By Nathan Carroll, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
PokerStars announced early this morning the next player to take on Swedish wunderkind Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom in the SuperStar Showdown will be none other than fellow Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu. The two will each put up $150,000 and meet for a 2500-hand match of $50/$100 No Limit Hold'em for two consecutive Sundays on March 20 and 27 at 15:00 ET.
Isildur1 has had plenty of success in his SuperStar Showdowns since the gauntlet was thrown down last fall. He has amassed a record of 3-1 and accumulated $165,525 in winnings.
This match-up has been in the cards for quite a while. Back in early February, Negreanu dedicated most of a blog entry to detailing his preparations for eventually taking on Isildur in the SuperStar Showdown. He wrote that as a longtime live poker player, he struggled playing four tables at once, something the rules of the Showdown mandate. To practice, he took on several heads-up specialists in 4-table matches at $5/$10, including Team PokerStars Online Pro Randy 'Nanonoko' Lew, one of the winningest players in PokerStars history.
Negreanu's results had him up almost 15 buy-ins in 6774 hands. Despite that success, he wrote, "This is just the early stages of my training for a match with Isildur1, so don't expect any announcements anytime soon." But now, over a month later, it is most definitely on.
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