The online poker community has been waiting for the SuperStar Showdown Challenge, a heads-up match, between Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, both members of Team PokerStars, for a long time. Finally, the heads-up poker match will be held on March 20 on PokerStars.
However, the match will be played over two weekends. Blom and Negreanu will play 25,000 hands during the No Limit Hold’em match on four poker tables with $50/$100 limits on March 20. They will continue the same match on March 27 and will play the rest of the 2,500 hands. This promises a load of exciting heads-up poker action for the online poker community. Each player will place $150k on the tables for the entire match; and the winner will win his opponent’s bankroll. The PokerStars Blog has all the latest information regarding this Showdown.
The first SuperStar Showdown was played against Isaac ‘philivey2694’ Haxton on Dec 19, 2010 and Isildur1 lost a huge sum of $41,701 to Haxton, who had played exceedingly well. Haxton was full of praise for his opponent, stating that he had never come across more carefully balanced aggression anywhere else.
The second match was played against Antanas “Tony G” Guoga, but this time, it was Isildur1 who won $44,280 against Tony G. Although Tony G. After using some choice words, Tony G. decided to gracefully accept his loss.
The third match was played against Daniel “w00ki3z.” Cates, in which Isildur1 won again, adding a cool $51,195 to his bankroll. Since Cates had already won more than $750k that year, winning against him was quite a huge achievement on the part of Isildur1.
During his fourth match against Eugene “MyRabbiFoo” Katchalov, Isildur1 won a huge amount of $111,750, making his total SuperStar Showdown winnings $166,065. Katchalov had just defeated Daniel Negreanu at the PCA Super High Roller event and had won a whopping $1.5 million.
Toward February end, Attila “Dodgyfish27” Gulcsik, a Hungarian poker player, accepted Isildur1’s challenge. Gulcsik had won the chance to play against Isildur1 in a PokerStars qualifier. Since it was the first mini version of the event, the stakes were brought down to $5/$10 with a bankroll of $15k placed on the table, but 2,500 hands were played over 4 tables. Dodgyfish27 lost by just one big blind, and it turned out to be one of the narrowest wins for Isildur1, pulling him up to a 4-1 record.

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