Scott

The Galfond Challenge continued to heat up this weekend even though Phil continued to trend down. Mid-stakes tours the country over were in full swing this weekend. And we take a look at Kara Scott’s new podcast. We have all those stories and more in this – the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.


Galfond Continues to Slide

Phil Galfond continued to head in the wrong direction as two more days of the Galfond Challenge took place. On Saturday Phil lost another €48k to the young phenom VeniVidi1993 and Sunday saw him drop 101k more.

Saturday’s loss dropped to Phil to a loss rate of almost 43 big blinds per 100 hands. Sunday raised that to closer to 45. Of the 15 sessions Galfond has only booked wins on two of them. The next match is scheduled for Monday at 11 am Eastern. Good luck, Phil. We’re all pulling for you.

VeniVidi holding court


Mid-Stakes Poker Tours in Full Swing

There were more mid-stakes poker tournaments going on this weekend than you could shake a stick at! Here’s a brief rundown on who’s crushing and building a stack and looking to make Day 3.

-The first weekend of the latest Parx Big Stax Series kicked off this weekend with the $300 event. This one got 2,257 entries which means first place will be a cool $110k. Yum yum. Tomer Kravitz is your current chip leader with 1.6 million.

-The $575 RunGood Series is also onto their Day Two at the Horseshoe Council Bluffs. 368 players took their shot and now only 16 are left! Sam Johnson leads the way with 1.1 million. Everyone will be looking to score that $41k first place prize.

-And of course the WSOP Circuit is having a Main Event this weekend. Over in Potawatomi 524 entries took their shot and have been whittled down to 30. Pratap Golla leads the way with 1.6 million. This $1700 event will see first walk away with a tasty $151,00.

-And finally the $400 Opening Event of the 2020 Potomac Winter Poker Open is seeing its Day Two as we speak! A whopping 182 entries came together over 6 starting flights in this one. Silliness! But now only 35 are left. Michael Lisman leads the way by a large margin with 4 million chippies. First is a cool 96k. Who will triumph?

Quick Hitters

-PokerNews had a great story this week that blends the old school with the new. It’s the story of Mark Napolitano and his wife Tina Napolitano, who were the founders of PokerPages. From winning big at Binions to almost making retirement money during the poker boom, this is the story of the ups and downs of a couple who loves cards.

-Steve Badger has his first new article up in quite some time on his site stevebadger,com. Steve is an expert in all things poker-boom online poker, and in his latest article he talks about PokerStars acquisition of Full Tilt after Black Friday. Steve talks what worked and what didn’t, and reiterates just how poorly FTP was managed.

-If you thought you were gonna get through a Hit and Run without a link to a Robbie Strazynski blog, well then think again, bucko! This week Roberto had a chat with everyone’s favorite poker presenter Kara Scott. Kara is hosting a new poker podcast and Robbie has the inside look at all the behind-the-scenes action.

-Over at the CardPlayer website, the team has a look at a couple Razz tips from Randy Ohel. Randy is a mixed game beast, and in this article he breaks down a huge hand from this year’s 10k Razz Championship that saw Chris Ferguson lock horns with Dan Zack.

-And finally, in news that is simply side-splittingly hilarious, the good folks over at poked fun at Phil Galfond’s Challenge troubles with: “Phil Galfond Takes Comfort In The Fact That The Galfond Challenge Has Generated Three New Player Deposits.”

Best Poker Videos on the Internet

-PokerNews is back with another video about growing your social media. Per the YouTube page “Felix Schneiders AKA xflixx is a PokerStars Ambassador and has built a healthy Instagram following as he now has over 22,000 followers on the platform. In this video he shares his secrets in how to develop your own Instagram!”


-Ew, this hand so nasty. It’s a brutal set over set in a 3bet pot on Live at the Bike! It’s the grossness. And the pot reaches almost 100,000 American Dollars:


-And finally, you asked for it, and we delivered. Here’s even more video of the Galfond Challenge. And finally one where Phil gets the best of VeniVidi… or does he?


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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