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Galfond Hits Vancouver as Player Exodus Picks Up
High-stakes icon Phil Galfond made a prominent return to the online poker tables last night, battling Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky on PokerStars from his new temporary home in Vancouver, Canada.
Now that the World Series of Poker has wrapped in Las Vegas, the pace of online poker players moving out of the US to get back to the tables has picked up substantially, with none more prominent than Galfond.
The high-stakes pro known as OMGClayAiken on Full Tilt Poker confirmed he didn't return to his New York residence post-WSOP and has set up shop in Vancouver - at least for the near future.
Galfond issued the news to his followers via his Twitter account, announcing “Hey twitter I’m in Canada” followed by "staying here for 3-6 months and then re-evaluating."
He then made a request for a $50k transfer on Stars and before long was back playing $25/$50 and $50/$100 PLO under his MrSweets28 account.
His opponents included Blom, Sulsky and some new blood in the games including German mTw-DavIN, le kork and verve.oasis.
isildur1 playfully noted Galfond's arrival with an "Oh no, he's back!" in the chat log.
By the end of the 2,500+ hand session Galfond was down about $18,000, however, according to highstakesdb.
The trickle of online players leaving the States has picked up over the last few days with several players posting in the 2+2 forums about their new grind houses in foreign locales.
Canada, the UK and Costa Rica seem to be the current front runners, with trailblazers already reporting houses set up, accounts transferred over and grinding resumed.