English poker pro Luke Schwartz blasted Phil Galfond via Twitter after the latter announced he was seriously thinking of quitting his opening PLO Challenge match against mystery player VeniVidi1993 after losing more than €900,000 already.
This was the very first Galfond Challenge for 2020 and running into its third full week, it appears that this matchup is turning into a nightmare for the 35-year-old Galfond.
As he licked his wounds, the three-time WSOP bracelet winner shared some valuable gaming insight about the downswings and a 4-page note of the awful start, "I was playing scared. I was expecting to lose. I simply couldn't get my brain to work properly," he further explains, "The most difficult thing about an extended downswing isn't the loss of money - it's the loss of hope. It's the game between the result and your expectations, and how it changes your vision of your poker future."
As Galfond was taking a breather from his massive loss, most of the poker community was sending hugs and love to him as he scrambles to get back up, however, 2019 WSOP Event #49 Lowball Triple Draw Championship winner Luke Schwartz had the opposite approach. He wrote on Twitter, "Galfond is writing these pigeon fuking notes after he gets his ass handed to him every session by someone who is 5 years and 14 advanced solvers better than him."
Galfond wrote some highlights regarding his dilemma, as well as the daily tiring poker study and sessions, he was unable to play his A or B game, Schwartz commented on that bit saying, "Forget you talking about a game b game c game, your A plus game will lose to him at close to the same rate that you have been."
Schwartz described Galfond as a "washed up nice guy", who "certainly can't beat the top guys in PLO anymore", also adding, "he's either too much ego or too stupid to quit." He also repeated his previous challenge to Galfond that they play heads up in any limit or big bet mix.
Galfond, who planned on taking a break, replied to Schwartz's tweet saying he's not backing out on their match and will play after WSOP as discussed before, "We'll play when I'm done with a few of these, probably after WSOP, as we've discussed & planned. Do I have to post our texts?" Luke replies, "I'm just hyping it, was more of a slander about the post match essays and the miserable fanboys worrying about you."
A match between Galfond and Schwartz is most likely to happen soon, and for sure it will attract a lot of people in the poker community.
Galfond now plans to take a break before ultimately deciding if he is going to "throw in the towel" or not. As penalty for this, he will pay €3,000 per day, which would equate to him losing a €200,000 sidebet, but this would give him time to prepare himself for the next matchup - Bill Perkins is next, with Chance Kornuth, Dan "Jungleman" Cates, online PLO star ActionFreak, and Brandon Adams on the lineup.