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Galfond Completes the Comeback, PokerStars Announces SCOOP Dates

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The first phase of the enormous challenge Phil Galfond took on at the beginning of the year came to a dramatic end on Sunday. Galfond, who was down nearly €1 million at one point in the challenge, completed his comeback with just a few hands to go and just squeaked out a victory. 

It couldn’t have been scripted better. While Galfond celebrated his victory, he quickly regrouped and went on to his next challenger: Bill Perkins. If you want to keep up with round 2, you can watch their matches live on the Run It Once Twitch channel. 

If you feel like playing instead of watching, you’re in luck. GGPoker teamed up with the World Series of Poker (WSOP) to launch the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series and PokerStars announced its schedule for the 2020 Spring Championship of Online Poker. 

Galfond defeats VeniVidi on the final day

The Galfond vs VeniVidi matchup is done. After months of play and 25,001 hands, Galfond defeated his first opponent by just €1,671.58. The match was a €100/€200 PLO heads-up bout that started back on January 22.

Galfond immediately took a hit and finished the first match down slightly more than €72,000. By February 9, he’d bottomed out at €900,000. It wasn’t just a financial low, he considered quitting the challenge, but he slowly started clawing his way back up. Finally, on April 4, Galfond closed the gap and finished the match with a €40,000 lead. It was the first lead he’d had since the match started in January. 

But it was touch and go for a while. Galfond wasn’t able to run away with it and VeniVidi took back the lead on April 9. When it was time for the final match on Sunday, April 12, Galfond was down just €8,000 and it was anyone’s game. 

A photo finish and on to the next contender

It turned out to be Galfond’s after he took down a large pot with a full house with less than 100 hands to go. Galfond took a €12,000+ lead after he hit a full house on the river and then he folded the last 73 hands. He ended up finishing the match ahead by just €1,671.58.

It was as close as you could get in a 25,000-hand match. Galfond won €100,000 for taking down VeniVidi and he got a day’s rest before he faced off against his next opponent, Bill Perkins. That match will last 50,000 hands — or stop at a $400,000 loss — with a chunkier side bet. This time Galfond is putting up $1 million to Perkins’ $250,000. 

They played their first 388 hands on Tuesday and Perkins finished with a small $1,561.86 lead. You can check out the Run It Once page for more information on the challenge and watch all the matches live on their Twitch page

PokerStars announces SCOOP 2020 schedule

PokerStars announced their biggest Spring Championship of Online Poker series. The 2020 series will have $85 million in guarantees and run from April 30 to May 19. The series will keep going with its triforce of buy-ins going on. The series features Low, Medium and High buy-ins for every event. 

For example, the Low Main Event will have a $109 buy-in, the Medium version will cost $1,050 to enter and you’ll have to fork out $10,300 to buy into the High Main Event. There are hundreds of events that will take place over the following weeks across those buy-ins. If you want to check out the full schedule and see what tournament fits you, check out the PokerStars Blog.

GGPoker teams up with the WSOP

GGPoker has been making some noise through some big partnerships recently. GGPoker has been amassing a roster of top-end players that includes Bryn Kenney, Felipe Ramos and Daniel Negreanu. The site recently announced another former Team PokerStars pro, former professional starcraft phenom-turned-poker player Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. 

It’s not just players that GGPoker has been locking arms with either. On Wednesday, GGPoker announced that it was partnering with the World Series of Poker for the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series, an online tournament series that’s expected to have hundreds of events. 

The series will start in early May and will go on for about three weeks. GGPoker and the WSOP are still finalizing the schedule dates. 

“It was unfortunate that we were forced to cancel so many offline WSOP Circuit events this spring,” WSOP executive director Ty Stewart said in a press release. “But with vast reach, GGPoker plans to dwarf the prize pools of the suspended events all at once in one truly Super WSOP Circuit.”

We’ll keep you updated once they release the finalized schedule.