The second round of the special, two-hurdle online showdown between Daniel Negreanu and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom ended with an unexpected win for the former who had been annihilated in the opening round.
The Mult-Table heads-up challenge that is known as the SuperStar Showdown was arranged by both players’ sponsor, PokerStars, as the latest instalment in the “Isildur1”-against-the-world challenge set up to promote the Swedish player in the online arena.
Negreanu turned his fortune around in the second match, making a profit of $26,500 which offsets some of his huge $150,000 loss from the previous week. It took a lot to manage Blom’s out-of-the-blocks style once again, as the Swede came out swinging and created a huge lead very early on. To rake in 120,00 of his opponent’s $150,000 stake, this time after only 1,300 hands. This week, however Negreanu was able to fight back and constructed a huge comeback from his $20,000 bankroll that was based on a number of double-ups.
The second and final face-off between the two ended with a set of 10s for Negreanu, whose fight back was all but epic. Said Negreanu in the chat window: “I was stuck like $120K at one point I think. I broke lots of stuff in my room btw lol, smashed everything.” On his site’s blog, Negreanu admitted: “Isildur1 is incredible. I hope to do a training lesson with him one day. He’s the best.”
The series of organized face-offs continues this weekend with Scott “urnotindangr” Palmer taking on Blom on Sunday, April 3rd.