Phil Galfond booked another solid win as he creeps closer to even against Venividi1993.

After Phil Galfond delivered a series of six-figure beatings to “Venividi1993” in their heads-up €100/€200 pot-limit Omaha match on Run It Once Poker, the mystery grinder decided he needed a break.

Just like when Galfond was stuck nearly €1 million, the €600,000 swing in Galfond’s favor evidently weighed on Venividi enough to have him request a break and be willing to pay the €3,000 per day penalty. After several days away from the tables, they got back to it for the 29th session of the challenge.

They played a swingy session that saw Galfond rocket up to €160,000 ahead, giving hope he could get the deficit under six figures. However, Venividi stormed back and booked only a mild loss. Still, the stage is set for an exciting finish as about 7,000 hands remain.

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Day 29

Galfond got off to a good start as he stacked Venividi right off the bat in a hand that wasn’t captured on the archived video. He also won several other pots and was ahead around €35,000 moments in.

A huge upward swing started for Galfond about 160 hands in when he called a three-bet with a trashy {j-Spades}{9-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{2-Clubs} and flopped all three pairs on a rainbow board. Venividi opted to check-raise pot with nut wrap and two backdoors but bricked out as wheel cards hit the turn and river. Venividi then bluffed all in drawing almost dead on {10-Diamonds}{9-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{10-Spades}. Galfond had flopped a full house with {q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} while Venividi needed the {6-Diamonds} holding {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}. A six hit but it was the {6-Spades} and Galfond was suddenly north of €90,000 in profit.

About 75 hands later, Galfond slowplayed the flop with {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{9-Spades}{4-Spades} on {5-Spades}{4-Clubs}{j-Spades} and was rewarded when Venividi potted most of his stack on the {k-Diamonds} turn. He had improved with {a-Spades}{q-Spades}{7-Spades}{8-Hearts} for a double gutter and a flush draw, but the river was a {7-Diamonds}. Just a few hands later, Galfond potted for €7,200 on {q-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{k-Spades}{3-Hearts} and Venividi crammed for €16,400 with {q-Spades}{8-Spades}{10-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} for two pair and a spade draw. Galfond had better two pair with {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}{q-Hearts}{10-Hearts} and held on the river.

It looked like another six-figure Galfond feasting was in the offing, but Venividi started to turn things at about the 350-hand mark. He got extremely lucky after check-called pot for €3,600 on {7-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{7-Clubs}, seeing an {a-Diamonds} river. He checked and shoved for €15,400 over Galfond’s half-pot bet. Galfond called with sixes full of sevens but Venividi had hit a two-outer with {a-Hearts}{a-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}.

Galfond crept back up to +€160,000 but the final 150 hands or so were almost all Venividi. Galfond bluffed off a stack check-raising all in on the river with a flush blocker, only to have Venividi make a nice call with a small flush. Galfond tried his own hero call with a nine-high flush as Venividi bet small on {4-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{3-Hearts} then shoved three-quarters pot on the {5-Spades} river. Much to the fans’ chagrin, Venividi had it with {a-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{6-Spades}.

Having cut his deficit to five figures, Venividi wasn’t done. He cut Galfond’s win to €60,000 before Galfond recovered during the closing stretch to book a medium-sized win.

Hands Played: 642
Results: Phil Galfond +€85,271.31
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