Hansen Agrees to Challenge, Negreanu Selects Haxton and ElkY

Isaac Haxton
Isaac Haxton was Daniel Negreanu's #1 pick.

Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, Isaac Haxton and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier will face off against Full Tilt Professionals Gus Hansen, Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.

Hansen confirmed earlier today he would accept Negreanu’s challenge and Dwan had committed to playing as well.

Sweden’s Blom announced via Twitter he would join Hansen and Dwan for the heads-up match against Negreanu’s team.

“Yes I will play,” he said bluntly. “I will always play anything.”

Meanwhile Negreanu surveyed fans and fellow Team PokerStars Pros about who the best players to have on his team would be.

Eventually Negreanu arrived at Isaac “luvtheWNBA” Haxton, who has plenty of experience against Isildur1, and French poker icon Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.

Hansen and Negreanu are team captains so they will obviously play each other but the rest of the matches are undecided.

Challenge to be Played with $150,000 on the Line

Negreanu wants each player to throw $50,000 into the pot with the plan being to three-table No-Limit Hold’em heads-up freezeout on laptops battleship style.

A player wins an individual match by taking two of the three tables. The team who wins will take two of the three individual matches overall.

The challenge marks the first time there has ever been an official competition between PokerStars pros and Full Tilt pros. It would likely be impossible if both sites didn't belong to the Rational Group now.

Interestingly the challenge will play out on Full Tilt Poker instead of PokerStars. It's set to take place during the EPT Main Event in London, which will go down March 10-16.

Here’s a video of Negreanu announcing his selections:

About Arthur Crowson

Arthur has been involved exclusively with the poker industry since the 2006 World Series of Poker where he still claims to have captured the first interview with a then-unknown player named Jamie Gold on one of the days leading up to the Main Event final table. Since then Arthur has been working full-time for PokerListings.com writing news stories, covering poker tournaments, interviewing players and capturing it all with his trusty Canon camera.

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