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Daniel Negreanu takes revenge on Isildur1

Daniel Negreanu defeats Isildur1 Viktor Blom in their 2nd online poker clash in the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown

by Alligator Blood PokerJolt March, 28th 2011
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Daniel Negreanu beat Isildur1 in the SuperStar Showdown rematch

Above: Daniel Negreanu beat Isildur1 in the SuperStar Showdown rematch

Daniel Negreanu takes revenge on Isildur1 by winning their SuperStar Showdown rematch on PokerStars

Daniel Negreanu has stunned Isildur1 in their SuperStar Showdown online poker rematch on PokerStars.

Kid Poker was $130,000 down at one point on Sunday night but fought back to take $25,500 off Isildur1, who had only lost once clash before in the heads-up online poker series two months ago.

A gravious Negreanu immediatedly paid tribute to the 20-year-old after his win at the four-table, 2,500-hand, $50/$100 match, calling the Swede 'awesome'.

Last week Negreanu, 36, admitted Isildur1 was the better online player after he took the maximum $150,000 off him in just four hours and 1,439 hands.

But he vowed to win back at least some of his stake last night - which he did in style after again spending long periods behind.

Isildur1 claimed a staggering 80% of Negreanu's bankroll within 1,300 hands and looked set to repeat last week's whitewash.

But Negreanu managed a 'sick' (by his own admission) turnaround turned it around in stunning fashion, mounting a comeback to finish well to the good and end Blom's five-game winning streak.

It didn't start well: Blom won nearly $28,000 in the first 350 hands. in the first big clash of the match, Blom's pocket kings held against Negreanu's A♠Q♣ and a few minutes later, Negreanu called Blom's three-bet shove on a T♣8♣6♣ flop with K♣T♠ only to be shown pocket queens.

Then, after Negreanu opened for $300, Blom three-bet to $1,000 and Kid Poker called. Isildur led out for $1,200 on the 5♥4♥2♥ flop, Negreanu raised to $3,100, Blom shoved and Negreanu called, turning up J♥8♥ for the flopped flush. Blom showed pocket jacks. The board paired with the 5♦ on the turn and in a gut-wrenching three-outer, tripped on the river with the 5♠, the $27,700 pot going to Blom with fives full of jacks.

As Blom's winnings passed the $40,000 mark, Negreanu picked up A♣K♥ and called Blom's preflop five-bet shove. A 3 to 1 favorite over Blom's A♠Q♠, Negreanu's bad luck continued as a dame landed on the flop and the $20,100 pot was lost.

All the money went in again soon after on a A♦J♣6♦ flop, Blom making the final raise and Negreanu calling all-in. Negreanu flopped top two pair with A♣J♠, but Blom's K♦3♦ turned a flush when the Q♦ hit. The river blanked with the 3♠ and another Negreanu buy-in sailed into Blom's stack, the damage now totaling $89,350 after 975 hands.

Down $119,600 by 1,279 hands, Negreanu was left with just $30,000 on three tables.

Then the sick turnaround started. Negreanu pocketed a $17,600 pot when he made a higher two pair, then did it again seconds later on Table 5 when his A♣8♥ caught an ace on the flop against Blom's pocket nines.

On Table 1, Blom tried to wrest control preflop, five-bet shoving for $27,550 over Negreanu's $2,400 four-bet. Holding J♣T♠, he clearly didn't want a call, but Negreanu happily pushed in $12,800 more with his pocket queens, which held up to win the $30,400 pot.

A little after the 1,500-hand mark, the money went in on a T♥7♠6♠ flop, Negreanu with 8♦9♥ for the twn-high straight and Blom drawing to the same with 5♠9♠. No disasters on the turn or river and Blom suddenly found his lead cut nearly in half.

Soon after Isildur called Negreanu's preflop four-bet with 7♥9♥, then shoved for $55,700 into the $4,400 pot when he hit middle pair on the T♣9♣4♦ flop. Negreanu called off the $9,550 he had behind with K♦K♣ and the overpair held, reducing Blom's lead to $55,000.

Only a few hands later on the same table, Negreanu made another preflop four-bet and Blom came along with Q♦J♥. Blom hit top pair on the J♠6♣5♣ flop. Blom checked, Negreanu bet $3,100, Blom raised to $7,650, Negreanu shoved, and Blom called off his remaining $17,700. Negreanu revealed A♥A♠ and picked up $56,300.

With 350 hands remaining, Negreanu pulled out to his first lead of the entire encounter. On a A♠7♣5♠6♥ board, Blom moved all-in for $6,400 holding 7♦8♦ for second pair and a straight draw and Negreanu called with A♥8♥ for top pair. The 8♣ on the river was enough for Negreanu to steal the $20k pot and a $9,150 overall lead.

isildur soon moved in with a set of fours on a T♠9♣4♦ flop only to run, with classically bad timing, into Negreanu's set of tens. The $36,300 pot put Negreanu in front by $15,350.

The last few hands saw only one all-in clash, Blom three-bet shoving on a Q♦4♠3♥ flop with A♦2♥ and Negreanu making the call with A♠Q♥. There was no miracle wheel on the turn or river, which safely fell the 4♦ and the 6♦ to give Negreanu the $20,000 pot.

Kid Poker managed to pick up a few more pots before the close to claw back $26,500 of the $150,000 he lost last week - to his obvious delight.

After his triumph, Negreanu Tweeted: "Thanks to @ReynoldsXO @nutsinho & Tom Marchese for coming by the house this week and going over last weeks match. VERY helpful."

In next week's SuperStar Showdown Isildur1 will take on Scott 'UrnotinDanger2' Palmer.

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