August 18, 2022 Featured Articles, Poker News Lars Liedtke

Poker Dealer Risks His WSOP Wages against PLO Legend Phil Galfond and Wins!

A WSOP dealer staked his summer earnings on one of the toughest asks in poker, shot taking at high stakes PLO against Phil Galfond. Not only did he survive the encounter with his wages intact, but he also even emerged with a handy bankroll bonus!

The player, known only by his screen-name “ChristIsLord”, decided to take his shot using $12k that he earned at the recent World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Add in selling just over a third of his action to boost his bankroll up to $20k, he had enough for two full buy-ins at Galfond’s $50/$100 PLO table.

Meanwhile, Phil Galfond is a legend of the game, winning $millions under his online guise “OMGClayAiken” and defeating an incredible array of opponents in his Galfond Challenge heads-up PLO matches.

With victories against Jungleman Dan Cates, Chance Kornuth, Brandon Adams, and Bill Perkins – as well as online beasts “VeniVidi1993” and Ioannis “ActionFreak” Kontonatsios – it’s no surprise he was flummoxed by his latest, unknown, opponent.

“I don’t know who ‘ChristIsLord’ is. I mean, I know who Jesus Christ is, but I don’t know who ‘ChristIsLord’ is. Does anyone know who it is?” Galfond asked on his livestream.

Playing under his pseudonym “HeyGuys”, RunItOnce boss Galfond would soon find out that his anonymous adversary was no mean player himself, although the stakes had the dealer worried.

“I didn’t three-bet K-K-10-9, which I do 100% of the time at lower stakes, just cause it’s $50/$100 and I was like, ‘oh, man, $900, it’s a lot of money,’ he revealed on his “ZefaPoker” YouTube channel.

He added: “Obviously a stupid reason, and one that indicates I shouldn’t be in this game, along with several other reasons of course.” Zefa then admitted: “But, honestly, I don’t really study preflop, so it’s whatever.”

The match panned out pretty well for the amateur, however, reaching his stop-win target of $5k and letting Phil Galfond know it was all over – a heavenly $7,641 win for “ChristIsLord” helped along by this monster house-over-house pot…

“All good, I appreciate the action,” Galfond said once his vanquisher had explained he was taking the money and running.

The PLO master added: “Zefa, if that was the highest you’ve ever played, then I’m glad you won. Well done. I don’t recommend doing that again. But it is fun to take a shot and have a good stop-loss and stop-win in mind, as long as it’s within your means.”

Sage advice from Phil Galfond, who has seen plenty of players come and go over the years, and knows what sensible bankroll management looks like.

On the other hand, what would life be like if we never took chances? Share your own best shot-taking stories with us on our social media channels!

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