While Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk continue to get much of the heads-up challenge spotlight, Phil Galfond has been engaged in his own high-profile heads-up match with Chance Kornuth over the last few months.
But after 25,000 hands and nearly five months of on and off play, Kornuth has decided to throw in the towel in the match, conceding defeat with Phil Galfond winning $730k on the challenge.
The pair had originally planned to play 35,000 hands of $100/$200 heads-up Pot Limit Omaha before Kornuth declared that he had enough.
I've decided to concede the challenge . Congrats to @PhilGalfond on another #GalfondChallenge Victory. It was an incredibly fun battle even though I lost. Going to take a few days w/ friends and family, and share more about my experience in the weeks to come on @ChipLDR
— Chance Kornuth (@ChancesCards) January 23, 2021
With Kornuth conceding defeat, Galfond also wins the $250,000 side bet for taking down the challenge. Since Galfond gave Kornuth 4:1 odds before the match began in September 2020, had Kornuth won the challenge, he would have received $1 million.
Despite the convincing victory, Galfond had high praise towards Kornuth after his concession. “I was very unpleasantly surprised by how well played. He test my game in ways no other opponents had, exposing weaknesses I wasn’t aware of, and I’m stronger now for it.”
Galfond is now 3 for 3
The victory against Kornuth marks the third win in a row for Galfond, having previously beaten Venividi and ActionFreak during 2020. The victory against Venividi came earlier in the year with Galfond famously staging an epic comeback from nearly a €1 million deficit — leading Galfond to almost quit — to pull ahead at the very end.
In his match with ActionFreak, Galfond was ahead virtually the entire 15,000 hand match. ActionFreak gained some momentum towards the end of the match, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Galfond’s large lead, which ended with Galfond up €114,756.
What’s up next with the Galfond Challenge?
With the third Galfond Challenge in the books, Galfond will undoubtedly be looking forward to a break before partaking in other matches.
Still, Galfond has at least three matches that still need to be played out. Galfond played 862 hands against Bill Perkins towards a 50,000 goal (or $400k loss from Perkins) earlier last year but that match has been paused since …
In addition to the Bill Perkins match, Galfond has matches planed with Dan “Jungleman” Cates as well as Brandon Adams.