Phil Galfond is preparing to launch his own online poker site and he wants it to be a platform that’s by players and for players.
With more than $10 million in online cash game earnings, $2.3 million in live earnings and a WSOP bracelet to his name, it’s fair to say that Galfond knows a thing or two about poker.
But, in as well as having an acute understanding of poker strategy, Galfond has often involved himself in community issues.
Taking time to call out scammers like Samuel Touil, Galfond hasn’t been shy in speaking his mind in the past and in his recent blog post he’s called for a new poker site that “values” players.
While it’s a noble cause and worth writing about, Galfond isn’t stopping there. With cash and contacts ready to roll, Galfond is actually going to take up the mantle of creating a new poker site.
Galfond is certainly no stranger to setting up his own poker business. Back in 2009 Galfond partnered with William Murphy to launch the training site, Bluefire Poker.
Although Galfond and Murphy underwent an acrimonious split a few years later, Galfond wasn’t put off the poker business.
In fact, in 2013 he launched another training site, Run It Once, and it seems that from this foundation he’ll be launching a real money poker platform that serves players of all skill levels.
“A poker site needs to believe in the dream of poker as a career. It shouldn’t cater to professionals over other players, but it must make every policy change with the viability of the dream in mind,” Galfond wrote on Run It Once.
Of course, the road to launch, moreover regulation, won’t be an easy one. Phil Ivey famously tried to launch a real money poker site of his own and while he managed to launch a free play platform, it’s yet to evolve into anything more than that.
The odds are certainly against Galfond, but judging by the community’s response to his announcement, he could just be the man to pull it off.
“@johnconroy60: The ever wonderful, articulate and decent Phil Galfond gets it… Hope it’s a success.”
“@DCkrantz: Congrats, I am VERY excited for you and proud of you. Hope to play cards at your poker room in the future. GL.”
“JohnnyDuthie: Phil Galfond the time is right. PS have never been more vulnerable and misled. Good Luck!!”
Galfond’s project doesn’t have a launch date as yet, but it will certainly be interesting to see how his venture evolves in the coming months and years.