It’s been a wild week since our last update on Phil Galfond’s heads-up challenge match with Chance Kornuth. Two days after Kornuth put up his largest victory, Galfond has followed the session with two winning sessions putting him up over $200k for the first time of the challenge.

Here’s a look at how the last week played out:

(go here for Days 1-3)

Day 4:

Galfond began Day 4 last Saturday with a lead around $80k after 2,500 hands. The pair returned to play another 750 hands with Galfond losing around $20,000 on the session. Despite the down session, Galfond still finished the day up just under $60,000 overall.

The Thallo Twitch stream took on the coverage for Day 4:

Day 5:

On Tuesday, the pair picked things up after a two-day break to play another 800 hands. This time it was Galfond’s turn to come out ahead, rebounding with a $43,500 winning session. Kornuth had been down over $100,000 at one point during the session. The win put Galfond up just over $100,000 after approximately 3,300 hands.

The Day 5 stream doesn’t seem to be available at this time, but you can check out highlights here:

Day 6:

On Wednesday, Galfond suffered the biggest loss of the Challenge after finishing down $70,000 after about 800 hands, playing strong during the first and last past of the session. The tough session put Kornuth within striking distance overall, just $32,000 ahead after 4,100 or so hands.

Henry Kilbane picked up the official stream again with Nathan Gamble commentating.

Here are the highlights from Day 6:

Day 7:

One day after having his worse session of the Kornuth Challenge, Galfond rebounded in spectacular fashion, having his best session on Thursday. The pair played another 750 hands with Galfond winning $117,000 over the session, putting him up $149,000 overall after 4800 hands.

Check out the Day 7 highlights here:

Day 8:

Galfond continued his winning ways on Friday, finishing up a strong session up around $70,000 after another 800 or so hands. With the victory, Galfond crossed the $200k profit mark for the first time of the Challenge and is believed to be up around $220,000 overall with about 5,600 hands played.

Henry Kilbane was again joined by Nathan Gamble to commentate on the five and a half-hour session.

Coming up next

With the Galfond Challenge match with Chance Kornuth only 1/6th of the way done, there is still a lot of poker to be played. Galfond and Kornuth will pick things up again on Saturday for Session 9, set to begin at 1:30 PM ET. The session will again be moved through the Henry Kilbane Twitch stream as O8Grinder will join him in the booth with commentary.

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