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Phil Galfond Eyeing His Own Online Poker Room

Poker Pro Says He Wants Fair, Honest, Transparent' Site


On Thursday, high-stakes poker pro Phil Galfond took to his blog to announce plans to open his own online poker room that would be affiliated with his training site.

The post was titled “A Poker Site Should” and went on to speak generally about what an online poker site should do to cater to all categories of player. It offered no details about his business plan, but he said that the site wouldn’t accept US players.

“It should value the casual player for the money he’s willing to put on the line to play a game he loves,” Galfond wrote. “For choosing poker over other hobbies, and for choosing their site over other sites. It should value the enthusiast and semi-professional for the liquidity they provide and for growing the game. For spreading the word, across different mediums, about their favorite site. It should value the professional for embodying the dream that brings so many people to poker. For proving that poker is a game of skill. For promoting the game of poker to their fans, students, followers or subscribers.”

He continued: “A poker site needs to believe in the dream of poker as a career. It shouldn’t cater to professionals over other players, but it must make every policy change with the viability of the dream in mind.”

He went on to describe other business practices for his ideal “fair, honest [and] transparent” poker site, and concluded that he’s “going to give it my best shot.”

In a comment he posted below the blog post, he said that “this is something I am passionate about and have been working towards for a long time.”

“I know it’s a monumental task,” Galfond continued. “I understand the risks and believe we have the right team in place to make it happen […] We’re still several months from launch.”

Galfond is a World Series of Poker bracelet winner and has roughly $10 million in lifetime winnings playing cash games on Full Tilt and PokerStars. Under the ownership of Amaya Gaming, PokerStars announced changes to its rake and VIP rewards program last year that were met with some criticism from the high-stakes poker community.

Galfond’s training site is called Run it Once



over 4 years ago

We will see what Phil will manage to do :)