Massive Winning Session Gives Phil Galfond Big Lead Over ‘ActionFreak’ in Galfond Challenge

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Phil Galfond turned a huge profit on the third day of the Galfond Challenge against Greek online pro “ActionFreak.” He left Thursday’s match, played on his Run it Once poker site, with a €310,594 win. He’s now the early favorite to win his second high-stakes PLO challenge in a row.

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Phil Galfond is dominating the second (kind of third) Galfond Challenge. (Image: Run it Once)

The Pot-Limit Omaha specialists have now completed three sessions, accounting for 13.3% of the 15,000 hands they agreed to play. At the end of the €150/€300 cash game competition, the loser must pay the winner an additional €150,000.

A third Galfond Challenge is also currently running. Galfond is in the early stages of a high-stakes battle against Bill Perkins and the Thirst Lounge stream team. Due to scheduling issues with Perkins, the competition against “ActionFreak” will be played more frequently.

Too Early to Get Cocky

Viewers learned a valuable lesson in the first Galfond Challenge against “VeniVidi1993.” Pot-limit Omaha is a game of high-variance, meaning the swings are often massive.

Galfond, at the quarter pole in the 25,000-hand challenge, trailed by €900,000. But he rallied to narrowly defeat his formidable opponent in the final session. The poker site owner is in the midst of another tough test against a talented player, “ActionFreak,” and it’s far too early for him or his fans to celebrate.

Galfond won €310,594 during Thursday’s session, which lasted nearly six hours and 844 hands before the competitors called it a day. The former Full Tilt Poker legend — screen name “OMGClayAiken” — now has a €303,065 lead through 2,006 hands.

“ActionFreak” and Galfond will be back at it again on Friday, May 1. You can catch the session live in its entirety on the Run it Once Poker Twitch channel.

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