SuperStar Showdown: Blom Wins Against Online Qualifier Mastermixus

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2011. April 25. |
Following two multi-turn sessions against Daniel Negreanu and Scott ’urnotindangr’ Palmer, Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom once again played against an online qualifier player in last Sunday’s SuperStar Showdown. He finished up $1,279, facing Polish ‘Mastermixus.’
Another lower stakes edition of the SuperStar Showdown took place on Sunday, April 24. The four-tabled heads-up between Blom and the online qualifier ‘Mastermixus’ from Poland was one tenth of the size of the usual stakes, both having $15,000 challenge bankrolls for the 2,500 hands of $5/$10 NLHE.

Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom
Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom

A little over 200 hands into the game, ‘Mastermixus’ was already up $1,140, but it did not take long for Blom to reverse things and reach +$1,710. A series of all-ins came in the next couple of hands on the same table: first the Pole tried to use Blom’s favourite move against him, trying to bluff overbet a busted combo draw on the river.

Board: {#}K {#}T {#}8 {#}7 {#}3

‘Isildur1’: {#}2 {#}8
‘Mastermixus’: {#}Q {#}9

Next, Blom took a $2,500 pot with triple eights against his opponent’s pocket aces, right before flopping a flush to beat the Pole’s top two pairs. The three all-ins within only a matter of seven hands granted ‘Isildur1’ a $4,705 lead.

After a five minutes break, play continued with Blom winning for the most part, while ‘Mastermixus’ kept up a passive game, taking only a few but major pots. By around 700 hands into the session, he thus managed to reduce the Swede’s lead to $450; what is more, hand #1,000 saw the Pole in lead of one BB. ‘Mastermixus’ then began to win the most important hands, despite Blom still winning the majority of them in number; he managed to amass a peak $3,705 lead at around 1,460 hands.

Blom then slowly started to turn the tide, up until the largest pot in the game to give him the lead once again:

Board: {#}5 {#}4 {#}2 {#}Q

‘Isildur1’: {#}J {#}3
‘Mastermixus’: {#}A {#}3

They went all-in already on the flop and the {#}9 river for a flush gave the $6,230 pot to Blom over ‘Mastermixus’’ straight and put him into a $290 lead with around 860 hands remaining.

Although around 2,000 hands the Pole tried to regain his lead, his aspirations were turned down by ‘Isildur1’ winning a 2,570 pot with pocket kings. This hand basically set the final result, ‘Mastermixus’ going relatively passive for the last 100 hands or so. Blom finished with a $1,279 profit but the Pole most probably did not mind taking home the $13,721 remaining from his challenge bankroll as a compensation.

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