Chance Kornuth Reveals Start Date for Galfond Challenge Match

Fans waiting for Chance Kornuth’s tilt at Phil Galfond in his PLO Challenge will have to hang on until September, with the 34-year old Denver-born pro set to bag a $1million sidebet if he beats the RunItOnce boss.

By: Andrew Burnett

Kornuth told CardPlayer magazine that talks with Galfond had “finalized recently” with “a penalty in place if one of us is unable to start on the date we’ve now agreed upon, which is September 16.

The two will face-off over 35,000 hands of €100-€200 PLO, with Kornuth getting 4-1 on the sidebet, putting up $250k against Galfond’s cool $1million.

Despite the great odds, Kornuth is well aware that no-one has yet managed to defeat the RIO boss, although he admits: “It is nice to have information about his game and really seeing how he’s been playing, which will help me with my decisions.”

Galfond has so far seen off the challenges of VeniVidi1993 and ActionFreak, winning a mini-challenge against Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates as well.

In April, his opening challenge match saw him falling €900k behind against his anonymous online foe VeniVidi1993, but somehow managing the match around to complete a remarkable comeback victory - winning €12,371, plus €100k from their sidebet.

The next challenger, Greek pro Ioannis 'ActionFreak' Kontonatsios, put up a good fight but was never able to close an early gap that Galfond built – eventually losing the 15k hands match at stakes of €150/300 by €114,803. Galfond also pocketed a €150k sidebet.

Jungleman was next on the list for Galfond, a warm-up for their full challenge match seeing Phil take €86,870 from Cates in a session of 754 hands at €100/€200 PLO.

A couple of sessions against Bill Perkins at $100/$200 PLO is also in the bag, and Galfond’s $90k lead means his challenges have brought more than €500,000 in profit so far.

Can Kornuth turn the tide when he finally gets his shot at the champ?

With excellent form late last year – including three runner-up finishes at the Poker Masters, one in PLO – and a delayed WPT Main Event final table this year still to look forward to, he’s certainly got a shot at being the first to topple Galfond.


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