The first break in the Galfond Challenge
Our last update about the Galfond Challenge was on February 4, and at that time, Phil accounted for €550,000 in losses in 10 sessions. In that article, we referred to how was Galfond handling such a massive downswing.
- On February 4, Phil shared that he had the first day of positive AIEV;
- The next day, Galfond had the only positive result in the challenge, winning €87,940.91.
In short, the future seemed bright then, and even some predicted that Galfond would rise like a Phoenix. Phil himself shared his thoughts on the good sessions.
Galfond Challenge Session
But the joy didn't last long, as VeniVidi literally crushed Phil in the next session, losing €267,949.70, the worst day of the challenge, followed by another two bad days that represented €140k.
Today, Galfond is down €900k and announced via his Twitter account that he was taking a break:
Unfortunately, my downswing in the first #GalfondChallenge has very much continued. I'm taking a step back to do some thinking
I was very proud of the way I'd handled a very unfortunate run.
In my last couple of sessions, I could tell that I'd abandoned my gameplan for plays that felt better (emotionally), and I couldn't seem to gather my thoughts coherently, or to make reads like I normally do. I was playing scared.
Phil confessed that he was suffering from depression, recognized that VeniVidi was a great player, and decided to take a break until March 1. Galfond must pay €3k for every non-played session, six days in February, according to him.
We will keep you posted when Phil shares his final decision: keep playing against VeniVidi, or throw in the towel and move on to another challenge (in theory against Bill Perkins).
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