Galfond Takes a €250,000 Hit in PLO Challenge Against ActionFreak

PLO is often described as one of the swingiest games in town and Phil Galfonds PLO Challenge match against ActionFreak seems to support that theory – a massive €256,044 session going the way of the anonymous online pro barely a day after he lost €165k…

By: Andrew Burnett


The pair have been trading blows every second day or so at stakes of €150-300 for a couple of weeks now, the match set for 15,000 hands with a €150,000 sidebet resting on the outcome.

Monday’s day 9 session was Galfond’s worst to date, and although it didn’t quite reach the €310,595 he himself won in session3, it showed that no-one is ever truly down and out in PLO.

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ActionFreak must have been worried that things would continue as they had finished the previous session, Galfond seemingly unable to miss in the big pots, as the first stack went astray on the river again…

Galfond: 8♠ 8♥ 7♥ 2♠
ActionFreak: 9♣ 9♦ 7♠ 5♣
Flop: 8♦ 3♥ 2♥
Turn: 9♠
River: 8♣

That was a €69,042 pot for the RunItOnce boss, but it didn’t last, ActionFreak fighting back and emerging €256,044 up when the 721-hand session ended, this late big pot helping his comeback quest…

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ActionFreak: 10♥ 4♥ 10♦ 3♦
Galfond: K♥ 10♣ 9♦ 5♦
Board: 8♥ 2♦ 7♠ 5♥ A♥

Day 10 of the match is underway as this goes to press, and Galfond’s €178,249.27 lead could be under pressure if ActionFreak can land another big session as they near the halfway point.

Day 1 145 AF €11,162.32
Day 2 1,017 PG €3,632.83
Day 3 844 PG €310,594.59
Day 4 665 PG €113,377.48
Day 5 680 AF €95,304.17
Day 6 727 AF €74,625.85
Day 7 746 PG €26,980.36
Day 8 944 PG €165,093.85
Day 9 721 AF €256,044
Total 6,496 PG €178,249.27

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