Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond Overcomes Downswing To Go $787,230 Up In 2011

Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond is a consummate 26 year-old US poker pro who has made $8,244,053 playing online cash games at Full Tilt since 2007.
Despite his enviable results, the New York City resident didn’t get off to the best start in 2011 and back in early February confessed on his blog to being in the midst of the biggest downswing of his career of $1.7 million.
Putting things into perspective, Phil Galfond then explained that most of his losses came at
2-7 triple draw, which he decided to learn by jumping in at the high-stakes deep-end of $1,500/$3,000. As Galfond wrote at the time:
“I think it’s extremely important to my career that I learn every game as best I can.  At nosebleed stakes, ESPECIALLY live, it’s hugely beneficial to be able to play a variety of games.”
However, it would seem that Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond’s hard work, skill and patience has finally paid off once more as he has now managed to overcome his massive downswing to make a $1.9 million profit in March.
Currently showing a healthy $787,230 profit for 2011, Galfond was helped along in his comeback by an impressive $584,754 winning session recently at Full Tilt’s virtual felts in which he played a series of heads up PLO, as well as 2-7 draw matches against such players as Gus Hansen, Van Marcus and Scott “URnotINdanger2” Palmer.
Eventually, after 2,195 hands at stakes of between $300/$600 and $500/$1000, Galfond won an impressive $584,754 to set his year firmly back on track. Later commenting on his blog for the first time since his downswing post on February 3rd, the WSOP bracelet winner said:
“I’ve been grinding nonstop this month.  I have had a lot of motivation to rebuild my roll after my massive downswing…Fortunately it’s worked!”
Galfond then went on to say that his results were probably the “opposite side of variance,” but then cheerfully added, “I still need a lot of work on my 2-7 game (I find myself lost/confused way too often still), and a ton of work on my Stud games, but I think everything’s coming along well.”

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