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Negreanu To Challenge Isildur1 in PokerStars SuperStar Showdown

Posted at 10:38 2011-03-17

The man of the moment on PokerStars – Viktor “Isildur1” Blom – will clash with the site’s biggest star in Daniel Negreanu, in a match that will put the “SuperStar” in the SuperStar Showdown Challenge. Ever since PokerStars trotted out the SuperStar Showdown format with the inking of Isildur1, railbirds have been sweating the idea of the man known as “KidPoker” showing down with the hyper-aggressive 20-year old Swede.

We can now confirm, it’s going to happen – and really soon!

This Monday will see railbirds flock to PokerStars to catch the action as Negreanu and Blom go head-to-head across four tables of No Limit Hold’em at stakes no less than $50/$100. The SuperStar Showdown format has worked very nicely for Blom who holds a 4-1 record and is up over $150,000.

Just to capture the excitement of the event, PokerStars have decided to drag the action out over two weeks. This Monday will see the players seated for 2,500 hands, before returning the following Monday to do the same again. In total they will play 5,000 hands of Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em with the player with the most money at the end of play declared the winner. Both players will sit with $150,000 across the tables and that will have to last them the duration of the battle, if either player goes bust at anytime, the other player will win the challenge by knockout.

Interest in the challenge is so great that online bookmaker Pinnacle Sports has come out with odds on the match. Isildur1 is a short priced favourite at $1.45, with Negreanu the outsider at $2.93. With Negreanu’s lack of reputation as a big time online player and the multi-table heads up format, it is clear that Blom has the form advantage coming into the battle, however Negreanu can definitely be counted on to put up a fight and will certainly prove to be an intriguing matchup.

PokerStars has been quick to cash in on the hysteria surrounding the match putting on a special $1 million guaranteed version of the tournament formerly known as the Sunday Quarter Million. The special tournament is to celebrate the rebranding of the tournament, now known as the Sunday Storm, and will coincide with the second round of the Negreanu/Isildur1 SuperStar Showdown.

Players can buy in directly to the tournament for $11 or can freeroll in from one of the daily satellites running right now. Those yet to make a real money deposit can get a free ticket into the tournament just for depositing $20 and entering the code “Storm”.

The $1 million guarantee is sure to bring a massive field to the tournament and could result in a low bankrolled player winning a life changing amount of money.

If you’re not already playing at PokerStars, it is a great time to get over there and take advantage of PokerNetwork’s exclusive 100% up to $600 deposit bonus, as well as cashing in a free ticket into the special Sunday Storm $1 million guaranteed tournament. Just use our PokerStars Marketing Code POKERNETWORK and our PokerStars Bonus Code STARS600.

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Isildur1 and Negreanu will go head-to-head next Monday! Isildur1 and Negreanu will go head-to-head next Monday!

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