Since we last updated you on the Galfond Challenge a couple of weeks ago, Chance Kornuth has continued his turnaround and now sees himself as not only taking the lead but is now up by $234,000 over 16 sessions and 8,500 hands as of Thursday’s session.

Galfond and Kornuth have played sporadically during the last half of October, but Kornuth is taking advantage by winning 6 out of the last 7 sessions, a nearly $400,000 swing in Kornuth’s favor during that time. It’s been a tough run for Galfond, but remember he did come back from a €900,000 deficit against Venividi. Plus with 8,500 hands played and a 35,000 required from the challenge, it’s not even 25% over.

The pair took a break after Thursday’s session and are expected to be back on the virtual felt next Tuesday.

To see how we got here, check out our previous Galfond Challenge updates:

Days 1-3
Days 4-8
Days 9-11

Day 12

On October 20th, Chance Kornuth began Day 12 of the Challenge down $111,000. However, thanks to an incredible session where he won $150,000, Kornuth took the overall lead after playing 549 hands during the session. The winning day put Kornuth ahead for the first time to end a session since Day 1. The $150k loss for Galfond marked his worst day of the Kornuth portion of the Galfond Challenge.

Check out highlights of the session below:

Day 13

Galfond and Kornuth returned the next day with the results proving to be the worse yet for Galfond. Over 500 hands, Galfond lost $157,000, which beat his record for the biggest loss for the second straight day. By the end of the session, Galfond was down a total of $190,000.

The A-team of Henry Kilbane and Nathan Gamble commentated during the 4.5 hour session:

Another day of highlights can be found here:

Day 14

Phil Galfond struggled for a third straight day on October 22nd with Galfond losing another $99,000 to give him a $289,000 overall deficit. The pair played another 500 hands on the day; and not only had Galfond lost three days in a row, but it meant that Galfond had lost the last five sessions dating back to October 10th.

Kilbane and Gamble were at the mic for the 4-hour session:

Highlights of the session can be found below:

Day 15

Phil Galfond broke his losing streak when the pair returned this week on October 27th with Galfond winning $90,000 on the day, recovering almost all the losses from the previous day. Galfond and Kornuth played 500 hands during the session with Kornuth up $199,000 overall.

Thallo and John Beauprez took over coverage on the day for the long session, with the Galfond/Kornuth Challenge starting around the 40 minute mark:

Day 15 highlights can be found courtesy of the Run It Once Poker YouTube Channel.

Day 16

They played for the second day in a row on Wednesday with a relatively flat session. Kornuth and Galfond played 600 hands with a modest loss of $35,000 from Galfond, the second-best session for Galfond since October 3rd. Through 16 days of the Galfond Challenge, they have played an estimated 8,500 hands with Galfond sitting down about $234,000 heading into Tuesday.

Only a brief portion of the session was covered by Kilbane and Gamble:

Check out a short compilation of highlights below:

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