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Online Poker: Galfond, Blom In $240,000 Pot

Poker Pros Play Session Of $300-$600 PLO This Weekend

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The biggest pot in March from the high stakes online poker world came yesterday in a vicious match between Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.

The action began with Galfond ($120,000) raising the button to $1,600. Blom ($200,000) three-bet to $5,400, and Galfond made the call. The flop fell JClub Suit 3Diamond Suit 2Diamond Suit.

Blom fired $7,200, and Galfond just called.

The 7Spade Suit landed on the turn.

Blom barreled again, this time for $16,800. Galfond made it $75,600. Blom elected to put the Maryland native all-in for around $32,000 more. Galfond, of course, made the call.

The cards were tabled, and Blom held the ASpade Suit AClub Suit KDiamond Suit QDiamond Suit, while Galfond exposed the JHeart Suit 9Heart Suit 7Heart Suit 4Heart Suit. Blom had the commanding lead on the flop, but the turn gave Galfond two pair. According to Card Player’s pot-limit Omaha odds calculator, Galfond’s hand holds about 65 percent of the time. The pair elected to run it twice, however.

The first river was the QClub Suit, which was safe for Galfond. The second river brought 10Heart Suit — also a card that was not what the Swede needed.

Galfond raked in the massive $240,000 hand.

Despite losing that hand (also the sixth largest so far in 2014), Bloom managed to be up around $300,000 when the match against Galfond was over, according to HighstakesDB.

As of Monday, Blom was up around $1 million on 2014, while Galfond was in the hole nearly $1.2 million. Their match together this weekend reportedly lasted 12 hours.

They were playing four tables of $300-$600.

 
 
 
 

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SpencerTracey
over 3 years ago

J974 of hearts?...wow, would never have guessed that would have been Galfond's hand.

 
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myowngame
over 3 years ago

preflop 61-38 blom, post flop 77-22 blom, gotta love getting it all in real bad and then still being able to pay off my house. I will need some backers to play like this though, anyone interested?

awesome strategies here,lol

 
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thebells
over 3 years ago

@myowngame: The money went in on the turn when Galfond was nearly a 2 to 1 favorite. If Galfond saw Blom's hand, he would surely fold. As-played, I'm sure Galfond was pretty sure a J was an out and very sure his two pair outs were all good (thus the flop call). The turn call is immediate and obvious. No sarcasm warranted on the strategy here.

 
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mattrat33
over 3 years ago

@thebells: 1 jack was live as one of the 2 remaining is a diamond. 3 of the 9 two pair outs are diamonds as well. How can you be pretty/very sure of your outs when there is a flush draw and you hold 0 of the suits in your hand?

 
 

thebells
over 3 years ago

@mattrat33: I agree you would have to take away an out or two but not all of them (you can't always assume your opponent has the flush draw or you would be playing too weak). He is most likely very aware of Blom's re-raising range, and he probably believed that flop wasn't likely to hit it very hard. Once he called the re-raise preflop, he wasn't going to simply give up when he flopped top pair in position with that board. My whole point was centered around the fact that he got a significant amount of money in when he was a 1.8:1 favorite. If he doesn't hit on the turn, he likely gives up most of the time (although with position, and it being Phil Galfond, who knows). I noticed that there was a flush draw present and that Phil didn't have it. Those 4 outs aren't clean, and that I agree with. I just don't think Phil played the hand badly. It is a heads-up match and Phil is playing aggressively in position.

 
 

pl2000
over 3 years ago

perfect example why poker is gambling and not a game of skill. just donks who got lucky early on and go all in. there are thousands just as good now broke. galfond shoulf of folded preflop and on flop.

 
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jimmytang
over 3 years ago

Galfond hand preflop is well terrible but these guys have so much games within games mentality that any holding will do but if I had played that I'm a donk - Galfond is a genius - lol...but he did have position.. but that flop call was just so weak - sorry.. he has like 20% equity in that hand... Ouchhh..

But his downswing maybe attributed to this kind of play although he did have position (pre) . I don't see anything good coming out of that holding.

And really it would be interesting to see how Galfond would call it - the poker gods shone on him.

 
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AceupmySlv
over 3 years ago

Sorry bells, no explaining here is going to justify Galfond's play. All you can say is that it was heads up and he gets tired of Blom constantly pushing the action. His hand is a TERRIBLE starting hand and a TERRIBLE hand to be calling a $5400 preflop 3 bet with, even heads up against Blom. He is basically saying he will call ANY preflop hand in this situation that does not involve trips in the hole thus admitting to the outcome of the hand as almost pure luck. The flop call is almost as bad. He has to put Blom on a hand that involves a higher Jack, an overpair, or a big draw. All of those situations make him a pretty big dog at that point. Even a naked over pair could weaken his two pair possibilities by the board pairing low to give him a better two pair. And yes, the a good portion of the money went in on the turn, but that was still only at 65% after he got pretty lucky!

 
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thebells
over 3 years ago

@AceupmySlv: It appears that you have very strong opinions about this hand, yet offer no justification for them. First and foremost, I was pointing out that he did not get it in really bad, but as nearly a 2:1 favorite on the turn. Second, Galfond, perhaps more than almost anyone knows the math behind relative hand strengths both preflop and postflop. Preflop, using the omaha calculator on this site, Blom is a 61.54% to 38.46% favorite (1.6 to 1). Now, Phil had to call $3800 more (since he had already raised to $1600). The pot is now $5400+$1600= $7000. The pot is offering $7000/$3800 or 1.84 to 1. He only needs 1.6 to 1, so mathematically this is a sound call. Actually, even if Blom had double suited aces that didn't involve hearts, he would be a 1.9 to 1 favorite and the pot is nearly offering that to him. I'm just going to stop there, because these are aggressive high stakes cash players playing a HEADS UP match. They raise on the button with a hand you would probably fold. Maybe they do it because they are ignorant degenerates, but you might want to consider that they are playing these games because they have a much deeper understanding of the game and what it takes to win $ at them. You hear and read all the time how important position is. I believe Phil Galfond believes it like a religion and plays accordingly with the knowledge he has of the game and the mathematics associated with it. That's what makes poker interesting. There are plenty of people with opposing viewpoints and everything in between.

 
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thebells
over 3 years ago

@Aceupmyslv: You also mentioned the case of a naked overpair, and that he would be a pretty big dog. Actually, again using the omaha calculator, bare aces is a 60/40 favorite on the flop over Phil's hand. That is not a "pretty big dog". I'm sure Phil put him on a range of hands and acted accordingly. All this is to say that things aren't always as they seem. Sometimes your opponent has the hand you don't want to see. Many times he does not. I believe I have shown that the preflop call was justified mathematically. Once the flop hits him, I don't think he always fold or always calls. If he thinks often that Blom holds an overpair with no diamonds, he calls a certain % of the time. If the board pairs little on the turn, I'm sure he gives up. Regardless, I enjoy the discussion and like to see how other people view the hands and the play.

 
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