Isildur1 Loses First SuperStar Showdown

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2010. December 20.
<strong>Isildur1</strong> lost his first <em>SuperStar Showdown</em> against <strong>Isaac <em>'philivey2694'</em> Haxton</strong>, his first challenger. The Swede lost nearly $42,000.
As we reported last time, as soon as PokerStars signed Isildur1, the mysterious online pro, they offered challengers with suitable bankrolls the chance to take on the young Swedish player. The first showdown was played yesterday at $50/$100 NLHE tables at PokerStars. The challenger was Isaac 'philivey 2694' Haxton, runner-up of the 2009 WSOP $40,000 NLHE event.

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Only 15 minutes passed until the first big pot came around: Haxton min-raised from the button, Isildur1 called with {#}K {#}T , then on the {#}A {#}8 {#}4 flop check-called Haxton's $200 cbet. The {#}J turn brought a nut flush and straight draw for Isildur, who check-called again, Haxton bet $550 this time. The river was {#}6 , Isildur hit his flush. He checked again, and reraised Haxton's $1,666 bet to $7,850. Haxton called, and mucked.

Even though Haxton had to rebuy, he soon sprung into some all-in action with pocket kings against Isildur's {#}A {#}Q , which didn't improve on the dry board.

The next big pot went to Isildur, who flopped a set to his pocket 3s. Haxton paired up his ace, and bet on all streets, going all-in on the river. Isildur won the $20,400 pot. After only 372 hands, the Swedish had already turned $11,650 profit.

Haxton managed to diminish his losses with a lucky hand: after heavy betting, he was preflop all-in with {#}Q {#}J against Isildur's pocket queens, and luckily hit his straight on the river.

At halftime, Isildur had the lead again with $24,749 profit, after winning some big pots.

In the second half of the session, Haxton had better hands, while Isildur1, sitting on his profit, started to go on tilt. This is exemplified by his river all-in with {#}3 {#}4 on a {#}3 {#}5 {#}A {#}Q {#}7 board. Haxton called with ace pair, and took the pot. Isildur spent the last 400 hands in "gambling mode". While he tried small 3bets to counter Haxton's preflop min-raises so far, he now tried 5x-ing and cbetting almost all the time. As a consequence, Isildur won many small pots, but the bigger ones went to the cautious and tight Haxton. He logged off after the 2,500 with a $41,701 profit, and as the first winner of the SuperStar Showdown, beating Isildur1. But don't worry, he'll be back, as he always is.

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