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PokerStars SuperStar Showdown: Haxton Makes Comeback to Edge Out Blom

Isaac Haxton

Last Sunday, the SuperStar Showdown returned to PokerStars after a nine-month hiatus. Viktor Blom squared off against Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton, who was his opponent in the first SuperStar Showdown match in Dec. 2010. Haxton won $41,701 in that meeting, but was off to a rough start on Sunday, down nearly $100,000 just 692 hands into the 2,500-hand match.

It was at that point that troubling weather in Malta interrupted Haxton’s Internet connection and forced the match to be postponed until 14:00 EST (18:00 GMT) Tuesday. When action recommenced, Haxton started in a $99,886 hole, but had 1,808 hands to make a comeback.

The two were playing $100/$200 no-limit hold’em, and it didn’t look good for Haxton out of the gates. According to the PokerStars Blog, one hand that helped him rebuild began when Blom ($78,363) opened for $600 on the button and Haxton ($21,947) three-bet to $2,100. Blom made the call and then called a bet of $2,500 on the {2-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} flop. When the {6-Diamonds} appeared on the turn, Haxton fired out $5,520, Blom called, and the {Q-Hearts} was put out on the river. Haxton bet again, this time moving all in for $11,827, and Blom opted to make the call with {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} for a rivered pair of queens. Haxton showed {J-Spades}{J-Clubs} and watched the $43,894 pot pushed to the Swede.

From there, things turned around for Haxton, who won back $50,000; however, his momentum was halted shortly thereafter when a monster pot developed. It happened when Blom opened for $600 and then called Haxton’s three-bet to $2,200. The latter then led out for $2,640 on the {Q-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{A-Hearts} flop, Blom called, and the {J-Hearts} was put out on the turn. Haxton kept the pressure on with a bet of $7,100, again Blom called, and the {6-Spades} peeled off on the river. Haxton fired out $18,590, and was snap-called by Blom, who turned over {J-Clubs}{J-Diamonds} for a set. Haxton showed {8-Hearts}{5-Hearts} as he watched the $61,060 pot pushed to his opponent. At that point, about the halfway point of the match, Haxton was down almost $118,000.

Over the course of the next 500 hands, things went Haxton’s way and he chipped away at Blom’s profit, bringing it all the way down to $49,775. It was at that point that Haxton ($92,225) min-raised to $400 from the button, Blom ($32,700) called and the flop fell {Q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}. Blom checked, Haxton bet $400, and Blom check-raised to $1,600. After Haxton made the call, the {3-Clubs} hit the turn, prompting Blom to lead out for $3,250. Again Haxton called, leading to the {6-Spades} turn, then Blom move all in for $27,550. Haxton snapped and showed {8-Hearts}{8-Spades} for a set, which crushed Blom’s {J-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. With that $65,600 pot, Haxton pulled within $8,000 of being even.

Not long after, Haxton seized the lead and even extended it to nearly $79,000, which was to be his highpoint. This is when the biggest pot of the day developed. It began when Haxton ($138,275) opened for $400, Blom ($47,400) three-bet to $1,600, and Haxton four-bet $4,000. Blom made the call, and then check-called a bet of $4,000 on the {8-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} flop. The {7-Diamonds} turn saw Blom check-call another bet, this time $10,400, before the {3-Spades} was put out on the river. Blom checked, Haxton moved all in, and Blom called off his remaining $29,100, creating a $94,000 pot. Haxton revealed {J-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} for a flush, but it was no good against the {Q-Spades}{7-Spades} full house of Blom.

After that monster pot, Haxton was up a mere $363 with less than 100 hands remaining. Both players took turns winning pots, but in the end Haxton emerged the winner with just $5,093 in profit.

SuperStar Showdown Breakdown

DateOpponentProfit/LossRecord
Dec. 19, 2010Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton-$41,7010-1
Jan. 2, 2011Antanas “Tony G” Guoga+$44,2801-1
Jan. 30, 2011Daniel “w00ki3z” Cates+$51,1962-1
Feb. 13, 2011Eugene “MyRabbiFoo” Katchalov+$111,7503-1
Feb. 27, 2011Attila “DodgyFish72” Gulcsik+$104-1
March 20, 2011Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu+$150,0005-1
March 27, 2011Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu-$26,5005-2
April 3, 2011Scott “urnotindangr” Palmer-$5,4255-3
April 10, 2011Scott “urnotindangr” Palmer+$66,6076-3
April 24, 2011"Mastermixus"+$1,2797-3
June 19, 2011Rui "PepperoniF" Cao+$150,0008-3
March 11, 2012Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton-$5,0938-4
March 18, 2012Andrew “Kanu7” Millar??????

Total SuperStar Showdown Profit to Date: $496,403

The next SuperStar Showdown match will take place this Sunday, March 18 at 12:00 p.m. EDT against high-stakes no-limit hold’em specialist Andrew “Kanu7” Millar.

For more information, visit the PokerStars Blog.

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