Blom Bests Haxton In The $500k SuperStar Showdown
By James Spillane, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
PokerStars Team Online Pro Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom faced off against Isaac ‘philivey2694’ Haxton this week in the third SuperStar Showdown they’ve played, winning $500,000 over three days and 5030 hands.
For the first time the challenge was fought at $200/$400 stakes, the highest offered on PokerStars. Each with a $500k buy-in and no stoploss, they four-tabled heads up over three long sessions until finally, after 12 hours of play, Ike busted.
The hyper-aggressive duo both played close to 100% of their hands, raising pre-flop over 60% and 3-betting close to 30%. They played eight pots over $100,000, each winning four.
The largest and perhaps most impressive hand saw Isildur picking off a three-barrel bluff from Ike, making one of his trademark river snap-calls for a pot of over 400 big blinds:
Isildur1 (BTN/SB): $84848.00
philivey2694 (BB): $125912.00
Isildur1 raises to $1200, philivey2694 raises to $4800, Isildur1 calls $3600
Flop: ($9600.00) J A T
philivey2694 bets $7200.00, Isildur1 calls $7200
Turn: ($24000.00) 8
philivey2694 bets $19200.00, Isildur1 calls $19200
River: ($62400.00) K
philivey2694 bets $94712.00, Isildur1 calls $53648 all in
Final Pot: ($169696.00)
Isildur1 shows A 8 philivey2694 shows 6 K Isildur1 wins $169696.00
Haxton made a similar tough call in this spot:
Isildur1 (BTN/SB): $108976.00
philivey2694 (BB): $111864.00
Isildur1 raises to $1000, philivey2694 calls $800
Flop: ($2400.00) 4 44
philivey2694 checks, Isildur1 bets $2000.00, philivey2694 calls $2000
Turn: ($6400.00) Qphilivey2694 checks, Isildur1 bets $5600.00, philivey2694 calls $5600
River: ($17600.00) Kphilivey2694 checks, Isildur1 bets $30000.00, philivey2694 calls $30000
Final Pot: ($77600.00)
Isildur1 shows 5 6
philivey2694 shows 22
philivey2694 wins $77600.00
EV GraphsWinnings, all-in EV, red and blue lines for Isildur1, across over a thousand of the largest pots they played:
Special thanks to posters Villagio and Vanilla Thunder on the 2+2 Forums for helping to compile this data.
Blom's Showdown HistoryViktor's results in these exhibition HU matches have been near-perfect, going 10-for-13 to win $684k prior to this match, over 30k hands and 11 opponents. The only player in the green versus him was Haxton, up just a few buy-ins over two previous matches.That all changed this week of course, as Viktor pulled way ahead in the dollar amounts. It may take hundreds of thousands of hands to truly know which of these online stars has the edge, however; they're both widely considered to be amongst the top 5, perhaps even top 2 HU NL players in the world.
Get InvolvedIf you have a PokerStars account and the bankroll, you can challenge Isildur1 to your own SuperStar Showdown, usually a 2,500 hand session at $50/$100 stakes with a $150k buy-in. Serious applicants are invited to email [email protected].US-based players can rail high stakes by downloading the PokerStars client from this approved link for Windows users, or this one for Mac. Spectating is not prohibited.Three-part video of the full match was also recorded online by YouTube user shorshiiii.Watch in full-screen and enable HD settings using the button.