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WATCH: High-Stakes Poker Pro Phil Galfond Loses With Quads In $40K Pot

Cooler Situation Cost Galfond Huge Pot During Most Recent "Galfond Challenge" Match Against Chance Kornuth


High-stakes poker legend Phil Galfond was on the wrong end of a cold deck that cost him a $40,000 pot.

During Tuesday’s session of his “Galfond Challenge” heads-up match against Chance Kornuth, Galfond lost with quad fours against Kornuth’s six-high straight flush.

The two are playing $100-$200 pot-limit Omaha on for 35,000 hands. At the end of the match, the winner will earn the money won, along with a hefty side bet. In this match, Kornuth is being laid 4-to-1 on $250,000. If Galfond loses, he’ll tack on a $1 million loss to whatever he lost throughout the course of the battle.

The duo is approaching the halfway point of the match and despite Tuesday’s cooler, Galfond still won $46,000 during the session and is stuck $175,500 to Kornuth thus far.

During yesterday’s cooler, on a board of QClub Suit4Spade Suit2Spade Suit6Spade Suit4Diamond Suit, Galfond check-called $1,200 on the flop and $2,000 on the turn, putting $10,000 in the middle heading to the river. On the river, Galfond checked and Kornuth bet the max amount, $10,000. Galfond moved all in and Kornuth called off his remaining $5,000.

Kornuth showed 5Spade Suit3Spade Suit3Club Suit2Heart Suit and won the pot against Galfond’s 9Spade Suit9Heart Suit4Heart Suit4Club Suit. You can watch the hand in the clip below:

Galfond made an epic comeback to defeat “VeniVidi1993” in his first match and disposed of “ActionFreak” in his second. He is in the midst of a third battle with Bill Perkins alongside his current match with Kornuth.

He also has matched booked with Brandon Adams, Dan Cates and Luke Schwartz, all of which are pot-limit Omaha, except for Schwartz, who will play 8-game against the online poker site owner. All of them will be played online with a set number of hands, except for his match against Adams, which will consist of 40 hours of live poker. Given the current pandemic, that match will likely be the last to start.