The final hand of the tourney
Yesterday we told you about the beginning of the SCOOP series on Pokerstars, and the good start the Viktor Blom was off to. Of course, one hand in tourney played poorly can be the end of a day’s worth of work, so naturally we were very curious if he would be able to continue his string of good play today. Well, he answered that question with a resounding “yes”. From the time the final 93 competitors of the event started day 2 of play, Viktor was in complete control. He was able to maintain his big stack throughout the tourney, allowing him to make a lot of moves that require a deeper stack. By the time the final table was assembled, he was
Lobby after Viktor took down the event
securely in 1st place. Some stellar play and a lot of run good made for a quick final table, as Isildur1 ran over everyone else on his way to his Blom has registered for every SCOOP event so far, so expect to see him online all month, assuming this trend continues. Hopefully he will find some time to put this recent addition to his bankroll to use at the plotables as well. We have attached some pictures after the win, in case you missed it.
In addition to this huge score today, Isi also ran very well in the high portion of event number 3. In that event he sits in 3rd of the remaining 46 runners. This event was of the re-buy variety and
Blom leads going to the final table
drew 486 players. If Blom manages to win this event tomorrow he will have to settle for a meager 160k payday. As always, we will keep you updated.
So Isildur1 came through his biggest Superstar Showdown yet with flying colors.
Many people were watching were downing Ike and calling him a nit etc. Thing is, Ike is actually one of the most respected high stakes NL players in the world by all his adversaries. So to see the results only, you might assume this was strictly variance.. But if you railed it like me you know that Isildur1 kinda put on a clinic.
Isildur1 dominates Ike in the Superstar Showdown
It was actually really weird to see him run over such a high caliber opponent. Of course, this is all partially due to variance since we can assume no one, even as good as Isildur1, has a 2+bb/100 edge on someone like Ike.. Still, you could tell that from the get go Ike really had no chance to outplay Isildur1. This was one of the first times in a long time he has seemed so focused on a NL game and his relentless barrelling had Ike on his heels the entire match.. Both players had some swings in their EV lines and showdown lines, but the difference was in Blom’s non-showdown line which was a straight rocket shot up the entire match..
It seemed like Ike had trouble deciding which hands he was going to call the river barrel with and which ones too toss. He seemed to lean toward tossing the majority of them and in the end it was his undoing. I feel sure if he were to do the whole thing again he would adjust by either calling a few more river over bets a little lighter or not floating so many flop and turn bets lightly in the first place getting him to the river with a slightly stronger range..
Of course, the meta game is something i cant even begin to analyze or hope to understand so i could be totally wrong. This being said, i should stop there with the analysis and just say it was a superb match and i can only hope we see another very soon.. Some possible foes I’m rooting to see would be Jungleman12, Ziigmund, Ivey (raiseonce), or durrrr (holdem_nl).. All are relatively unlikely but I’ll keep my fingers crossed!