Playing under the moniker OMGClayAiken at Full Tilt Poker, Phil Galfond steadily climbed his way up to the nosebleed stakes, earning over $8 million at Full Tilt between January 2007 and January 2010. In 2008, Galfond proved to be an adept live tournament player as well, with a World Series of Poker win that resulted in $800k and what is likely to be the first of more WSOP bracelets.
The successful, young poker pro
started out playing Sit and Gos in college when a friend convinced him to give the potentially more lucrative cash games a shot. By his junior year, Galfond made the pivotal decision to take time off from college to play poker
full time, a resolution that has made Phil Galfond a multi-millionaire.
In 2007, like many high stakes
players, 'OMGClayAiken' experienced upswings and downswings within the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but finished the year with almost $350k in profits at Full Tilt. The following year, Phil Galfond's bankroll expanded steadily as his online poker
revenue soared through the millions, ending 2008 with a $7 million increase. 2009 was a bumpy ride, with Galfond winning and losing massive sums over the course of the year, culminating in only $100k in Full Tilt profits for 2009.
Crediting his ability to cope with the stress of professional poker's inevitable downswings to Tommy Angelo, his former coach, Phil Galfond promotes a healthy mindset of stepping away from the game when it begins to take a physical or mental toll. Phil Galfond launched his own poker coaching site in 2009, touting BlueFirePoker as a “quality over quantity” instructional platform. With one WSOP bracelet and millions of dollars under his belt, Phil Galfond's future goals are to win millions more and earn additional major titles.