Phil Galfond has taken down yet another Galfond Challenge, but not before an “argument” put a temporary halt to the action. The win comes in a 4-day match against Brandon Adams, where Galfond beat Aams by just $16,000. The victory over Adams marks Galfond’s fourth time winning a Galfond Challenge match.

Unlike previous Galfond Challenges, which were based on the number of hands played, Galfond vs Adams was limited to 40 hours of play, which made this challenge much shorter than other Galfond Challenges.

How did the sessions go?

With just forty hours to play and the pair putting in some long sessions, this portion of the Galfond Challenge was completed in just four sessions.

Despite jumping out to a strong start, Galfond finished Day 1 down $16,000 on Monday. Day 2 on Tuesday was another back and forth day with Galfond finishing up $9,000 on the session, narrowing Adam’s lead to $7k.

Day 3 was perhaps the wildest of the four sessions with Galfond finishing the day by winning $56,000, and giving Galfond a lead of over $50,000. On Day 4 on Thursday, Adams kept up the pressure by winning $33,600, but it wasn’t enough to beat Galfond as he finished up by $16,500 before the end of the match was agreed upon.

A dispute during Day 4

During the 4th and final match of the Adams vs Galfond match, Galfond and Adams got into an “argument” over the pace of play towards the end of the match. The match hit the pause button while they sought out advice on how to proceed from Issac Haxton and Max Silver.

Adams objected to Galfond running the clock down for each decision while Galfond was ahead during the final day’s action. Prior to the match beginning, players were given a 15-second clock for preflop decisions and a 30-second clock for post-flop play. Galfond did not dispute that he was using the strategy, but claimed that Adams was using a similar strategy during other parts of the match.

After Haxton and Silver conferred on the dispute, it was decided that a set number of hands would be played, which they determined would be 338 hands. That decision appeared to be short-lived as both Galfond and Adams decided to end the match with 236 hands remaining due to the “boring” end-stage of the challenge.

As part of the agreement, Galfond and Adams would scrap the side bet, which was $150k to Adams’ $100k. But that’s not the end of play between Galfond and Adams. The pair have also agreed to meet once again on August 30th to play a 10,000 hand challenge online.

Galfond makes it four in a row

With Galfond beating Brandon Adams during the most recent heads-up challenge match, Galfond has now won four matches in a row.

Galfond started off his dominance by narrowly defeating online player Venividi by €1,671.58 after 25,000 hands, famously coming back by a deficit of over €900k. After beating Venividi, Galfond defeated ActionFreak by €114,765 over 15,000 hands.

Next up was Chance Kornuth, who was set to play Galfond for 35,000 hands. Although Kornuth was head for much of the middle part of the Challenge, Galfond proved to be too much for him, bowing out after 25,400 hands. Galfond upped his winnings to €726,500 during the Challenge while winning a $250,000 side bet.