Despite Phil Galfond's recent run of success in heads-up challenges, he continues to find opponents willing to step up to the challenge. The latest competitor to step up to the plate is Brandon Adams, but there’s a twist to this one. Galfond’s previous challenges have been online, played on the Run It Once poker site he developed, but the latest is a live game.
The stakes are similar to Galfond’s last two online battles, at $100/$200 pot limit Omaha, but the big difference will be the venue. Rather than playing out on Run It Once’s virtual felt, the live felt of the new Resorts World Las Vegas will host the challenge.
Adams plans to stream the live affair, and there are a few other twists as well. Rather than being a set number of hands, the two players have agreed to play 40 hours over 5 days, perhaps in a nod to the slower pace of the live game.
A further twist will come if Adams wins the live match. If Adams wins the first match, the two have agreed to immediately sit down to a “Battleship” rematch, where players sit across from each other live, playing heads up on their laptops.
The latest challenge comes on the heels of three wins over the past year, with online pro VeniVidi1993, Ioannis “ActionFreak” Kontonatsios, and Chance Kornuth all falling to the PLO beast. Galfond also started a challenge with businessman Bill Perkins, who recently forced Landon Tice to withdraw from their match, but the Galfond-Perkins match hasn’t gotten very far yet.
Galfond and Adams are already at it, and plan to finish the action out by July 30. It will be interesting to see if Galfond can extend his online challenge dominance onto the live felt.