Run It Once supremo takes on six competitors in the epic heads-up challenge series to contend with’ Durrr’ days when Phil Galfond labels himself as garbage, as he did a couple of weeks ago, it could only mean one of two things. Either a) Galfond has suffered a crisis of confidence due to over-exposure to Baby TV or b) after a do – or-die struggle to show once again what a poker god he really is. phil-galfond-to-take-on-bill-perkins-in-heads-up-challenge-for – the-twitch-generation-min[ Image Credit: Phil Galfond via Twitter] While there would be a historic precedent for the first alternative to be entirely justifiable, the poker credit would be completely justifiable.
Phil Galfond is taking on Bill Perkins, ranging from $800,000 to $1.2 million.
While neither man is depleted of funds to the point that losing seven figures would leave them to save the ends of bread, and the possibility of a $1 million swing is not necessarily “heads-up for rolls,” engaging in it is still a big game, and with both philanthropic and entrepreneurial men in their lives, there is no bad guy to root against, but there are two very good guys to cheer for.
It’s really a case of choosing your favorite. Pot Limit Omaha will be the match at $100/$200 stakes and will be played through 50,000 hands. For the fanboys and fangirls, it’s one, okay.
Bill Perkins has to be seen as a marginal underdog in the red corner (this is usually the corner of the challenger). While not averse to playing at the highest stakes and a multi-millionaire of such wealth that losing one million might not take even a second off his winning smile, Galfond has the experience of putting him slightly in the shade. However, Perkins will have help.
Run It Once owner Galfond will see it in the blue corner as a great way to get players to download the popular and growing poker site where the game will be played in its entirety. He’s not stopping at Perkins, with five more players coming out of the streamers ‘ area known as’ The Thirst Lounge’ to join those Galfond battling in the match himself.
Essentially, the money on the line is split into the stakes and a pretty risky side bet.
For either 50,000 or until either Galfond or his challengers are down $400,000, Galfond will take on Perkins and the Thirst Loungers. If Galfond loses –or actually loses Perkins and the Thirst Loungers as much as a dollar–that sounds more and more like a great name for a band–then he’s going to lose a $200,000 side bet he’s placed on Perkins at 4/1 odds.
Consequently, even our basic maths inform you that if Galfond were to lose the entire $400,000, he would potentially be out of $1.2 million. That’s a lot of nappies, and if there’s no one else, Galfond puts himself on the line, with his own wife and child!
Starting in the first fortnight of January 2020, with’ The Galfond Challenge,’ it’s not just the mammoth Aussie Millions schedule we’re going to be tuning in our thousands when it comes to taking the best poker action in the New Year.