Legendary American poker player, Phil Galfond, and his poker training website, Run It Once Poker, got into the Christmas spirit by raising $23,734 for charitable causes.
Run It Once’s Double Up For Charity event teamed up with Double Up Drive for a 27-player Pro-Am SNG Select tournament for charity. Double Up Drive hosts matching charity drives to raise money by collecting up-front pledges from big donors for 1:1 matches to smaller pledges. To date, with the generous support of their supporters and funders, Double Up Drive has helped raise more than $18 million for charities.
The special Double Up for Charity event began on December 19 and featured some of the world’s best poker players fighting it out at Run It Once, and they donated €10 for every player who played a hand.
Who Had a Seat at the Run It Once SNG Shootout Tournament
Eighteen seats at the SNG shootout tournament were taken by well-known poker pros, while the remaining nine seats went to the public. Of those nine, the top five donors to the event at Double Up Drive automatically received a seat, and a random drawing from those who donated any amount filled the final four seats.
Run It Once streamed the tournament on its Twitch channel, and legendary sportswriter Norman Chad provided the minute-by-minute commentary.
The following poker professionals were guaranteed seats.
- Phil Galfond
- Farah Galfond
- Daniel Dvoress
- Dan Smith
- Chance Kornuth
- Andrew Lichtenberger
- Jamie Kerstetter
- Kevin Rabichow
- Patrick Leonard
- Jamie Kerstetter
- Marle Cordeiro
- Stephen Chidwick
- Luc Greenwood
SNG Means Three-Handed, Hyper-Turbo Sit-N-Goes
In the first round of the Run It Once’s Double Up For Charity event, players were split into three groups, and each group played three rounds of Cub3d SNGs. The event offered a variable prize for first place, and second and third place also had a chance to advance. The player with the most chips advanced to the second round.
Once again, the winners of the first round were divided into three player groups for the second round. But, the play transitioned into a Classic SNG shootout, meaning that each group played one SNG match, and the winner advanced to the finals. The three winners then competed in one final Classic SNG, where the champion was crowned.
The winner of the tournament received a trophy, and access to 3 months of Run It Once Training’s Elite plan, A-Game Poker Masterclass, and 3 months of Run It Once Training’s Vision GTO Trainer.
Phil Galfond’s Run It Once Poker
As of 2011, Phil Galfond had a net profit of over $8 million playing internet poker, making him one of the most successful online poker players in history.
In 2012, Galfond launched Run It Once Training, with fellow high-stakes poker players Di Dang, Hac Dang and Ben Sulsky as coaches. By 2019, Run It Once Poker had 125 coaches producing lessons and content for the site.
Run It Once Training is a training school for anyone who wants to learn how to play with the best of the best. The training features online poker videos walking new players through all of the strategies that make a winner.
Just this last year, Galfond and crew launched Run It Once Poker, a new poker app regulated in Malta by the Malta Gaming Authority. Run It Once Limited is also licensed and regulated in Great Britain.
While Run It Once training is live in the US, the poker app has yet to make its American debut. Due to current legal issues, it won’t be available in the United States.
The group has also launched Draftboard, a daily fantasy sports app. A unique feature of Draftboard is the Live section which features amazing animations tracking your players’ progress in real-time, displaying you every touchdown and home run as it happens. Draftboard is currently available in 30 US states.