‘VeniVidi1993’ Books Win, Cuts Deficit in Half, in Galfond Challenge

“VeniVidi1993” racked up a €34,580 win on Tuesday in a shortened Galfond Challenge session. The profitable day helped the online poker pro erase nearly half of his deficit against Phil Galfond.

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Phil Galfond and “VeniVidi1993” continue to trade jabs in the Galfond Challenge. (Image: Twitch/runitoncepoker)

On Monday, Galfond finally finished a day with an overall lead for the first time. He trailed by €900,000 back in February before absolutely destroying his opponent over the past month-plus.

But “VeniVidi1993,” an online pro whose name isn’t publicly known, didn’t just accidentally run up a huge lead over one of the top PLO players ever. He’s clearly a talented player, so this match is far from over.

Galfond Challenge Winding Down

We’re getting down to the nitty-gritty in the first Galfond Challenge. With just 2,311 hands remaining out of 25,000, the excitement is picking up. If you haven’t been watching the back-and-forth battle on Twitch, now is the time to start. The contest is beginning to wind down and should be complete within a week.

After 36 sessions, Tuesday’s being the most recent, Galfond holds a €46,484 lead over “VeniVidi1993,” through 22,689 hands. Once the two talented players complete 25,000 hands of €100/€200 Pot-Limit Omaha on Run it Once, the poker site founded by Phil Galfond, to loser must then ship his opponent a six-figure side bet.

In most sessions, the competitors are playing between 500-800 hands. But on Tuesday they agreed to a shortened session of just 222 hands, far and away the quickest day in the 36-session Galfond Challenge.

Quick or not, “VeniVidi1993” should be feeling good about his performance on Day 36, or at least his results. He racked up a much needed, five-figure win, nearly the equivalent of two buy-ins. And with that, he now trails Galfond by just under €47,000, a much better position than his €80,000 deficit a day ago.

The bad news for “VeniVidi1993” is that he hasn’t won back-to-back sessions since Feb. 8-9. Including his loss on Tuesday, Galfond is 15-6 since the challenge resumed following a month-long break.

That said, a €47,000 deficit in a high-variance game such as PLO can quickly be erased at such high stakes. All it will take is a few big hands, and Galfond could find himself back in the hole. Suffice it to say, the conclusion of the Galfond Challenge is going to be interesting.

Written by
Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.

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