Two New Poker Players Accept Phil Galfond’s Heads-Up Challenge

Last Updated on January 15, 2020 Author:Gabrielle Monet

Galfond ChallengeIn November 2019, Run It Once founder Phil Galfond issued a heads-up challenge to poker players from all over the world.

After more than a month since announcing the challenge, a total of six actual matches have been confirmed, the first of which will kick off a week from now.

The challenge will take place according to specific conditions set by Galfond – the game will be played in PLO heads-up format, within the $100/$200 to $300/$600 limits. The matches involve different bets and also vary in the number of minimum hands to be played.

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Galfond has yet to announce who his first rival will be in the upcoming January 22 battle, but the current line-up includes high-stakes poker player and hedge fund manager Bill Perkins who will play over 50,000 hands against Galfond in €100/€200 PLO. If one of them loses $400,000, the game will be stopped. For this match, Galfond is putting in $800,000 against Perkins’ $200,000.

Another high-profile player taking on the challenge is two-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner Chance Kornuth, who is also the founder of poker training site Chip Leader Coaching (CLC). Kornuth and Galfond will play at €100/€200 PLO, over 25,000 hands. The match involves a much higher bet – if Kornuth wins, Galfond will pay him €1 million. Otherwise, Galfond gets €250,000.

Potential Matches On Offer

Galfond will also compete with “Venividi1993” over 25,000 hands, at the limits of €100/€200. If Galfond ends up as the winner, he gets €100,000, while his opponent takes home €150,000 if Galfond loses.

Another player known by the nickname “ActionFreak” will play €150/€300 PLO over 25,000 hands against Galfond. Whoever wins will walk away with €150,000. High-stakes poker pro Dan “Jungleman” Cates will also be taking part in the challenge but with special conditions – both players will play 7,500 hands at €100/€200 limits.

Galfond is also set to take on American poker player and Harvard University lecturer Brandon Adams, with both playing $100/$200 PLO over 40 hours. If Galfond wins, he takes home $100,000; otherwise, Adams will walk away with $150,000.

The lineup is still subject to change though as Galfond has found two more interested participants – Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong, and English poker pro Luke Schwartz.

Schwartz recently went on a Twitter spree, labelling the Galfond challenge and its participants as “pigeons“. Galfond did not let it pass and offered to play $1,000-$2,000 8-game mix against Schwartz who said “Yes“. Further details of the match are expected to be released soon.

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