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Phil Galfond’s biography

Phil Galfond
Phil Galfond (35 years)
USA
Male
1/16/1985
over $2 960 000
Prizes in offline
exact amount is unknown
Prizes in online
Best result:
$817 781 (1st place in Pot Limit Omaha tournament for $5 000 at the WSOP in 2008)
Main achievements:
3 WSOP bracelets, owner of "Run It Once" website and a poker coach, creator and owner of Run It Once Poker, one of the most popular high stakes players in online
Can be found by nickname:
PokerStars: MrSweets28
Full Tilt: OMGClayAiken
Run It Once Poker: Phil Galfond

Phil Galfond is a professional poker player who is famous for his success both in live tournaments and online. He is called an online shark, as he plays at 200$ /400$ limits and higher in No-limit Texas Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha.

Galfond has achieved his main success in live tournaments at the WSOP. His first ITM (prize zone) in offline was in 10 000$ Championship Event at the WSOP Circuit in 2006 (he got 22 900$ for the 18th place). In 2008, Phil won PLO tournament at the WSOP. At the final table he played with such well-known professionals as Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, David Benyamine, Phil Hellmuth, Kirill Gerasimov, Johnny Chan, Brian Rast and online star Adam Hourani. Galfond managed to beat Hourani in heads-up.

Phil has 3 bracelets of the World Series of Poker (in 5 000$ PLO tournament at the WSOP 2008, No-Limit 2-7 single draw Championship for 10 000$ in 2015 and in 10 000$ PLO Hi-Lo Championship at the WSOP 2018): the last one he won in 2018 and it brought him more than 560 000$. Galfond has not got seven-figure winnings yet, but he has already won four six-figure prize money at the WSOP – three times for the 1st place and one time for the 2nd place.

Phil Galfond launched his own poker room in 2019 – Run It Once Poker.

Phil Galfond’s biography

Interesting facts about Phil Galfond:

  • Phil Galfond was born in North Potomac, Maryland, USA. He studied at Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School and afterwards entered the Wisconsin University in Madison, where he studied philosophy.
  • Thanks to the reputation of a successful highstakes-player, Galfond has been invited to poker TV shows, dedicated to the high-stakes games. He became a participant of the 4th, 6th and 7th seasons of a popular High Stakes Poker project.
  • Phil was a part of "Ship It Holla Ballas" team. It is a so-called crew of the young poker players who lead a luxurious way of life using money earned with the help of poker. They travel around the world in search of bright parties, hot girls and play poker tournaments.
  • He owns "Run It Once" website and works as a poker coach.
  • On the 15th of May, 2015 Galfond married an American actress Farah Fath.
  • In 2018 it became known that Phil and Farah would have a firstborn. 31 December a couple announced about the birth of their son Spenser Keith.
  • Since 2007, the poker player has periodically been writing articles for Bluff Magazine.
  • In accordance with highstakesdb data for September 2018,  Galfond’s graph in online-cash at high limits stopped at the mark of 1,45 million dollars on PokerStars (nickname "MrSweets28") and + 6,6 million dollars on Full Tilt (nickname "OMGClayAiken"):

