Phil Galfond kicked off his last heads-up fight in the Galfond Challenge. His final opponent is Brandon Adams, a WSOP gold bracelet winner with over $ 5,000,000 in live tournament earnings.
The Galfond Challenge kicked off in early 2020 and has attracted a lot of attention from the poker community. Phil planned to play heads-up with six opponents, but completed only three rounds.
In a year and a half, Galfond won the following matches:
Vininidi – 25,000 hands, prize money – € 1,651, side bet – $100,000;
ActionFreak – 15,000 hands, winnings € 114,000, side bet $150,000;
Chance Kornuth – 25,400 hands, prize money – € 726,500, side bet – $250,000;
Two more matches – with Bill Perkins and Daniel Cates – will most likely never take place. With Bill, Phil planned to play 50,000 hands or to lose $400,000 with a $250,000 / $1,000,000 sidebet. Opponents took part in several sessions at the end of the last year, Phil pulled ahead by $ 90,000, and the match stopped there.
Heads-up never started with Cates. The opponents were expected to play 7,500 hands with a non-financial sidebet. Instead, Phil and Dan had a short match in 2020 where the defeated player named the winner the best poker player.
40 hours with Brandon Adams live
The start of the new heads-up went unnoticed – Phil and Brandon play live at Resorts World Las Vegas. Therefore, this time no streams are planned, and the rivals promised to talk about the progress of the match in their Instagram channels.
The conditions for the final duel of the Galfond Challenge are as follows:
one PLO table at $100 / $200;
duration – 40 hours;
sidebet – $150,000 if Galfond loses, $100,000 if Adams loses.
As of today, the pair has played for 8 hours and Phil has gone down by $16,000. This heads-up will not last long: the participants have agreed to play from Monday to Friday, so the Galfond Challenge will soon have a final point.