PokerCast Episode 221 - Phil Galfond, Taylor Caby & SCOOP Coverage
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - This week on the Two Plus Two PokerCast Mike and Adam celebrate the return of the Two Plus Two forums and get company founder Mason Malmuth on the line to get some behind the scenes details about the relaunch. The feature guest on the program is high stakes cash game specialist and Two Plus Two favorite Phil Galfond. Phil makes his long overdue return to talk about his relocation north of the border after Black Friday, shares his thoughts about Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, provides some Pot-Limit Omaha strategy and even tells some stories about the famous apartment slide. Next the guys connect with former poker pro, entrepreneur & co-founder of CardRunners Taylor Caby to hear about his new business venture DraftDay.com. Mike and Adam also cover all the latest SCOOP action (with the help of Shaun Deeb), changes to this year's World Series of Poker and of course give away the password for the May 20th Poker Stars VIP Club Invitational for PokerCast listeners. Discuss this Pokercast on the 2+2 Forums
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Born in 1985, Phil 'OMGClayAiken' Galfond is a professional poker player from North Potomac, Maryland. Galfond attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and currently resides in Vancouver, Canada. Phil began playing poker in 2003 focusing on sit-n-go tournaments for the first 2-2.5 years. He switched to No Limit cash games and eventually moved over to Pot Limit Omaha. You can now find him playing in the biggest PLO games available online and he has been featured on seasons 4 and 6 of GSN's High Stakes Poker.
Phil had two cashes in the 2006 World Series of Poker and followed that up with two more in 2007. At the 2008 WSOP, Galfond won his first bracelet in the $5,000 buy-in pot-limit Omaha with rebuys event for just shy of $818,000. Hendon Mob lists his live tournament earnings as approaching $1 million.
Phil posts on 2+2 under the handle “jman28.” Learn more about Phil Galfond
Taylor Caby is a professional poker player from Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating with a degree in finance. Born in 1980, Caby began playing poker with his family at the age of 13 and discovered online poker during his freshman year at Illinois. He quickly parlayed his initial $35 deposit into six figures. His poker sense has attracted the attention of others in the business community. Impressed with his ability, a regular in the 100 NL online games offered Caby a summer apprenticeship with a prominent New York hedge fund.
Caby cofounded the video training site CardRunners.com. He continues in his role as a video instructor and coach in addition to overseeing the company. In 2008 CardRunners partnered with Full Tilt Poker, which saw Caby and other members of “Team Cardrunners” become Full Tilt Poker “Red Pros.”
Taylor considers himself an expert in No Limit Hold’em cash games and is particularly skilled in heads up play. Recently Caby has expanded his game to live tournament play. Thus far, Caby has 2 WSOP cashes, 2 WPT cashes and impressive results in Full Tilt’s Poker Million VIII. Learn more about Taylor Caby
Mason Malmuth received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 1973 from Virginia Tech and completed a master’s from the same program in 1975. While working for the United States Census Bureau in 1979, Mason stopped overnight in Las Vegas while driving to his new assignment in California. He was immediately fascinated by the games and gambling immediately became his major interest. After arriving in California he discovered that poker was legal and began playing in some of the public card rooms as well as taking periodic trips to Las Vegas where he would play both poker and blackjack. In 1981 he relocated to Los Angeles for The Northrop Corporation where he was employed as a mathematician, at which time he pursued his interest in poker in the public card rooms in Gardena, Bell Gardens, and Commerce.
His company, Two Plus Two Publishing has sold over 1.5 million books and currently has 35 titles to its credit with more on the way. These books are recognized as the best in their field and are thoroughly studied by those who take gambling seriously. Mason's latest book "Real Poker Psychology" is available now! Learn more about Mason Malmuth
Shaun Deeb is a professional poker player from Troy, NY currently living in Las Vegas. Deeb launched his online tournament career from a single deposit of $30, which he parlayed into $33,000 in two weeks.
Deeb rose to internet poker fame and was known for the incredible multi-table tournament volume he could put in, as well as his ability to multi-tabling 30+ tournaments at one time. In addition to his multi-tabling prowess, Deeb was lauded for his ability to take a nightly $5 re-buy tournament as serious as he would a tournament with exponentially larger buy in. After dominating the online tournament scene for years, Shaun has now set his sights on playing in the largest live poker games in the world.Learn more about Shaun Deeb