Phil Galfond Ready For First PLO Challenge Match

Phil Galfonds much-vaunted series of Challenge matches kicks off next week, Wednesday 22nd January, with a bout of €100/€200 PLO against top online pro VeniVidi1993

By: Andrew Burnett

The former online highstakes crusher, known mostly for his $6million-winning OMGClayAiken account, is biting off quite a bit in his attempt to drive traffic to his Run It Once pokerroom.

Galfond has also arranged battles with Bill Perkins, Brandon Adams, Chance Kornuth, Action Freak and Dan 'Jungleman' Cates. The last of these is the really interesting one, although terms have not been finalised yet.

On the line in the opener against VeniVidi is not only the possibility of a huge win or loss across the 25k hands agreed for the challenge, but also the side bet of Galfond’s €200k against his opponent’s €100k.

Although we have been accused of being a bit negative about Galfond’s attempt to boost his site, it has to be said that many fans will be disappointed to hear that they won’t be able to follow it on the RIO site itself.

It will be livestreamed on the RIO TwitchTV site, four hours per day for five days, but again there is a downside

Nevertheless, it should still be an excellent spectacle for fans of the game, many wondering if Galfond can turn back the clock to his online glory beasting days and take down the young online upstart.

There will be plenty of betting on the outcome of the challenge matches, the current odds for Galfond vs VeniVidi1993 looking like this on

  • Galfond 2.12 6/5 +112
  • VeniVidi 1.75 3/4 -133

The side bets across the six, possibly seven matchesLuke Schwartz as we reported last week a possible challenger after a crazy Twitter session – could amount to several $million.

Should the unthinkable happen and Phil loses some or all of them to some degree or another, he is unlikely to turn to his wife Farah to bail him out by crushing the tables!


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