Phil Galfond’s biography

Phil Galfond
Phil Galfond (39 years)
over $2 960 000
Offline prizes
exact amount is unknown
Online prizes
The 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 (closed): OMGClayAiken

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 afterward entered the Wisconsin University in Madison, where he studied philosophy.
  • Thanks to the reputation of a successful high-stakes 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 the "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 the "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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