By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
Last Sunday Daniel Negreanu took a beating, a virtual beating that is. Viktor ‘isildur1’ Blom stacked the well-known PokerStars Pro to the tune of $150K in the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown. Not only did Blom win, he dominated, finishing KidPoker off in just over 1,400 of the 2,500 scheduled hands.
The rematch was set almost immediately. Negreanu even called off an appearance at the Wynn Classic in Las Vegas to take the week to prepare for the rematch, which was eagerly anticipated by the nosebleed railbirds and fans of both players.
Apparently the preparation paid off as Negreanu warded off the demons of yet another slow start and came from behind to squeak out a victory against Blom, who is quickly becoming one of the most feared, if not the best, heads-up players around these days.
The rules were the same as last week. Four tables of heads-up NLHE, a $150,000 bankroll and 2,500 hands of play (or less if either player gets stacked).
For the first half of the match, Blom, for lack of a better word, owned Negreanu, and it was beginning to look like a rerun of last week’s episode. Blom’s aggressive play was paying off, and he was catching perfect cards at perfect moments to take control of the match as well as a great deal of Negreanu’s $150,000 stake.
Just over halfway through the scheduled 2,500 hands, Blom had nearly 80% of Negreanu’s chips sitting in front of him, and the initial four tables had to be dropped to three, with Daniel’s remaining $30k spread out across them.
Things certainly didn’t look good for ‘KidPoker’ at this point, but he fought back and managed to double up twice within seconds at two different tables, and suddenly all the momentum that Blom had built up came to a screeching halt.
Negreanu drew nearly even with Blom after a flurry of action that saw him double up multiple times over the course of a few hundred hands. He would have to endure yet another stretch of “rungood” that Blom has become famous for, and Negreanu fell behind once again, this time by nearly $50k.
With less than 400 hands remaining in the match, Negreanu took his first lead of the day after battling back in impressive fashion, and over the remainder of the match, the lead would see-saw back and forth.
As the players closed it down for the day, Blom found himself on the short end of the chip count for the first time in six matches, and Negreanu was declared the winner as he used his late rally to amass a $26K lead when the dust had settled.
Negreanu was gracious in victory, commenting; "Isildur is incredible. I hope to do a training lesson with him one day. He's the best."
Blom’s opponent next week in the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown will be high-stakes cash game player Scott ‘urnotindangr’ Palmer. Stay tuned to see if Blom can get another winning streak started up.
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