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SuperStar Showdown: Isildur1 Finally Gets Action
With almost the entire poker world wrapped up in the 2011 WSOP, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom finally found an opponent on Sunday.
Blom, who is still too young to participate in the WSOP, took on noted French poker pro Rui Cao in another edition of the SuperStar Showdown on PokerStars.
That affected the high-stakes online games considerably and then even the European players vacated the tables, as they usually do, during the WSOP.
Despite the lack of opponents, Blom showed no signs of rust against Cao as he got off to a fast start winning a $20k pot and then a $40k pot in the first 200 hands.
As usual the pair were playing four tables of $50/$100 No-Limit Hold’em, with $150,000 on the line for both players. Whoever is behind after 2,500 hands or exhausts their $150k bankroll first is the loser.
Isildur1 very nearly routed Cao before even 1,000 hands had been played but the Frenchman managed to fight back and make the contest slightly more interesting.
After 1,250 hands of Hold’em, the pair opted to switch to four tables of Pot-Limit Omaha. It was at this point the game went from bad to worse for Cao.
Blom won virtually every pot and after 30 minutes Cao was down to his last table. Blom finally took the last of Cao’s $150k when he rivered a set of nines.
With the victory Blom moved to 7-3 in the SuperStar Showdown with wins against Dan “jungleman12” Cates, Daniel Negreanu, Tony G, Eugene Katchalov, Scott Palmer and an online qualifier.
Blom’s only losses have come against Negreanu, Palmer and Isaac Haxton. Haxton is the only player to beat Blom without also recording a separate losing Showdown.
The Swedish poker prodigy is now up more than $500k in the SuperStar Showdown, although he’s still down $350k overall playing online poker in 2011.