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Phil Galfond Wins Fourth Straight High-Stakes Poker Match In "Galfond Challenge" Series

Brandon Adams Conceded The Match After Losing $270,000 To The Poker Legend


Phil Galfond remained undefeated in his “Galfond” series, winning his latest match against Brandon Adams.

In what was Galfond’s fourth victory, Adams ended up conceding down $270,000, according a Galfond tweet Monday morning. Galfond also picks up an additional $100,000 from Adams in their side bet.

Of the seven matches booked in the series, the two poker pros were originally scheduled to play the only live heads-up match with 40 hours of $100-$200 pot-limit Omaha. But as the match was nearing an end with Galfond in the lead, the two disagreed over how much of Galfond’s time bank he was able to use on every street before making a decision.

Other high-stakes poker pros served as arbitrators and decided that the two should just play a set number of hands before the match concluded. With 236 hands remaining in the match, and Adams down $16,500, they both agreed to finish the battle with 10,000 hands online. That lasted for several weeks with Adams losing an additional $253,500 during the online portion.

It’s the second consecutive challenge where Galfond was winning by such an impressive margin, he forced his opponent into submission. Chance Kornuth threw in the towel before the completion of his 35,000 hands of $100-$200 pot-limit Omaha down $726,500 after 25,400 hands.

Before his victory against Kornuth and Adams, Galfond bested ‘VeniVidi1993’ in an epic comeback in the first match of the series and Ioannis ‘ActionFreak’ Kontonatsios in the second.

After being down nearly $1 million to ‘VeniVidi1993,’ Galfond battled back and squeaked out a victory of €1,472, along with the €100,000 side bet. He defeated Kontonatsios by a €114,765 margin.

With the $370,000 victory against Adams, Galfond is up more than $1.7 million through the four matches, including side bets.

The Maryland native still has matches against Dan Cates, Luke Schwartz, as well as Bill Perkins. Perkins started the match, but it was put on hold, leaving just Cates and Schwartz left. Cates made an appearance on Adams’ podcast last week and made it seem like he was next in line.

Cates, who is known as “jungleman” from his days playing nosebleed stakes on Full Tilt Poker, is scheduled to play 7,500 hands of €100-€200 pot-limit Omaha. All of Galfond’s matches have been in that game and around those stakes.

His match against Schwartz is the only time Galfond is set to play a non-Omaha variant of poker. They will play €1,000-€2,000 8-game.

Opponent Stakes Game Sidebet Hands Result
Bill Perkins & Thirst Lounge Streamers $100-$200 PLO $800K:$200K 50,000 TBD
Brandon Adams $100-$200 PLO $400K:$100K 40 Hours Of live Poker & 10,000 Hands Of Online Poker Galfond Victory ($270,000 Profit)
Chance Kornuth $100-$200 PLO $1M:$250K 35,000 Galfond Victory ($726,500 profit)
Dan Cates €100-€200 PLO TBD 7,500 TBD
ActionFreak €150-€300 PLO €150K:€150K 15,000 Galfond Victory (€114,765.66 profit)
VeniVidi1993 €100-€200 PLO €200K:€100K 25,000 Galfond Victory (€1,472.08 profit)
Luke Schwartz €1,000-€2,000 8-Game TBD TBD TBD