Luke Schwartz talks to Jeff Gross prior to his game with Galfond
Especially known for his Full Tilt Poker site, Luke Schwartz shares a revealing two-hour interview with Twitch poker streamer Jeff Gross covering certain important levels of his life, his poker journey to his career downfall and of course, the Phil Galfond Challenge.
It was earlier this month that three-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Galfond was down €900,000 playing against his mystery challenger 'VeniVidi1993' in Phil Galfond Challenge. After the horrific loss, Run It Once founder, Galfond suspended the game. Galfond took a break from his loss, sharing some 4-page valuable insights on his Twitter handle upon a dreadful start only to hear it out from Schwartz.
Schwartz aka '_fullflush1_' smelling blood, didn't shy away from making opinions and addressed Galfond as "washed up nice guy" who "certainly can't beat the top guys in PLO anymore", adding "he's either too much ego or too stupid to quit." but later on reversed his statement altogether.
Schwartz appeared on the Jeff Gross podcast and shared his thoughts on the upcoming Galfond Challenge. This high-stakes poker player, widely known for his outspoken personality picked up the game as a nine-year-old with his American parents who used to play for a natural pastime on holidays. Just as he entered the twenties his skills became evident or what his HendonMob shows his final table finishes for 18 registered events!
Schwartz tells how he started grinding that led to a steady income and quickly rose through the ranks and arrived at $5/$10 games where things actually started to change. And gradually, stacked up $2 million into his Full Tilt account. Although by then, Schwartz had established his stance as one of the best cash game players, he turned into a degenerate betting up to $20,000 on random horses about which he knew nothing. As time went by, he managed to turn the tables and focused on his mixed game and now considers himself as the best poker player in the world.
The Londoner signed up to play Phil Galfond Challenge. They agreed to play 15,000 hands of $1,000/$2,000 8-game with a $250,000 side bet. Galfond has made his name in PLO while Schwartz wouldn't have taken up the offer to play PLO, in turn, Galfond agreed to play mixed games with him and has been playing the same in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio Casino, rather than PLO online.
However, Schwartz ended the interview saying that Phil Hellmuth simply isn't that great regardless of his results. On the other hand, he highly respects Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu. For more updates on poker from around the world, keep reading GutshotMagazine.com and stay tuned!
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