The latest Galfond Challenge match between Phil Galfond and Chance Kornuth is on hold for an unusual reason — Kornuth is waiting on a deposit limit increase on WSOP.com after suffering another poor session on Saturday. Galfond is currently in the midst of a winning streak since October 1st.
— Chance Kornuth (@ChancesCards) October 3, 2020
Kornuth tweeted that he hopes to have the issue settled soon so that the pair could begin playing as early as Friday. Kornuth reiterated that timetable on Tuesday saying that positive signs point to resumption in two days. So far, the pair have missed their scheduled sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.
We received a very positive update today and have a high likelihood of being able to resize this Friday! https://t.co/u1PwnWKgzJ
— Chance Kornuth (@ChancesCards) October 6, 2020
A tough week for Kornuth
Six days into the Challenge, Kornuth was down a modest $32,000 after suffering from a deficit of around $100,000 the previous day. However, since that winning session, it was a tough stretch for Kornnuth, as he lost $117k, $28k and $108k, respectively, over the last few days. He now seems himself down approximately $280,000 after 6,600 hands.
There is still a lot of poker to be played, however. Galfond and Kornuth have agreed to play 35,000, hands meaning the Challenge is still less than 20% of the way through. In Galfond’s heads-up match against Venividi, he famously staged a dramatic comeback from a deficit of over €900,000 while having fewer hands remaining.
But despite the tough stretch of play for Kornuth, the accomplished player ,who has accumulated more than $7.4 million in live tournament wins, seems to be taking the losing sessions in stride:
— Chance Kornuth (@ChancesCards) October 2, 2020
Future WSOP issues?
The match between Galfond and Kornuth won’t be the only high profile heads-up match on WSOP.com this fall.
Over the last few days, rivals Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu have agreed to terms on their long-awaited grudge match with a start date set for November 1st.
Hopefully whatever is causing the delay is not an omen for this heads-up match.