Isildur1 Puts on Clinic in Superstar Showdown
The third match of the PokerStars Superstar Showdown went down Sunday night with online phenom Viktor "Isildur1" Blom soundly defeating fellow phenom Dan "jungleman12" Cates.
Blom headed into the match with a record of one win vs. one loss and was looking to finally get himself to a winning record.
In this version of the challenge, the two players decided to stick to four tabling $50-$100 NL Hold'em. The 2,500 hand match took less than four hours to complete.
The two players battled back and forth during the first half of the match with both holding the lead numerous times. However, Cates started to pull out in front and was leading by over $60,000.
The match started to swing back into Isildur1's favor as a result of a flush over flush hand.
Both players flopped an ace-high flush draw. When the river hit to fill the heart flush, Cates had the 2nd nut flush with Q-5 of hearts. Blom had the K-J of heart for the nut flush, and he took down a $32,000 pot.
The final hour of play was a clinic put on by Isildur1. By the end of the match, Blom was up $51,196, and if not for a large pot won by Cates in the final minutes the total may have been closer to $75,000.
After defeating Cates, Blom is now 2-1 after three matches in the Superstar Showdown challenge. He lost the initial matchup with Isaac Haxton but then defeated Tony G in the 2nd match.
Although he lost $51k in this match, Cates still has a considerable lead in his "Durrrr Challenge" online poker battle with Tom Dwan. He has an $819,213.50 lead over Dwan with just 17,108 of the 50,000 hands played.
The next challenger for Blom has not been announced as of yet.