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The Online Railbird Report: The Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond Show

Phil Galfond

The online high-stakes cash games at Full Tilt Poker this weekend were home to a lot of action. Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond is in the middle of what he calls his worst career downswing but had a profitable few days on the virtual felt at the expense of Scott "URnotINdanger2" Palmer. After that winning session, Galfond and Patrik Antonius battled at $500/$1,000 pot-limit Omaha and they certainly were not afraid to let the chips fly.

A Session Palmer Would Like To Forget

To the point, Galfond really put a beating on Scott "URnotINdanger2" Palmer. They battled at $500/$1,000 capped pot-limit Omaha and Galfond left with about $700,000 of Palmer's money, despite only being able to win a maximum of $40,000 on a given hand.

With the button, Galfond opened to $2,300. Palmer bumped it to $6,900 from the big blind and Galfond came back over the top to $20,700. Palmer called, seeing the flop fall {Q-Clubs}{9-Spades}{2-Diamonds}. A check from Palmer led to Galfond betting $19,300, reaching the cap. Palmer called with {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{J-Spades}{5-Clubs} for top pair, while Galfond showed {A-Clubs}{K-Spades}{10-Spades}{9-Clubs} for middle pair and a straight draw. The key card for Galfond turned out to be his king. They ran it twice to the tune of {K-Diamonds} turn {7-Clubs} river, and a {6-Hearts} turn {K-Clubs} river. Galfond made kings and nines on each run to win the pot.

In another hand, Galfond limped on the button and Palmer checked his option. The flop came down {6-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{2-Spades} and Palmer checked. Galfond bet $1,000, only to see Palmer pop it to $3,000. Galfond fired back an additional $4,000, but Palmer would not back down and made it $14,000 to play. Galfond put an end to the raising and just called, landing the {K-Clubs} on the turn. Palmer bet $9,000 and was quickly called, leading to the {9-Clubs} river card. Palmer bet $19,000 to reach the cap and was met with a call. Having flopped a full house with {Q-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}{5-Spades}{2-Clubs}, Palmer was run down on the river by Galfond's {J-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{6-Spades}{4-Hearts}.

Antonius Takes Some Of Galfond's Winnings

Thirteen pots between the two hit the six-figure mark with seven going to Antonius, three to Galfond, and three split.

Antonius raised to $3,000 on the button and Galfond made it $9,000 to go from the big blind. After Antonius called, the flop came down {Q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}. Galfond bet $11,500, unable to shake Antonius. The turn brought the {5-Spades} and Galfond kept up the heat with a $41,000 bet. Antonius shoved for just shy of $120,000 and Galfond called with {J-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{9-Spades} for second pair, a flush draw, and an open-ended straight draw. Antonius was in the lead with {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for top and bottom pair, as well as a double-gutshot straight draw. They ran it twice, but Galfond found no help from the {4-Hearts} and {3-Clubs} river cards. The $279,992 pot went to Antonius.

Antonius raised to $3,000 on the button and Galfond popped it to $9,000 from the big blind. A four-bet was next from Antonius, making it $27,000. Galfond called and when the flop ran out {J-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}, he checked. Antonius bet the $54,000 pot and was met with an all-in raise from Galfond. With roughly $44,000 behind, Antonius called all-in with {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{8-Spades} for just one pair, and Galfond tabled {Q-Spades}{9-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{7-Clubs} for the monster wrap.

Despite being nearly 3:2 to win the pot, Galfond came up empty handed on not one, but two runs. The first brought a {6-Clubs} turn followed by a {6-Spades} river, locking up half the pot for Antonius with sixes full of aces. The second again missed Galfond completely again when the {10-Spades} turn and {J-Clubs} river kept Antonius' aces in play. The $248,972 pot went Antonius' way once again.

Antonius raised to $3,000 on the button and Galfond made it $9,000 to play from the big blind. A call from Antonius led to a {Q-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop. Galfond bet $11,500, but was quickly met with a pot-sized raise to $52,500 from Antonius. Galfond put the rest of his stack in, about $100,000. Antonius called with {K-Clubs}{Q-Clubs}{10-Spades}{5-Diamonds} for top pair and a flush draw, needing to catch up against Galfond's {8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} for bottom set.

They ran it twice, and as was the case much of their session, Antonius escaped with both halves of the pot. The first run brought the {5-Spades} turn and {Q-Diamonds} river, giving Antonius better full house; the second run delivered the {6-Hearts} turn followed by the {4-Clubs} river, making a flush for Antonius. Ship the $217,996 pot to Finland.

Who's Up? Who's Down?

This week’s biggest winners (2/4-2/7): Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond (+$646,000), Gus Hansen (+$185,000), Daniel "jungleman12" Cates (+$88,000)

Week’s biggest losers: Scott "URnotINdanger2" Palmer (-$787,000), Di “Urindanger” Dang (-$137,000)

Year-to-date winners: Gus Hansen (+$1.35 million), Patrik Antonius ($919,000), Di "ilvdnfl" Dang (PokerStars - +$806,000), Di “Urindanger” Dang (+$726,000)

Year-to-date losers: NEKOTYAN (-$837,000), Phil Ivey (-$682,000), Kpederson (-$543,000)

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