The Team PokerStars Pro Viktor Blom has not only beaten but completely obliterated the latest challenger in his SuperStar Showdown. Isaac "philivery2694" Haxton was seen as a favourite in this match but he was dispatched of in just 5,030 hands.
In the standard edition of the SuperStar Showdown Blom, better known as his alias "Isildur1," takes on a fellow high stakes cash game player across four tables of heads-up No Limit Hold'em or Pot Limit Omaha with blinds of $50/$100. They then play for 2,500 hands or until one of the players has won the $150,000 they have set aside for the challenge.
Blom and Haxton had faced each other twice in a standard challenge, with Haxton winning both battles. Haxton won the first encounter by $41,701 and then more recently by just $5,093. Despite having lost twice to the extremely talented Haxton, Blom decided to up the ante and make their third match even more exciting!
The pair agreed to make their latest installment of the challenge a $1,000,000 winner-takes-all affair! The blinds were increased to $200/$400 and each player sat down with a total of $500,000 available. Instead of playing just 2,500 hands, the cash game gurus agreed to play one four-hour session per day until one player had won their opponent's $500,000!
Many in the poker community, this writer included, thought Haxton would run away with the match but we were all completely wrong because it was Blom who bulldozed his way to victory in record quick time. The first day's play took place on Saturday 31 March and by the time the four hour session had been completed Blom had carved himself a lead of $198,438 and then the session on Sunday 1 April saw the young Swede extend that lead to $281,365. The third and final match saw Blom continue his amazing run and win all of Haxton's available funds.
In total Blom needed just 5,030 hands to win $500,000 and that means his hourly rate for this challenge was an amazing $40,000 per hour; slightly more than I am receiving for this article! As one would expect there has been no world from Haxton's camp and at time of writing there has been no further challengers come forward to take on Blom.
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