Phil Galfond beats ActionFreak
Phil Galfond and the unknown high stakes crusher ActionFreak agreed to play 15k hands in PLO€150/€300 with a €150k : €150k side bet.
The 15,000 hands were played across 20 sessions. Each player won the same number of sessions, but Galfond managed to stay positive after all the games.
Run It Once Poker hosted the first four sessions, but then Phil stated that ActionFreak was having trouble moving such amounts of money and that the match switch to partypoker, where the villain plays under the nickname "L.Kontonatsios."
The game resumed at partypoker on May 4, and although the tables were in USD, they decided to keep the math in EUR without using any exchange rate.
Galfond won a €310k session on April 30, and ActionFreak did the same on May 11, winning €254 from Phil. The last session was commented on live by Henry Kilbane and Jamie Kerstetter
The last minutes were exciting due to a deep run on ActionFreak that could challenge the results at any time. The final 30 hands were played at one table.
|April 28||1017||€3.632,38||Phil Galfond|
|April 30||844||€310.594,59||Phil Galfond|
|May 1||665||€113.377,48||Phil Galfond|
|May 7||746||€26.735,86||Phil Galfond|
|May 9||946||€164.454,85||Phil Galfond|
|May 12||776||€18.987,85||Phil Galfond|
|May 16||716||€48.161,76||Phil Galfond|
|May 21||832||€165.417,31||Phil Galfond|
|May 22||674||€179.545,58||Phil Galfond|
|May 24||842||€135.240,32||Phil Galfond|
After the match ended, Galfond joined a phone call with the hosts to discuss the results of the overall match.
Phil confirmed that before starting the final day, he was sure about the end result because he had enough advantage to use different strategies.
Phil Galfond won the challenge against ActionFreak by €114,803, winning also the €150,000 side bet.
What did change was the popularity of the stream; the final match against VeniVidi had almost 10k viewers, but today's match had about 3k people watching it.
This could mean that while the poker community is still interested in the results of the challenge, attending endless sessions isn't a popular plan.
Phil has won three matches in a row, and we could say he is on a hot streak not only at the tables but also in the media, where his epic comeback against VeniVidi reached the ESPN headlines. So far, Phil had beat:
- Mini-Challenge against Jungleman;
Galfond is also winning the match against Bill Perkins, but they have no schedule, and there is no information on where the challenge will end; most likely, the 50k hands won't be played, and the stop loss of $400k will define the winner. Now there are only three opponents left:
- Chance Kornuth;
- Brandom Adams.
There is no kick-off date for other matches, but considering that for the previous one, Galfond took a few days off, the next battle is likely to start next week.
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