The latest incarnation of the Galfond Challenge got underway on Wednesday with Phil Galfond so far continuing his winning ways against opponent Chance Kornuth. After three days of play, Galfond currently leads by approximately $80k, giving him an early boost that he has not always had in other Heads-up Galfond Challenge matches.
The pair are in the early stages of a 35,000 hand match at $100/$200 Pot Limit Omaha which is expected to be played over the next couple of months with the winner of the match also set to receive a lucrative side bet. If Galfond wins, he will receive an additional $250k over his table winnings while if Kornuth wins he will receive an additional $1 million over his winnings.
Let’s take a look at how things unfolded on WSOP.com with Galfond playing as “HeyGuys” and Kornuth playing under the “BingShui” alias.
Despite the strong start, things didn’t go Galfond’s way in the first few hundred hands on Wednesday. During Day 1 of the Challenge, Galfond and Kornuth played 750 hands with Galfond finishing the day down an estimated $33,500. Coverage of Day 1 was streamed by O8Grinder for the five-hour session:
The pair picked things up again on Thursday with, this time with Galfond making a strong comeback. They played even more hands, 850 to be exact, with Galfond winning around $45,000. The strong session was enough to put Galfond easily in the green overall, allowing him to start Friday’s session with a $11,500 lead.
Check out the highlights of the match from Day 2 below:
Friday’s action began around 1:30 PM ET with Galfond and Kornuth playing around 700 hands. After around five hours of play, Galfond booked a win around $67k, finishing up for the second day in a row.
Poker fans can watch a replay of this session on Twitch, which was streamed by Thallo. An archive of the session is separated under two different videos.
Overall, Galfond finds himself up to a lead of around $80,000 through 2300 hands or so. Day 4 of the Challenge is slated for Saturday and set to begin around 1:30 PM ET. Fans of the Galfond Challenge can stay up with the latest updates by following Phil Galfond, Run It Once Poker and Chance Kornuth on Twitter. At this point, there has been no official stream broadcasting the results, with volunteer Twitch streamers such as O8Grinder and Thallo picking up the slack.
Despite the results thus far, both players seem to enjoy their role in the Challenge through the first three days:
— Chance Kornuth (@ChancesCards) September 25, 2020
Back at it tomorrow!
— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) September 25, 2020