Phil Galfond Holds Narrow Lead In High-Stakes Poker Showdown With Chance Kornuth

Three-time Globe Series of Poker arm band victor and also high-stakes cash money game tale Phil Galfond issued a challenge to the poker world in late 2019, offering to set up a series of organized heads-up suits, each with a considerable side bet on the end result.

Galfond secured the terms for a total amount of at the very least 6, potentially seven matches. So far he has actually prevailed versus his initial two challengers, installing a EUR900,000 comeback to beat ‘VeniVidi1993’ at the buzzer and afterwards leading wire-to-wire versus Ioannis ‘ActionFreak’ Kontonatsios.’.

Currently Galfond is 4,850 hands into an additional suit, this moment facing off against two-time WSOP bracelet victor Opportunity Kornuth.

Both pros are set to play a total amount of 35,000 hands of EUR100-EUR200 heads-up pot-limit Omaha, with action happening at 2 tables playing at the same time up until the agreed-upon quantity of hands have been finished. The side wager for this specific suit is the biggest of any one of the 6 suits with settled terms, with Galfond setting up EUR1 million to Kornuth’s EUR250,000 on which of them will be in advance when the dirt resolves.

The match officially started on Sept. 23, 2020, with Kornuth winning EUR33,500 throughout 750 hands. The following day both played an additional 850 hands, with Galfond scheduling a EUR45,000 win for the session to take the outright lead. Galfond included an additional EUR67,000 in revenue throughout the next session to prolong his cause around 4 buy-ins. The complying with day Kornuth wound up EUR20,000 to finish the first team of four successive day-to-day sessions stuck EUR58,500.

Galfond banked another EUR43,500 in jackpots the following session to expand his lead to EUR102,000 heading into the 6th day of activity, but Kornuth bounced back with the largest revenue gained by either gamer so far, reclaiming EUR70,000 by the end of the day.

The crucial hand transpired half an hour right into the day when Kornuth dragged a pot well worth over EUR43,000 by making a hero telephone call with just third set encountering a river push from Galfond. Galfond grabbed 10Diamond Suit9Spade Suit5Heart Suit3Diamond Match on the button as well as raised to EUR600. Kornuth three-bet to EUR1,800 from the big blind with 10Heart Suit9Heart Suit7Club Suit6Spade Suit as well as Galfond called.

The flop came down 8Diamond Suit7Diamond Suit3Heart Fit as well as Kornuth inspected his second pair and cover straight draw. Galfond wagered EUR1,800 right into the pot of EUR3,598 with his flush draw, straight draw and lower set. Kornuth made the call and also the turn brought the 2Spade Fit. Kornuth check-called once more, this time around to the tune of EUR7,200.

The QClub Fit on the river saw both gamers miss their attracts. Kornuth checked to Galfond, that moved all-in for EUR10,882 right into the pot of EUR21,598. Kornuth went into the storage tank for virtually a minute prior to he eventually made the call with 3rd set to win the large pot. You can take a look at the hand, transmitted by Henry Kilbane and also Card Gamer reporter Nathan Wager, in a Twitch clip below.
When all was said as well as done, Kornuth had actually reduced Galfond’s lead to EUR32,000 after 4,850 hands played. Both still have a long way to go, with 30,150 hands left before their match is formally wrapped up.

Along with his match with Kornuth, Galfond is additionally technically in the middle of playing entrepreneur Expense Perkins. They had played 2 sessions of $100-$ 200 pot-limit Omaha back in April, with Galfond taking a $90,144.05 lead, but have actually not played a main session given that.

Below is a look at all seven challenges and the details regarding stakes and side bets:

Opponent Stakes Game Sidebet Hands Result
Bill Perkins & Thirst Lounge Streamers €100-€200 PLO $800K:$200K 50,000 TBD
Brandon Adams €100-€200 PLO €150K:€100K 40 Hours Of live Poker TBD
Chance Kornuth €100-€200 PLO €1M:€250K 35,000 TBD
Dan Cates €100-€200 PLO TBD 7,500 TBD
ActionFreak €150-€300 PLO €150K:€150K 15,000 Galfond Victory (€114,765.66 profit)
VeniVidi1993 €100-€200 PLO €200K:€100K 25,000 Galfond Victory (€1,472.08 profit)
Luke Schwartz €1,000-€2,000 8-Game TBD TBD TBD

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