VeniVidi1993 has opened up to the poker community after losing more than €900,000 in the Galfond Challenge. The online high stakes crusher was close to €1 million up after the first two weeks but has now lost close to all of it.
Best Possible Start For VeniVidi1993
Very little is known about VeniVidi1993. We have no idea where he comes from, only that he appeared in the high stakes scene four years ago and has been crushing the PLO games ever since.
When Phil Galfond put out his offer for all comers to take him on at PLO VeniVidi1993 was one of the first. He jumped at the chance.
After all, Galfond was seen by many as a former world beater who had no doubt been away from serious competition for way too long to take on the very best. And so it was when we finally got down to the action.
The pair agreed to a 25,000 hand match of €100/€200 PLO with a €200,000 side bet up against VeniVidi1993’s €100,000.
Galfond got off to the worst possible start. Winning only two out of the first 15 sessions – one of those for only €2,615.26 – we all thought it was over right there and then.
All the doomsayers were out in force right away telling how Galfond is well past it and should not be trying to take on an end boss such as VeniVidi1993. How stupid do they feel now?
Massive Turnaround – VeniVidi1993 On the Ropes
After taking a break Phil Galfond returned to the virtual felt with a renewed vigour. Now, the tables were about to get well and truly turned. Over the next 16 sessions Galfond pulled back his deficit to only trail by less than eight buy-ins.
VeniVidi1993 doesn’t know what hit him and now it is his turn to retreat into his shell and reassess what his strategy is for the remainder of the Galfond Challenge.
A couple of tweets posted by VeniVidi1993 show that he is still dealing with negative emotions and self-doubt but we can expect to see him fired up again when the challenge resumes.
Final 6,000 Hands Still to Come
The final 6,000 hands are going to be as exciting as poker can ever get. Not only is it anybody’s game at this point, but there is a €200,000 to €100,000 side bet as a sweetener for the winner.
Can Phil Galfond reclaim his crown as the greatest PLO player on the planet or will VeniVidi1993 regroup and get his mojo back just in the nick of time.
The entire poker community will be watching this one – coronavirus lockdown or not – and there is a clear feeling that there is no crowd favourite here. Both players have more than earned the respect of the rail.
It is easy to forget that this is only the first of many challenges. There will be plenty more action later this year with characters such as British motormouth Luke Schwartz. Watch here.
Galfond Challenge Results so far:
Hands Daily Winner Amount Won
Day 1 (Jan. 22) 655 VeniVidi1993 €72,572.68
Day 2 (Jan. 23) 715 Phil Galfond €2,615.26
Day 3 (Jan. 24) 557 VeniVidi1993 €84,437.52
Day 4 (Jan. 25) 581 VeniVidi1993 €17,544.87
Day 5 (Jan. 27) 726 VeniVidi1993 €155,063.52
Day 6 (Jan. 28) 703 VeniVidi1993 €13.31
Day 7 (Jan. 30) 823 VeniVidi1993 €52,057.13
Day 8 (Jan. 31) 940 VeniVidi1993 €60,743.37
Day 9 (Feb. 1) 446 VeniVidi1993 €12,706.51
Day 10 (Feb. 3) 696 VeniVidi1993 €100,993.30
Day 11 (Feb. 4) 741 VeniVidi1993 €15,647.36
Day 12 (Feb. 6) 622 Phil Galfond €87,940.91
Day 13 (Feb. 7) 470 VeniVidi1993 €267,949.70
Day 14 (Feb. 8) 593 VeniVidi1993 €48,473.73
Day 15 (Feb. 9) 659 VeniVidi1993 €102,593.34
Day 16 (Mar. 4) 574 Phil Galfond €183,481.38
Day 17 (Mar. 5) 582 VeniVidi1993 €21,571.51
Day 18 (Mar. 6) 555 Phil Galfond €27,198.94
Day 19 (Mar. 7) 638 Phil Galfond €26,018.41
Day 20 (Mar. 9) 566 Phil Galfond €92,803.89
Day 21 (Mar. 10) 576 Phil Galfond €3,766.94
Day 22 (Mar. 11) 556 VeniVidi1993 €88,465.60
Day 23 (Mar. 12) 598 Phil Galfond €23,821.05
Day 24 (Mar. 13) 628 Phil Galfond €19,099.65
Day 25 (Mar. 14) 664 Phil Galfond €139,485.78
Day 26 (Mar. 19) 539 Phil Galfond €110,752.58
Day 27 (Mar. 20) 645 VeniVidi1993 €76,026.05
Day 28 (Mar. 21) 503 Phil Galfond €140,979.28
Day 29 (Mar. 26) 642 Phil Galfond €85,271.31
Day 30 (Mar. 27) 777 VeniVidi1993 €26,992.32
Day 31 (Mar. 28) 393 Phil Galfond €106,328.51
– – – – Total 19,363 VeniVidi1993 +€154,287.43
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