Viktor “isildur1” Blom, one of the top poker pros in the poker gaming community, beat Daniel Negreanu, another great poker player, at the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown, a heads-up no-limit Texas Hold’em tournament. Negreanu found that he was in the red for $150,000 after playing 1,439 hands during the first half of the match. However, during the second half of the tournament played this week, Negreanu won a cool sum of $26,500 after playing 2,500 hands.
Blom was the leading player at the beginning of the match. When 1200 hands were played, Blom was in the lead for $100k. He was still in the lead for $120k after 100 more hands were played. Many excited spectators thought that Blom will continue to be in the lead and will finally beat Negreanu. But this was not to be because “Kid Poker” started playing his miracles toward the end of the match. In a surprising turn of events, Negreanu put himself in the lead when there were just 350 hands left to play. He marched ahead of his opponent when there were just 38 hands left. While Blom turned up pocket fours, Negreanu showed pocket aces, earned a cool prize of $20,000, and emerged as the winner of the tough match.
Blom had won 5 heads-up SuperStar Showdowns and had lost only once to Tony G Guoga, the Australian poker pro. His second loss was to Negreanu. He will next play a two-part rematch against Scott “urnotindanger” Palmer, the first part of which is scheduled to be held on April 2, Sunday.
Any poker player with a bankroll can play against isildur1 at a PokerStars SuperStar Showdown heads-up match. Interested players simply have to email showdown@pokerstars.com stating that they are challenging Blom to a poker fight. Poker players without bankrolls can try qualifying for a heads-up match at PokerStars. The online poker room runs qualifiers enabling interested players to play against Blom with a bankroll of $15k but at only a 10th of the original stages.
Players can keep anything that is left of the bankroll at the end of the match; however, if either they or Blom wins the entire $15k bankroll in the course of the heads-up tournament, they will receive a knockout bonus of $10k. The details are available at the PokerStars website. Players with queries can email to support@pokerstars.com. This showdown has captured the attention of the poker community in a big way.

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