Phil Galfond has been challenging online poker heavyweights in high-stakes matchups. His latest opponent includes none other than Dan “Jungleman” Cates.
Galfond’s regular challenges consist of anywhere from 15,000 to 25,000 hands. For example, he beat “VeniVidi1993” by €1,600 (plus a €100,000 side bet) over 25,000 hands.
He’s moved on to long matches with Bill Perkins and “ActionFreak.” However, he took a break from these affairs to battle Cates in a one-day “mini” challenge.
Galfond Wins Handily Over Jungleman
Cates is known as one of the best high-stakes poker players in the world. He showed his skills in taking an early lead in the challenge between he and Galfond.
However, the latter really started dominating as the day went on. Galfond was up by as much as €150,000 at one juncture.
Jungleman would battle back in the later portions of the match. However, he still lost by a notable €90,000. VeniVidi1993 must also make a concession video that praises Galfond’s poker abilities.
The two poker pros are scheduled to play a longer Galfond Challenge. Cates will need to go back to the drawing board in preparation for this event.
In addition to losing tens of thousands of euros, Cates must make a video conceding that Galfond is the better player.
Other News Involving the Galfond Challenge
The Galfond Challenge is meant to drum up attention for Phil’s online poker site, Run It Once. So far, Galfond has done an excellent job at getting some publicity for his poker room.
He was down to VeniVidi1993 by over €900,000 at one point in their challenge. He launched an incredible comeback to pull out a slight victory and win the €100k side bet.
Galfond is currently battling both ActionFreak and Bill Perkins in lengthy challenges. He’ll play Jungleman again in the future.