OMGClayAiken at Full Tilt

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Galfond played another profitable session against "VeniVidi1993"
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Galfond played another profitable session against "VeniVidi1993"
Phil Galfond's challenge continues in a positive way for the owner of Run It Once Poker. Galfond played another profitable session and reduced the gap between him and his opponent.
“Legend of the Green” promotion at Run It Once Poker
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“Legend of the Green” promotion at Run It Once Poker
Run It Once Poker launched “Legend of the Green” promotion. As part of this promotion, 4 special bonuses for the first deposit will be granted.
Galfond won back €500 000 from "VeniVidi1993" in 2 weeks
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Galfond won back €500 000 from "VeniVidi1993" in 2 weeks
Galfond's challenge is continuing. Phil’s chances of winning don't seem to be illusive as before...
Galfond played one of the best sessions against "VeniVidi1993"
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Galfond played one of the best sessions against "VeniVidi1993"
Galfond Challenge is continuing and Phil is not going to give up. He has already reduced the gap to €494 000...
Galfond Challenge: Phil won another €100 000 back
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Galfond Challenge: Phil won another €100 000 back
On Monday, Phil Galfond won €92 800 during the game session versus VeniVidi1993. The RIO Poker owner managed to narrow the gap between them to €592 310.
Galfond won back €180 000 in heads-up battle against VeniVidi1993
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Galfond won back €180 000 in heads-up battle against VeniVidi1993
Phil Galfond and "VeniVidi1993" resumed heads-up battle. The owner of RIO Poker managed to win back €183 480...
Galfond to resume challenge against Venividi1993 this Wednesday
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Galfond to resume challenge against Venividi1993 this Wednesday
The message, stated that the challenge against Venividi1993 would resume this Wednesday, has appeared on the Twitter pages of Galfond and RIO Poker.
Phil Galfond: «I was able to make a tough decision with a clear head»
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Phil Galfond: «I was able to make a tough decision with a clear head»
The poker professional has reviewed some hands played versus Venividi1993 and took a decision on the Galfond Challenge.
RIO Poker сelebrates its birthday: €10 no deposit bonus and first deposit bonus
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RIO Poker сelebrates its birthday: €10 no deposit bonus and first deposit bonus
Room Run It Once Poker prepared a gift to its players to celebrate one year of work...
Luke Schwartz told about the battle with Phil Galfond
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Luke Schwartz told about the battle with Phil Galfond
The match between Schwartz and Galfond will be held in the discipline of 8 Game, and the winner will receive $250 000.
Phil Galfond demonstrated the work of new Vision GTO trainer
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Phil Galfond demonstrated the work of new Vision GTO trainer
Run It Once launched the new Vision GTO trainer for PLO games. Phil Galfond demonstrated its work in hand analysis of his challenge.
Luke Schwartz advised Galfond to stop the Challenge
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Luke Schwartz advised Galfond to stop the Challenge
The WSOP bracelet holder Luke Schwartz suggested Phil Galfond to «raise the white flag» and stop the Galfond Challenge.
Phil Galfond took a break in the Galfond Challenge
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Phil Galfond took a break in the Galfond Challenge
The Run It Once Poker owner took some time out from the Galfond Challenge, at least until March 1. This decision was taken after the poker player faced downstreak, which made him go on tilt.
Galfond reduced the gap between him and VeniVidi1993
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Galfond reduced the gap between him and VeniVidi1993
On the12th game day of the heads-up battle, Galfond was able to win €87 900 from VeniVidi1993, meaning that now the RIO Poker owner is behind his opponent by €481 200.
Galfond Challenge: Phil lost €100 000 in a day
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Galfond Challenge: Phil lost €100 000 in a day
Following 7 000 hands played, the owner of RIO Poker is far behind his rival – for more than half a million euros
Galfond Challenge: Galfond finished the day with minimal losses
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Galfond Challenge: Galfond finished the day with minimal losses
On the 6th gaming day, Phil lost to "VeniVidi1993" only $13...
Galfond Challenge: "VeniVidi1993" is ahead of Galfond by $172 000
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Galfond Challenge: "VeniVidi1993" is ahead of Galfond by $172 000
After four days of heads-up battle between Galfond and VeniVidi1993, Phil's rival won €172 000.
Galfond Challenge: "Venividi1993" beat Galfond and won $73 000
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Galfond Challenge: "Venividi1993" beat Galfond and won $73 000
Yesterday, the first day of heads-up battle between Galfond and Venividi1993 started. According to the results of the first day, the owner of Run It Once Poker lost $73 000.
