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Blom Finishes off Haxton to Win $500,000 Showdown

Apr 3, 2012
Author: Susan Arnold
Blom Finishes off Haxton to Win $500,000 Showdown

When Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Isaac Haxton agreed to play a SuperStar Showdown that would go on until someone won the other’s entire $500,000 stake, most observers were expecting to settle in for a long and grueling match. But in the end, it took just three sessions for Blom to win the match, stacking Haxton for all of his chips in just under 12 hours.

The win gave Blom a major measure of revenge against Haxton, who had defeated the Swedish superstar in their first two encounters. Haxton’s previous wins came at stakes of $50/$100 and $100/$200, and followed the traditional SuperStar Showdown format set up by PokerStars – a four-table, 2,500 hand battle where the winner would be determined based on who had the most chips at the end of the match.

This time around, though, the match was winner-take-all, with the players set to keep returning each day until one of the two had won all the money in play. And though it took over 5,000 hands for Blom to ultimately win the match, there was very little doubt as to who the winner would be after the first few hours.

By the end of the first day of play, Blom had a lead of nearly $200,000. The second day of play saw him expand that lead to more than $280,000, leaving Haxton with just under $220,000 left to play with.

Early on in the third day, Blom expanded his lead significantly. When Haxton’s aces got cracked in a $106,000 pot by Blom’s T8 of clubs (which caught an eight on the river to make two pair), the match seemed to be virtually over.

But down to $16,000 in chips, Haxton fought back, managing to get all the way up to $160,000 again before Blom once again put Haxton on the verge of elimination. And when the final hand game just before the third session was scheduled to end, Haxton lost his last $10,000 or so when his K8 couldn’t beat Blom’s A6, which had flopped trips.

The win was a sweet one for Blom, who can now say he has a net profit against all of his SuperStar Showdown opponents.

“It feels good,” Blom said. “It was a tough game. Maybe he played a bit too passive.”

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