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Nosebleeds Newsflash: Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond down $1 million in the last 48 hours

No poker pro or amateur can avoid downswings. Not even the best ones, and the high stakes action from the last 48 hours proves it.

Arguably the best poker player in the world, Phil Galfond felt how cruel a downswing can be and lost almost $1 million in the last two days, according to HighStakesDB.

Galfond, who plays under the nickname “OMGClayAiken” on Full Tilt, decided to challenge red-hot Macau-based player “samrostan” on his own turf: the mixed games. Online pro samrostan was already feeling very comfortable after winning $600k last week and accepted the G-Bucks challenge. It was a decision he will not forget any time soon as he crushed the American in two major sessions at the $300/$600 and $1,500/$3,000 8-Games tables.

The first session started at 12:21 a.m. yesterday morning and lasted almost nine hours. Most of the action was played at the $300/$600 limit, with samrostan crushing the poker legend. The battle heated up after four hours with the two players deciding to add another table to the mix. Overall, 2,106 hands were played between the American and the Asian with Galfond losing $816,960.

At 9:00 AM, samrostan called it quits in spite of all OMGClayAiken’s attempts to convince him otherwise. “Need to go eat. So tired. Will play next time,” the Asian said on the chat. Galfond begged for another chance, but samrostan knew his limits and stood by his decision. “I played 10 hours already. What do you want to do? Play 40 hours?” the winner asked. Galfond responded that he wanted to play just a couple hours more. Eventually the two agreed to resume play later.

OMGClayAiken and samrostan were back at the tables 13 hours later at around 10:20 p.m. They played the highest stakes for almost four hours into the night and the result was the same. The Asian beat the American yet again, taking from his bankroll $137,401 in 652 hands and the revenge was postponed.

With this win, samrostan is up almost $1.5 million in 18 December mixed-games sessions. No doubt Galfond is looking forward to continuing his battle with the Macau-based player and recover from his latest loss. Will samrostan hang on?

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