Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond's 5 Biggest Pots

Check out Phil Galfond's biggest ever pots

Today we're going to take a look back at the biggest five pots ever won by by online legend Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond. It might come as a surprise to those of you who know Galfond primarily as a PLO player that every one of his biggest pots took place at Full Tilt's $500/$1000 NLHE tables. However, given that Guy "elmariachimacho" Laliberte was in the games, perhaps it isn't such a surprise after all!

5. $404,295 - 6th December 2008 vs luvtheWNBA - $500/$1000 NLHE

In this six-max game Galfond puts a sickening beat on Ike "luvtheWNBA" Haxton. The cards deal out what usually turns out to be a classic cooler for Galfond as he gets KK to Haxton's AA. Haxton chooses to play his Ace's slowly, only calling pre-flop then check calling on the 8c 7s 4s flop. Haxton also checked the game-changing Kh turn but this time opted to check-raise Galfond's $15k bet to $61k. Galfond, now well in charge opts to just call rather than potentially scare his opponent away. The river brings a second 4, giving Haxton no reason to think he's not still ahead and he jams for over $130k. With top full house OMGClayAiken makes the easiest six-figure call he's likely to make to take this huge pot.

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4. $446,632 - 6th December 2008 vs durrrr - $500/$1000 NLHE

From the same session this pot took Galfond's mega-stack up to $1.5m after winning a big pot against his good friend Tom "durrrr" Dwan. Dwan, Galfond, and Laliberte go three ways to the flop after Galfond raises and Dwan three-bets to $15k. The flop comes down 4h Qc 3c and this is where the real action kicks off. Dwan leads with a $19k bet into the $46k pot, Laliberte gets out of the way only for Galfond to raise it up to $59k, leading to Dwan shoving for the remainder of his stack and Galfond calling. When the cards are turned it's nearly a 50/50 flip with Dwan actually a slight underdog with Qh 10h for top pair, and Galfond sitting on 4c 5c for a flush draw with an underpair. Things take a turn for the worse for Galfond as the Kh turn offers him no help and improves durrrr's holding to a flush draw. However, the 9c river hands the pot to Galfond

3. $455,650 - 30th October 2008 vs durrrr - $500/$1000 NLHE

The second mega-pot Galfond took from durrrr took place around 5 weeks prior to the last two pots, and this time it's a classic durrrr triple-barrel bluff gone wrong. He actually has the better hand pre-flop with Ad Qh against Galfond's Kh Jh. After missing the 8s 9h 6h flop, durrrr c-bets and is quickly called by Galfond. The heart flush completes on the turn, giving Galfond the second nuts and he duly raises durrrr's second barrel, only for durrrr to make an ill-advised 3-bet to $74k, an easy call for Galfond. When the 10s river hits, durrrr realises that his only possible chance to take the pot is to go for broke, and he duly does as his $146k all-in bet is picked off by his opponent.

See the pot in full here

2. $492,466 - 6th December 2008 vs BoostedJ - $500/$1000 NLHE

Back to the 6th December, and OMGClayAiken is at it again. It's a shame we don't get to see Justin "BoostedJ" Smith's cards here as, after some fairly aggressive betting and raising throughout the hand it's quite likely he had a strong hand. However, whatever his holding was, it would never be good enough to beat Galfond who's pocket Jacks (spades and diamonds) turned into a straight flush on the 9d 10d 8d 6h Qd board.

See the pot in full here

1. $541,526 - 19th January 2009 vs LarsLuzak - $500/$1000 NLHE

Taken from a full ring game of HA (NLHE & PLO mix) which were briefly popular in late 2008/early 2009 this is another pot in which it would be interesting to see the losers cards, and another pot in which the likelyhood of Galfond ever being beaten were extremely small. After an initial raise from Sami "LarsLuzak" Kelopuro and a call from Phil Ivey, Galfond bumps it up to $14.5k from the big blind with KK and gets two callers. The 9c Ks 9d hands Galfond an almost unbeatable Kings full of 9's. Not much more to say from here on it - Galfond bets every street, and although Ivey gets away after the flop, LarsLuzak calls all the way for his entire stack and hands Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond his biggest ever online pot in the process.

See the pot in full here

 

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