Galfond vs "Venividi1993": live broadcast of the first heads-up match
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Galfond vs "Venividi1993": live broadcast of the first heads-up match
Today, Phil Galfond starts his first heads-up challenge. "Venividi1993" will be his first opponent, and you can watch this battle on Cardmates website.
Galfond's Challenge: the first battle will be held on 22nd January
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Galfond's Challenge: the first battle will be held on 22nd January
There will be 6 heads-up battles held as part of the Galfond's Challenge, and the first such fight will take place soon. Details on each battle can be find in this article.
Galfond offered double bonuses for PokerStars cash players
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Galfond offered double bonuses for PokerStars cash players
The players who will register at RIO Poker until January 31 will get double cash bonuses. Also, the rakeback for them will be 1.5 times bigger for the next 5 weeks...
Galfond's Challenge: scandalous player became Phil’s last rival
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Galfond's Challenge: scandalous player became Phil’s last rival
Phil Galfond has found the last rival for his challenge. It is Luke Schwartz, a poker player known for his love of insulting opponents at the table.
Run It Once Poker launched new bonuses for the holidays
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Run It Once Poker launched new bonuses for the holidays
From December 30 to January 5, RIO Poker is holding a promotional week, during which 4 new bonuses will be available in the poker room.
Galfond’s Challenge: Phil has a new famous rival
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Galfond’s Challenge: Phil has a new famous rival
The RIO Poker owner has challenged poker players for a battle. Yesterday, the guy announced that Chance Kornuth, the holder of two gold bracelets, had accepted his call.
Traffic at RIO Poker tripled after appearing of Legends
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Traffic at RIO Poker tripled after appearing of Legends
Phil Galfond's poker room Run It Once Poker is gaining momentum. After the appearance of a new system, the traffic increased dramatically.
Fernando "JNandez" Habegger refused to participate in Galfond’s challenge
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Fernando "JNandez" Habegger refused to participate in Galfond’s challenge
Fernando "JNandez" Habegger changed his plans and decided not to participate in a heads-up challenge of Phil Galfond.
Phil Galfond has the second opponent for heads-up battle
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Phil Galfond has the second opponent for heads-up battle
Bill Perkins was the first who accepted Galfond's challenge. But he is not the only player who decided to fight against Galfond...
Heads up battle between Perkins and Galfond
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Heads up battle between Perkins and Galfond
Bill Perkins agreed to Phil Galfond's terms of the bet. Now, Bill must play 50 000 hands in PLO discipline at RIO Poker...
Phil Galfond offers Heads-Up online poker challenge
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Phil Galfond offers Heads-Up online poker challenge
Phil Galfond created a new way to promote Run It Once Poker. He challenged the poker community and proposed 50k hand PLO Heads-Up to high-stakes players.
Phil Galfond: «I took big risks with my bankroll early in my career»
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Phil Galfond: «I took big risks with my bankroll early in my career»
The Run it Once Poker founder told his followers how lost a lot of money due to weak bankroll management in the early stages of his poker career...
Phil Galfond about advantages of Splash the Pot system
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Phil Galfond about advantages of Splash the Pot system
Phil Galfond keeps trying to explain players Splash the Pot system advantages.
Mid Stakes Week at Run It Once Poker
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Mid Stakes Week at Run It Once Poker
Mid Stakes Week at Run It Once Poker started from March 1st and would continue to March 8th...
High stakes traffic on RIO didn't meet Galfond's expectations
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High stakes traffic on RIO didn't meet Galfond's expectations
Phil Galfond shared information on how things have gone at Run It Once compared to his own expectations.
Phil Galfond and Joe Ingram talk about Run It Once Poker launch
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Phil Galfond and Joe Ingram talk about Run It Once Poker launch
Phil Galfond and Joey Ingram discussed the official launch of Run It Once Poker. Watch the video to hear everything from the horse's mouth.
Pros, cons and first Impressions of Run It Once Poker
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Pros, cons and first Impressions of Run It Once Poker
The successful launch of Phil Galfond’s poker room Run It Once Poker took place on Wednesday, 6. It wasn’t without minor incidents and a few disconnections, but in general, it can be called a great start...
Phil Galfond comments on Run It Once Poker changes
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Phil Galfond comments on Run It Once Poker changes
Phil Galfond made some comments on updates of Run It Once Poker room. The player told about stake levels, game formats and launch date.