Superstar Showdown returns to PokerStars Sunday
After a very long hiatus (the last Superstar Showdown took place in June 2011) the Superstar Showdown is coming back to PokerStars, and it will be a rematch of the very first Superstar Showdown that saw Isaac Haxton defeat Viktor “Isildur1” Blom in the 2,500 hand heads-up battle. The rematch will take place this coming Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Noon ET, and the two will see the stakes bumped up to $100/$200 –the first match was played at $50/$100.
After their first encounter, Haxton had nothing but nice things to say about the young online phenom Blom, telling the PokerStars blog:
“No one has ever more consistently made me miserable when playing against them,
“I guess I’d put (Phil) Ivey in second for that, but it’s honestly not that close. Isildur’s brand of over the top–but carefully balanced–aggression is unlike anything I’ve played against and really takes me out of my comfort zone in a lot of situations… As someone who’s probably played half a million hands of high stakes HUNL, that’s saying something.
“I’m not saying he’s definitely the best I’ve ever played, and I’m not saying he definitely isn’t, but, damn, is he a pain to play against,”
Blom on the other hand was non-plussed by Haxton’s skills, saying,
“I want to play this guy again, because I didn’t feel he was so good… I dont think he deserved to win.
“(Haxton) is too passive and a weak player. He did get lucky… He never had the guts to play me higher limits before either.”
Well Isildur, it looks like you’re going to get your chance!
Here is a look at the previous Superstar Showdown results:
* Dec. 19, 2010: Isaac “philivey2694” Haxton — Result -$41,701
* Jan. 2, 2011: Antanas “Tony G” Guoga – Result +$44,280
* Jan. 30, 2011: Daniel “w00ki3z” Cates – Result +$51,196
* Feb. 13, 2011: Eugene “MyRabbiFoo” Katchalov – Result +$111,750
* Feb. 27, 2011: Attila “DodgyFish72” Gulcsik — Result +$10
* March 20, 2011: Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu (part 1) – Result +$150,000
* March 27, 2011: Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu (Part 2) – Result -$26,500
* April 3, 2011: Scott “urnotindangr” Palmer (Part 1) — -Result $5,425
* April 10, 2011: Scott “urnotindangr” Palmer (Part 2) – Result +$66,607
* April 24, 2011: “Mastermixus” — Result +$1,279
* June 19, 2011: Rui “PepperoniF” Cao — Result +$150,000
While some people split the Superstar Showdown matches between Isildur1 and Daniel Negreanu, and Isildur1 and Scott Palmer into two separate entities, these matches were announced as single events, so by my reckoning Isildur1’s only loss in the Superstar Showdown was to Ike Haxton, giving him an 8-1 record.
You can watch the match as it unfolds on PokerStars this Sunday, but if you can’t tune in we’ll definitely have a write-up about it on Monday.
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