Miracles do Happen as Phil Galfond Holds 6 figure Lead Over VeniVidi1993

On a day described as Miracle Monday, Phil Galfond completed an amazing comeback to take the lead for the first time in his online PLO Challenge match against VeniVidi1993.

By: Andrew Burnett

As we reported earlier this week, Galfond had fought his way back from a €900,000 deficit to grab a temporary lead mid-session against his anonymous opponent.

However, by the end of the day he was still down some €40k or so, and VeniVidi stretched that by another €28k the following day as the match crossed the 20,000-hand milestone, with just 5k hands left to play.

Galfond, however, took day 34’s session by a similar amount and then yesterday blew a hole in VV’s defences to book a €121,486 session victory, crossing into overall profit territory for the first time since the match started.



The RunItOnce boss dominated the 758-hand session, landing several huge pots including one of €35,826 when VeniVidi bluffed into Galfond’s rivered full house.

Despite this incredible turn of events, Galfond is not getting too excited just yet, well aware that final 3000 hands could yet see him lose the match and the €200,000 sidebet.

If he can hold on, however, he will pocket another €100,000 from his foe and complete a historic comeback.



Here are the day-by-day breakdowns of the Galfond-VeniVidi match:

1 655    VV €75,527
2 715    PG   2,615
3 557    VV   84,437
4 581    VV   17,544
5 726    VV   155,063
6 703    VV   13
7 823    VV   52,057
8 940    VV   60,743
9 446    VV   12,706
10 696    VV   100,993
11 741    VV   15,647
12 622    PG   87,940
13 470    VV   267,949
14 593    VV   48,473
15 659    VV   102,593
16 574    PG   183,481
17 582    VV 21,571
18 555    PG   27,198
19 638    PG   26,018
20 566    PG   92,803
21 576    PG   3,766
22 556    VV   88,465
23 598    PG   23,821
24 628    PG   19,099
25 664    PG   139,485
26 539    PG   110,752
27 645    VV   76,026
28 503    PG   140,979
29 642    PG   85,271
30 777    VV   26,992
31 393    PG   106,328
32 664    PG   113,680
33 632    VV   28,538
34 680    PG   28,722
35 758    PG   121,486

 

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