He’s done it! Phil Galfond has come back in his Challenge to defeat VeniVidi in a comeback for the ages! Also, huge names like Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Tom Brady all play poker for charity. And Peter Jetten talks high stakes poker. We have all those stories and more in this – the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.
Galfond Wins Challenge over VeniVidi!!!
Incredible! A comeback for the ages. Truly, this has to be one of the top stories in poker for the year. Down nearly a million bucks, Phil Galfond has miraculously comeback to defeat ‘VeniVidi1993’ in the first of Phil’s Galfond Challenges.
The two had to play 25k hands total with the winner winning either 100k or 200k on a side bet. And in the end Phil locked up the win to edge out Veni by just a couple thousand.
We’ll have more on this story all week, but for now just check out the highlights on Twitch:
Congrats, Phil. We were all rooting for you!
HUGE Celebrities Play Online Poker for Charity
A somewhat underreported story is that of all the HUGE celebrities that got together to play a tournament on ACR for charity.
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Tom Brady, Sarah Silverman, Adam Sandler, Adam Levine, Jason Bateman, Jon Hamm, Cheryl Hines, Jason Mewes, Aaron Paul, Scoot McNairy, and John Krasinski all got together to fire up a tournament on ACR that raised $2 million buck for Feeding America.
Of course there were a couple pro poker players in the mix and in the end it was Florida’s Ebony Kenny who came out on top. Other big name pros in the field included Doyle Brunson, Jason Koon, Alex Foxen, Todd Brunson, Jeff Gross, Jamie Staples, Jon Pardy, Luke Schwartz, Mike McDonald, and Jeff Boski.
For the complete story, CardPlayer Magazine has you covered.
-Over at USPoker.com Sean Chaffin has a great article about the burgeoning peer-to-peer app industry that is taking over online poker. Pokerbros, Pokerrrr2, PPPoker: friends all across the country are setting up home games and then playing with their friends. Are you one of them?
-Greg Raymer has been sharing his insight with CardPlayer magazine lately, and this week was no different as he wrote a great article advocating for tournaments to play down to the money on Day One. His solution? Simply roll the blinds back for Day 2 to create more deep-stack play.
-Staying with CardPlayer, there’s a very interesting article for pro poker players that have been adversely affected by coronavirus and the recent quarantines. “Rosa Mendez, a spokeswoman for the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation told the LVRJ that professional gamblers might qualify for assistance because of the CARES Act and must file as self-employed or as an independent contractor.”
-As per the norm, we check in with our pal Robbie over at CardPlayerLifestyle.com. This week Robbie and Tadas Peckaitis talk edge sorting and the “Top 3 Facts You Need to Know” about it. How it works, why it works, and what might be the repercussions.
-Also, have you ever wondered what is Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates up to? Sure, you have. Everyone has. And now Paul Seaton talks Jungle’s origin, rise to stardom, and where he might be headed over at PokerCentral.
And finally, this:
Which of these was the more incredible comeback?
— Pokerlolz (@pokerlolz) April 12, 2020
Best Poker Videos on the Internet
Peter Jetten has been crushing the high stakes poker games for well over a decade now, and he sat down with Lee Davy over on Paul Phua’s YouTube channel to talk about his journey in the game. This is “I am High Stakes Poker”
-Galfond was of course able to edge out VeniVidi today and take down this challenge, but here are some highlights from yesterday’s action when he came within striking distance of his opponent:
-And finally, if you missed the huge celebrity tournament on ACR, then Mike Matusow has your recap for you:
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.