November 23, 2019 Poker News, Featured Articles Marton

Bill Perkins takes on Phil Galfond in crazy high stakes PLO heads-up challenge!

Phil Galfond, the founder and head of Run It Once Poker, pulled a stunt that is reminiscent of the gold old times of online poker.

Phil Galfond Challenges Anyone In Durrr-Style Heads-Up PLO Challenge

Earlier this week, he tweeted out a post from RIO’s website. It read the following:

“Who wants to play some high stakes poker with a washed-up ex-pro?!  (…)


I’m looking for some high stakes HU action to help promote Run It Once Poker, and I’d like it to be a challenge that we can build some hype around. (…)


An open challenge to anyone who currently makes training videos for a site other than Run It Once. (…)


HU PLO, similar to the infamous Durrrr challenge: 50k hands, 3:1 on a sidebet of 10 buyins, played at 100/200+.


Any competing training site coaches – please feel free to take me up on that!  You’ll get preference over anyone else. (Plus you’ll get 3:1)


I’d consider dropping the stakes if it helps get me some action here, but I would prefer a bigger game so we can bring in some viewers.”

That’s right, Phil Galfond is willing to give anyone 3:1 odds in a $100/$200+ heads-up PLO challenge just to promote his online poker room and poker coaching site. That is some pizzazz we haven’t seen in a long time in the online poker community.

Evidently, we all hope this going to play out a lot better than the infamous Durrrr-challenge. Much to many fans’ chagrin, Tom Dwan and Daniel “Jungleman” Cates still haven’t finished their duel over 9 years after they started, all because of Dwan’s evasiveness…

Bill Perkins Is the First Challenger

The very next day of his big announcement, Phi Galfond tweeted that he already has no less than 11 challengers.

Although he did not disclose the full list of players who have taken him up on his offer, one person is 100% confirmed. The first contestant in the Phil Galfond PLO challenge is going to be Bill Perkins.

Perkins is an American billionaire and famous recreational poker player. He made his billions managing an investment firm that specializes in the American energy market.

He’s no stranger to poker either. Just last week, he took down the $5,200 partypoker Sunday High Roller Big Game for $100K.

However, Perkins is not a professional either. Therefore Phil Galfond was willing to give him 4:1 odds instead of the originally proposed 3:1.

The crazy heads-up battle will take place on the servers of Run It Once Poker. Galfond made it quite clear that this is a promotional stunt for his website – however, the online poker community doesn’t seem to mind.

His original tweet garnered a load of positive and supportive responses, letting Phil Galfond know how excited they are for such a spectacle.

And who knows who will be the next one to take on the Phil Galfond heads-up PLO challenge?

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