For the second time in nine runs, the SuperStar showdown reduced the stakes and adjusted the format for last Sundays match, which saw established online poker pro Viktor Blom squaring off against qualifier MASTERMIXUS.
The game was $5/$10 No Limit Hold’em, scheduled to last 2500 hands. MASTERMIXUS, who won the chance to play Blom through winning a series of Freeroll Tournaments, entered the game with a $15,000 bankroll. He was allowed to keep whatever he won, or whatever he managed not to lose to the famously aggressive online protégée.
The official winner was Blom, but in terms of money he managed to take only $1279 from his challenger. MASTERMIXUS manages to keep hold of $14,721 of his winnings, meaning he made the same amount in profit having entered the competition for free. It seems he even tried out some of Isildur1’s infamous tricks on the Master himself; MASTERMIXUS made a large bet in the river while holding only a Queen High. Blom, however, was not to be fooled, and topped him with a flush to take the pot.
Blom has now played nine SuperStar Showdowns including two smaller events versus qualifiers. He stands 6-3 in the scores and has netted over $350,000, besting the likes of Daniel “jungleman12” Cates, Scott “URnotINdanger2” Palmer and the latest PokerStars Pro to be signed to the site, Eugene Katchalov.