What Do We Know About Galfond’s Next Opponent?

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The Galfond Challenge continues, and the next opponent who is currently facing Phil Galfond is a poker player Bill Perkins. Perkins now has a very difficult task ahead of him. Not only must he beat Phil Galfond, but also make the 25,000 hands that the two are about to play as exciting as his predecessor “VeniVidi1993.”

Namely, the mysterious player really gave a headache to Galfond, who even tried to quit the challenge at one point, having lost more than $1,000,000. However, he eventually managed to beat VeniVidi1993, winning slightly more than $1,000.

However, it seems that a similar scenario is unlikely to happen with Perkins at the moment. After two days, Galfond is already leading by approximately $70,000. However, the two players still have a lot to play, and anything can happen after some time.

The rules are a bit different when it comes to Perkins compared to VeniVidi1993. Namely, Galfond is now laying $1 million against $250,000. The two players will either play 50,000 hands of poker or stop when there’s a $400,000 loss.

In other words, the winner is either the player who emerges a winner after 50,000 played hands or when one of the players loses more than $400,000.

After the first day, the two players played a total of 388 hands, and Perkins was overall better compared to Galfond, taking a lead with $1,561.86. However, the second day was more exciting, as Galfond took the lead with approximately $70,000 more.

Who Is Bill Perkins?

Unlike VeniVidi1993, whose identity was not available, we have very detailed info about Perkins.

His full name is William O. Perkins III, and he was born back in 1969. Although he is a high-stakes poker player, that’s actually not the main occupation of this Texan. He is actually a hedge fund manager and a film producer as well.

His main focus as a hedge fund managed is the energy market and venture capitals. At the moment, Perkins is managing a company called Skylar Capital, which is an energy hedge fund that is based in Houston.

Perkins became an Electrical and Electronics Engineer when he graduated from the University of Iowa. His first worked for a popular oil trader John D. Arnold for a couple of years before starting a hedge fund of his own.

He was later the director of NortherStar Natural Gas and even the CEO of Cutuco Energy Central America. He event traded Goldman Sachs in 2008 and managed to turn a $1.25 million profit.

After that, he decided to become a film producer, and some of the films he produced include After Life, Unthinkable, and Cat Run.

Poker-wise, Perkins has been actively playing high-stake games and tournaments. His biggest live cash recorded was when he took part at the £1,050,000 No-Limit Hold ’em – Triton Million for Charity (Event #2), which was part of the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series that took place in London in 2019. He ended up sixth and won a total of $2,678,386 for his effort.

His other big success was in the event called $111,111 No-Limit Hold ’em – One Drop High Roller (Event #47), which was part of the 44th World Series of Poker that took place in Las Vegas in 2013. He ended third and won $1,965,163 for his effort.

Perkins also took part in many other events and tournaments around the globe, with a lot of them being played for high stakes.