Two poker players accept the Phil Galfond Challenge. partypoker Online MILLIONS meets $20 million guarantee. Find these stories and more in the Monday Hit and Run.

The Galfond Challenge will be held in January 2020

Bill Perkins and players from the Thirst Lounge have agreed to play Phil Galfond as part of the Galfond Challenge, which he proposed last month.

As part of an agreement, they will play 50,000 hands of heads-up Pot Limit Omaha at stakes of $100/$200. Should Galfond lose against the Thirst Lounge, he would be on the hook for $800,000 (or $200,000 at 4:1) plus any amount he loses. If Galfond wins after 50,000 hands, he would take home $200,000 plus any winnings. The heads-up match is over if one side wins $400,000 before the 50,000 hands are met.

The heads-up match will be played on Run It Once Poker, the Phil Galfond headed online poker room, in early January.

With only one taker on the challenge, Phil Galfond upped the odds to the challenge to 5:1 which Pot Limit Omaha specalist JNandezPoker accepted on Monday:

Quick hitters

– After drawing 709 players to Flight 1A of the 2019 partypoker MILLIONS Online, another 699 entrants joined the tournament yesterday bringing the total to 1,408. This left 592 players short of the guarantee with two flights on Monday. 377 entries joined the first flight of Monday with another 324 playing the Turbo event later in the day, bringing the total to 2,109 entries, yielding a total prize pool of just over $21 million, falling short of 2018 mark of $21.8 million but still representing the second-largest tournament in online poker history.

Afterward, the flights were followed by “Day 2” in the evening, which is still running with 35 remaining players at the time of this writing. Players who advanced from Day 2 on Monday night will reconvene tomorrow for the final day, which can be viewed live from the partypoker Twitch channel.

– This week, three major PokerStars Sunday tournaments will have buy-ins slashed for this weekend’s tournaments, including for the Sunday Million. This Sunday, the iconic Sunday Million will have its buy-in reduced to $54.50 ($50+$4.50) down from the $100+9 event that has been running since the start of the year. The $250k Sunday Warmup will also have the buy-in decreased from $215 to $107.50 while the $150,000 Sunday Storm buy-in will decrease from $11 to $5.50.

– CardplayerLifestyle takes a look at the history of WSOP Player of the Year winners and the top five best performances since the POY was introduced in 2004 when it was won by Daniel Negreanu.

– Monday’s featured Grinderschool classic poker training video of the day is Episode 2 of Gazellig’s “Key Hands in MTT,” where he goes over key hands over the course of a 5 tournament. In this episode, Gazellig, focuses on the types of hands he likes to open in this stage of the tournament, among other topics.

– Anthony Dunne is the winner of the Mid-Stakes Poker Tour Season 10 finale at Canterbury Park, taking down the $1,100 buy-in event for $155,288 after outlasting 802 entries.

Best poker videos on the Internet

Phil Galfond joins the Brad Owen vlog for a sit-down interview before Owen plays a meet up game from Cadillac Jacks in Deadwood while getting input from Galfond:

Jaime Kerstetter and Marle Cordeiro sit down for the latest episode of The Rake to discuss a variety of poker topics including Jason Koon and Andrew Barber:

Andrew Neeme is back in Las Vegas playing poker where he discusses some hands that put him on tilt:

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