Phil Galfond (born 1985) is an American professional poker player. Galfond won a World Series of Poker bracelet in the $5,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha with Rebuys event at the 2008 World Series of Poker. Due to his success as a high stakes online player he appeared on Season 4 of GSN’s “High Stakes Poker” and will be appearing on Season 6 as well. He currently resides in New York City. Galfond is originally from North Potomac, Maryland and attended Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
World Series of Poker
Galfond has six cashes at the World Series of Poker and won the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha w/ Rebuys event at the 2008 World Series of Poker, earning $817,781. He defeated Adam Hourani during heads-up play. The final table featured a number of well known professional players including Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, John Juanda, Kirill Gerasimov, Johnny Chan, David Benyamine as well as online players Brian ‘tsarrast’ Rast and Adam ‘houdini’ Hourani.
Other poker events
Galfond is well known for online poker where he plays high stakes cash games primarily $200/$400 stakes and above in No-limit Texas Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha tables on Full Tilt Poker under his nickname “OMGClayAiken”. Galfond finished in 70th place in the 2008 $25,000 buy-in World Poker Tour No Limit Hold’em Championship Event, earning $39,570. He finished in 18th place at the 2006 World Series of Poker Circuit event in Grand Casino Tunica, earning $22,895. As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $939,000. His 5 cashes at the WSOP account for $868,834 of those winnings.
Launch of BlueFirePoker
In January 2009 after several years of discussing the possibility, Galfond launched BlueFirePoker.com, a poker training site utilizing instructional videos. At BlueFirePoker Galfond is in charge of all of the instructional content as well as hiring additional trainers, his partners handle the day to day operation of the site and business.