As you must know by now, Phil Galfond is kicking ass and taking names. After a few years away from the felt due to releasing his own Poker site he’s back and has challenged the whole Poker world to play him heads up.
The next contender is ActionFreak and this is set to be the biggest game to be played, with blinds at $150/$300 pots of $60,000 are commonplace, so let’s see how day 3 of the challenge panned out!
Things started going well pretty early on for Phil, with this nice Turned full house kicking things off and grabbing him an early lead against ActionFreak.
Things weren’t all plain sailing though, after holding a lead of around $100,000 for the beginning of the session Phil tried this bluff, with a pot-sized check-raise on the Turn from Phil and then a pot-sized bluff on the River getting snap-called by ActionFreaks set of Fives.
Good old fashioned cooler here, with Phil floating the flop to hit his dream card and make the nut straight against ActionFreak’s top set.
This pot popped up where ActionFreak bet very small on the River, inducing a raise from Phil with the rivered straight, ActionFreak quickly made the call with the bottom full house, fours full of sevens.
Adding some insult to injury Phil managed to find a juicy card on the River to get him paid, with his opponent looking him up with a Ten high flush only to be trumped by the second nut flush on this board.
This was a big one, with 4 bets going in pre-flop, Phil managed to flop the world with a huge wrap. any card from a 6 to a King would give him a straight and after getting all the money in on the Flop he didn’t have to wait long, hitting the nuts on the Turn and having ActionFreak drawing dead.
It’s pretty hard to be in bad shape with a straight flush draw even in PLO, but ActionFreak found himself in terrible shape on this board, with Phil holding a set and a better flush draw ActionFreak needed to hit an offsuit straight card without the board pairing or hit the Jack of spades for the nuts, but Phil all but secured this pot when he filled up on the Turn.
Phil managed to get some pot-sized action in on the last hand of the session and with bottom set who can blame him. ActionFreak decided to quit the session soon after hitting the minimum required hands were played and after this absolute onslaught who can blame him.
After this brutal session for ActionFreak and complete EV upswing for Phil Galfond over $300,000 had exchanged hands. PLO is pretty brutal game and the swings are massive, how will ActionFreak take this downtick so early into this matchup, only time will tell.