Three Poker Pros To Compete Against RIO Founder In “Galfond Challenge”

Last Updated on December 20, 2019 Author:Gabrielle Monet

Galfond ChallengePhil Galfond has found three more competitors to participate in his “Galfond Challenge“.

The Run It Once (RIO) founder would have had four matches to look forward to but one player backed out of the challenge citing difficulties with preparation.

The three latest challengers are all high-stakes players, including Dan “Jungleman” Cates, Brandon Adams, and online PLO crusher “Venividi1993“. They will compete against Galfond heads-up, with the match kicking off in January, 2020.


Galfond confirmed that his match with online PLO crusher “Venividi1993” had been finalised, and both will play 25,000 hands of €100-€200 PLO online. In this match, the side bet involved is €200,000: €100,000, meaning Galfond is putting his €200,000 on the line, while “Venividi1993” could end up losing an additional €100,000. The player dominating the game at the end of the allotted hands will win the challenge and take home the side bet.

Starting January 22, Galfond and his online PLO crusher opponent will play at least two tables for four hours each day and five days a week until they reach the allotted 25,000 hands. The player who quits before the game is completed will automatically lose the challenge as well as the side bet. The same rule applies to Galfond’s other matches.

While “Venividi1993” real identity remains unknown, he has an impressive online poker record is considered among the best online PLO players. Poker betting site Poker Shares has started accepting bets for the upcoming match, and current stats show that Galfond is the underdog at +125.

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Cates And Adams Also Take the Challenge

Dan Cates also accepted the challenge and he will take on Galfond in an exciting match, playing 7,500 hands of €100-€200 PLO. The side bet is still being worked on, but both players have already confirmed they will stream their game.

Galfond’s first live opponent will be Adams, with a side bet of $150K-$100K. They will hit the live felt this summer and both are also considering streaming the match for their fans around the world.

Fernando “JNandez87” Habegger initially agreed for a match against Galfond earlier this month. But the high-stakes PLO regular later dropped out of the heads-up challenge saying he couldn’t accept his backers’ money as he only intended to play against Galfond purely for fun and education and to promote their brands. Habegger would have been Galfond’s second match had he decided to push through with the challenge.

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