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Luke Schwartz's Twitter Beef Results In Final Match Of Galfond Challenge

British Poker Pro Challenges High-Stakes Legend To Heads-Up Mixed Games


The first six poker players to negotiate and accept a match in the Galfond Challenge did so without much controversy. The seventh and final player to accept a heads-up match against high-stakes legend Phil Galfond did so after a little public goading.

Over the weekend, high-stakes British pro Luke Schwartz went on a tweeting spree. As a joke to the Solve For Why poker training site, the 39-year-old started nearly all of his tweets with “Solve for why” followed by a question mocking someone in the poker world.

“Solve for why I’m a favourite on 98% of the different games available to be played on stars after never ever studying” and “Solve for why mericer insists on looking like Jesus these days and all 40 pound of Gordo only ever wears a vest” were just a few of the countless tweets he sent on Sunday.

Then he sent one that caught the eye of Galfond himself.

While Galfond had originally set out to play only pot-limit Omaha, the tweet from Schwartz changed his mind. The 34-year-old American offered to play $1,000-$2,000 8-game mix instead of just Omaha against his British counterpart, who won the $10,000 2-7 triple draw.

All of Galfond’s other challenges have side bets and an allotted number of hands to play. Schwartz offered to lay Galfond odds, but Galfond offered an even money side bet of $250,000 over 15,000 hands.

Like every other match, whoever is up at the end of the set number of hands wins the money they are up, as well as the side bet. Either party can quit at either point during the match, but would automatically lose the side bet. All of these matches will be played on Galfond’s new site, Run It Once Poker.

Even though Galfond offered very specific details and Schwartz accepted, the bet hasn’t been finalized yet and nothing formal has been announced. That hasn’t stopped some of poker’s elite from gambling on the online poker 777 casino results.

Bryn Kenney quote tweeted Schwartz’s first tweet to Galfond where he initiated the challenge, while asking “How can you turn this down?” That sparked some side action when Dan Smith offered to “mirror the bet for 10% of the stakes.” Smith wanted to bet on Galfond while Kenney would take Schwartz’s side.

Former high-stakes poker pro Jason Mo, who has more than $2 million in career tournament earnings, swooped offered to mirror the bet for 100% of the action. Kenney accepted.

In late December, Galfond accepted the fifth and sixth matches of his challenge. Just before Christmas, Galfond accepted an even money side bet against another high-stakes online pro “ActionFreak.” The duo will play 15,000 hands of €150-€300 pot-limit Omaha for €150,000.

Just before the new year, Chance Kornuth accepted a match with Galfond. Kornuth, who is the only coach from another training site to square off against Galfond, will play 35,000 hands of €100-€200 pot-limit Omaha. Galfond is putting up €1 million to Kornuth’s €250,000. Kornuth is one of the co-founders and lead coaches at Chip Leader Coaching.

Once Schwartz’s match is confirmed, Galfond will have his seven matches set. Bill Perkins and his group of Twitch streamers were the first to accept the match. It was closely followed by Dan Cates, Brandon Adams and online pro “Venividi1993.”

Here are the details of all seven of Galfond’s challenges:

Opponent Stakes Game Sidebet Hands
Bill Perkins & Thirst Lounge Streamers €100-€200 PLO $800K:$200K 50,000
Brandon Adams €100-€200 PLO €150K:€100K 40 Hours Of live Poker
Chance Kornuth €100-€200 PLO €1M:€250K 35,000
Dan Cates €100-€200 PLO TBD 7,500
“ActionFreak” €150-€300 PLO €150K:€150K 15,000
“VeniVidi1993” €100-€200 PLO €200K:€100K 25,000
Luke Schwartz €1,000-€2,000 8-Game TBD TBD