Phil Galfond completes comeback

Phil Galfond Completes Comeback in Inaugural Challenge Match

Phil Galfond has defeated VeniVidi in Match #1 of the Galfond Challenge to take home €100,000 in prop bet proceeds.

Run It Once Poker founder Phil Galfond and Pot Limit Omaha opponent VeniVidi entertained over 26,000 live stream viewers Sunday in an epic Match #1 Final that wasn’t decided until the last 80 (of 25,000) hands. The heads-up contest, which appeared destined to end in VeniVidi’s favor only two months ago, unofficially reached an outcome when Phil Galfond showed down a Full House to take an insurmountable lead in Match #1 with just a few dozen hands remaining.

It feels pretty good,” Galfond informed live stream hosts Joe Stapleton, David Tuchman, and Joey Ingram on-air immediately following the Match #1 Final stream.

Poker Players React to Phil Galfond’s Epic Comeback

Poker players around the world posted their congratulatory thoughts on Twitter following Sunday’s Match #1 conclusion.

Poker Life Podcast creator Joey Ingram:

Poker player, live streamer, and content creator Andreas Froehli:

Live poker tournament #4 all-time cash prize winner Erik Seidel:

Triton Poker series ambassador Jason Koon:

High stakes poker player and Days of Our Lives star Farah Galfond:

Solve for Why Poker Training Academy instructor Matt Berkey:

Next Galfond Challenge Match Versus Bill Perkins

The next Galfond Challenge contest has scheduled to take place on partypoker, with poker backer Bill Perkins risking a $250,000 USD side bet versus Galfond’s $1 million.

The Perkins matchup will feature a “Mercy Rule” in which the commodities trader has the option to forfeit the match if he is down €400,000 or more at any time versus Galfond for the duration of 50,000 hands.

Congratulations to Phil Galfond, VeniVidi, and Collaborators

When Run It Once Poker officially launched in February 2019, the site was immediately plagued with unforeseen software development challenges that had some longtime Phil Galfond fans wondering if RIO Poker would ever again attract hundreds of players as it did in its first few weeks post-launch.

Galfond Challenge Match #1 has clearly resulted in an increase of interest along with traffic to the No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha cash game online poker platform (not available in the United States).

Both Phil Galfond and VeniVidi entertained thousands of fans over a span of several months — completing over 24,900 hands of competitive high stakes poker before the match’s outcome was decided and the meaningless hands were folded-out by the victor.

At least dozens of high profile poker players and other collaborators have contributed to marketing the Galfond Challenge through live streams, podcasts, social media engagement, forum discussion, free Twitch subscriptions, cross-site promotion, and strategy analysis… culminating in one of the largest Twitch Poker streams ever for Sunday’s “good for poker” finale.

According to the Run It Once Poker landing page, Phil Galfond finished Match #1 with a gameplay profit of €1,671.58 after 25,001 hands.

* This article is directly funded by Part Time Poker.

Read More Part Time Poker Coverage of the Galfond Challenge

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Luke Schwartz to Participate in 2020 Galfond Challenge (Jan 6, 2020)
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