Berndsen12 Slays Isildur1 in Marathon Match

Viktor Blom
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom

Sander “Berndsen12” Berndsen clipped the high-flying Viktor “Isildur1” Blom in an epic 5,784-hand heads-up match on PokerStars last night.

With the durrrr Challenge on hiatus and no Isildur1 SuperStar Showdowns in the last few months it’s been awhile since two players had an extended, no-holds barred, marathon match but Berndsen and Blom did their best to rectify that last night.

The pair hooked up in $50/$100 Pot-Limit Omaha and played heads-up for over 12 hours.

As expected there were numerous massive pots throughout the session. Berndsen won the biggest one, worth a total of $134k, when he rivered a straight against Isildur1’s two-pair.

At a certain point Isildur1 even told Berndsen that he would leave if the Dutch pro didn’t put in 3X when placing a bet.

“I don’t play the minibet game,” said Blom in the chatbox. “Sorry.”

In typical Isildur1 fashion, Blom started the session well and by the mid-point was up over $270k but ended up giving all that back and another $150k to Berndsen by the time the final card was played.

Berndsen has been on a serious heater to start 2012. The Dutch pro recorded a miserable 2011 with nearly $400k in losses but he’s already up more than $286k in the first 10 days of 2012. 

The Berndsen12/Isildur1 match stole the spotlight last night but there were also a number of notable sessions by big name online poker players.

Bernard-bb continued his strong play of late by adding another $79k to his bankroll and even online pioneer Johnny Lodden made a rare appearance in the top 20 winners by taking down $22k.

RaiseOnce, the rumored Phil Ivey account, played an Ivey-like amount of hands, recording just 425, but lost an un-Ivey-like $100k. If it is Ivey maybe he’s still getting used to the PokerStars software.

For more information on the high stakes action from last night be sure to check our online poker stats section.

Below is a collection of the biggest hands from the epic Berndsen12/Isildur1 match.



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