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“OMGClayAiken” Ranks Third Highest Online Cash Player

EV60_Day 01It comes as no surprise yet another poker player, Phil Galfond, has gained the attention on the rankings list. Just recently he played his 500 thousandth hand and has since surpassed that figure going up to 512,898 at this moment in time. This impressive number of plays has obviously meant Phil likes to spend a fair bit of his time playing poker and it is easy to see why. So far he has amassed profits of almost $10 million. To be exact he is in fact approaching $10 million as he currently stands at $9,663,172 profit.

Phil is no oldie either being only 28 years old born in 1985 in the USA’s North Potomac, Maryland area. His online poker career started after he left high school and in fact he was still in education at the time attending the University of Wisconsin Madison as a freshman. With his first $50 he began what is now an unbelievably successful career playing $5 sit ‘n’ go before he made the jump into the ring games for cash.

He made his mark in the sit ‘n’ goes as did players like Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan turning over a profit and then deciding to look further into the statistics and plays taking the game a little more seriously as he began to realise there was cash to be made. His move into cash was extensive as he didn’t start in the lower ranking of low stakes and instead jumped into mid-stake games at $5/$10, which by all intense and purposes is full of sharks, so his success here was the beginning of what has become a multimillion dollar job.

Since then he has played Phil Ivey in a $300/$600 No Limit Hold’em cash game where he took $400k to the table, but this wasn’t his most triumphant moment as Phil managed to walk away from that one taking a huge slice of Galfond’s buy-in.

Later Phil took down his largest win in March 2010. He walked off with $1.6 million after playing Victor ‘Isildur1’ Blom. Despite this mammoth take down Phil still hasn’t made things easy for himself as he has also recorded some huge losses on his journey to greatness. In Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, he has written off close to $1.7 million possibly starting a little too high up the rankings in a game that isn’t or hasn’t been his first choice style.

In live poker Phil is also a success pulling together over $1 million tournament profits. He actually averages around $30k a year, but in 2008 he managed to rake in $871,789, which is the large majority of his overall live poker winnings. His impressive win was for $817,781 for a WSOP bracelet playing in a $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha tournament in the 29th World Series of Poker in Las Vegas where he saw off final table opponents including Negreanu, Hellmuth, Chan, Benyamine and Juanda.

On that note, if he is capable of beating a line up as prestigious as that, then really there can be no questioning the fact that he is now being recognised as yet another top online cash player!


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