Phil Galfond is Back!
Although his RunItOnce Poker team are “working very hard”, it was his rather surprising DFS involvement which appeared this week.
There's not many people in the poker world that don't know the names 'OMGClayAiken', or 'MrSweets28' online. These aliases belong to the one and only Phil Galfond.
He is one of the biggest characters on the poker scene, and never fails to impress with his ridiculously smart play, and insightful tells. Being a founder of Bluefire Poker, his videos were loved by poker fans and fellow players around the world. This was due to his down to earth nature, and unbelievable knowledge of the game. These videos were based around his nosebleed stakes play around with super high rollers on Full Tilt. Recently, Phil Galfond's overall winnings on Full Tilt poker have exceeded $10m, definitely giving him a concrete spot as one of the best poker players ever.
He also has one WSOP bracelet to his name ($5k PLO event, 2008), with a few close calls too. He was exceedingly close to landing his second bracelet this summer, when he lost HU to Steve Sung in the $25k NLH 6max event. His $744,841 prize for second hopefully softened the blow slightly.
Phil Galfond's huge poker success has naturally landed him seats on poker TV shows such as GSN's High Stakes Poker. Fun Fact: Galfond shot into the limelight, so to speak, when it was reported in 2008 that he bought two identical apartments in New York for a combined price of $3.2m. The reason the press were so interested in this is because he connected the two apartments with a $300k slide...
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It's been more than a year since Phil Galfond announced to the world that he would launch a poker site with an estimated roll out date of Q1 in 2017.
Galfond had the custom-built slide installed in his New York apartment when he bought the place for $3.2 million back in 2008, but when he sold up and moved the slide stayed behind.
While opinions are mixed on whether or not 2016 is a good time to embark on such a lofty endeavor as a brand new poker room that won't be available to the U.S. market, Galfond appears up for the challenge.