The as-yet-unidentified rUaBot, referred to by Negreanu as a "Limit genius," played well but mostly got the better of the cards - especially on the river - to run over the inaugural challenge and add Negreanu's $75k to his bankroll.
The fixed-limit hold'em challenge was the first of its kind on PokerStars and took place across two tables with $200/$400 blinds and players loading up $8,000 with auto-rebuys on each table.
Negreanu Has Good Start But Mostly Downhill From There
After an early rush by rUaBot, Negreanu managed to get a small lead by hand 100 but that was as good as it got.
By the 200-hand mark rUaBot was up five-figures and by 250 was hovering around $12k. Another 200 hands later and rUaBot had close to $45k.
Negreanu managed to stay about even over the next couple hundred hands but another push by rUaBot had the lead back up to $52,900 by hand 713.
From there it was a gradual grind to the finish with the final tally being four hours of play and just 937 hands needed (out of 1,250 planned) for rUaBot to take the full $75k.
Negreanu, likely not hurting financially from the loss after his €900k+ take home from Monte Carlo last week, wasn't too interested in stepping up for a rematch based on his post-game chat:
rUaBot: sorry for the sick run
KidPoker: its ok just glad its over!
KidPoker: have never in my life played 2 tables HU LH and I never will again
rUaBot: big thanks for playing here
KidPoker: good night
Two of Negreanu's WSOP bracelets are in Limit Hold'em.
The PokerStars Limit Hold'em Challenge is supposed to be a recurring event, similar to the Isildur1 SuperStars Showdown, but no new challengers have been named.
For more info on the Challenge, check the recap in the PokerStars blog.