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SuperStar Showdown: Isildur1 Downs Katchalov
Viktor “Isildur1” Blom improved to 3-1 in the SuperStar Showdown by beating noted high stakes grinder Eugene “MyRabbiFoo” Katchalov last night.
Katchalov and Blom banged out 2,500 hands of heads-up $50/$100 No-Limit Hold’em on PokerStars in a four-hour span that saw Blom eventually finish up $111k.
The victory was Blom’s biggest yet in the SuperStar Showdown and he’s now raked in a total of $165k in four matches.
The Swede has wins against Katchalov, Tony G and Dan “jungleman12” Cates while Isaac Haxton was the lone player to beat Isildur1.
The match against Katchalov was more tentative than some of the earlier challenges and it took 45 minutes for the first all-in move.
Katchalov and Blom continued to trade blows and by the midway point they were still essentially even.
Although Blom and Katchalov were playing four tables it apparently wasn’t enough online poker action for Katchalov as the New Yorker bought into the Sunday Million while he was playing Isildur1.
Katchalov didn’t cash in the tournament and even worse Blom started to take control of the SuperStar Showdown.
At the 2,000-hand mark Katchalov started to make a comeback but Blom stopped him cold when he turned a set of kings to rake a $48k pot.
To make matters worse, in the final 500 hands, Isildur1 had the fortune to pick up pocket aces against Katchalov's pocket jacks. All the money went in the middle and suddenly Blom was looking at a huge score.
No player has yet exhausted their $150k stack in the SuperStar Showdown but Katchalov came close last night. Katchalov was down to his last $39k as the match concluded.
The rail was full for the entire match and several notable players including Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu came out to witness the action. Negreanu, who many peg as a future opponent for Isildur1, typed this in the chatbox near the end of showdown:
“KidPoker: So this Isildur1 kid might be pretty good afterall :)”
Katchalov and Blom were cordial after the match and Blom acknowledged he ran well while Katchalov complimented the Swede’s heads-up game. The loss likely wasn’t that bad for Katchalov who won the $100k High Roller event at the PCA for $1.5 million last month.
Blom’s next opponent for the SuperStar Showdown will be announced in the coming weeks.
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