Phil Galfond Completes Miraculous Comeback to Win First PLO Challenge Match

Phil Galfond has won his PLO Challenge match against VeniVidi1993 after a remarkable fightback, winning €12,371.08 plus €100k from their sidebet in a scintillating finish to the highstakes online battle on Easter Sunday…

By: Andrew Burnett

Down over €900k halfway through the first of his heads-up challenge matches, Galfond had miraculously clawed his way back over the past two weeks.

Entering yesterday’s final session, the RIO boss was trailing by just €8,171 in the $100/$200 battle with just 698 hands left – a sidebet of Galfond’s €200k against his anonymous foe’s €100k on the line.



More than 20k viewers tuned in to the streamed action on TwitchTV, Joe Stapleton, David Tuchman and Joe Ingram providing commentary as the match came down to its final 100 hands, Galfond still down but by just a few €k.

One of the biggest questions was whether either player could produce a large enough lead in the closing stages to allow them to just fold their way to victory.

Hand 24,926 provided the answer – Galfond rivering a full house and when VeniVidi eventually called Phil’s pot bet, only to see the bad news, it was all over.

With Phil instantly ‘Sitting Out’, the commentary team scrambled to check the figures – and the news came back that Galfond’s session lead of €20,542.75, putting him €12,371.08 up overall, was enough.

Phil’s wife Farah was captured on camera, almost in tears of joy, as the final hand played out…

…and almost immediately Twitter was lit with congratulations for one of poker’s nicest guys

Next up for Galfond – after a decent break to recover we presume – is Bill Perkins, the billionaire poker-loving amateur in the market for a coach it seems!

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

Day Hands Session winner Amount €
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
36 592    VV   34,580
37 883    VV   78,237
38 734    PG   23,581
39 625    PG   20,542
Final Total 24,926 PG   €12,371

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