If you were wondering whether Viktor "Isildur1" Blom won the latest PokerStars SuperStar Showdown, then you've come to the right place to find out whether the Swedish phenom took down online qualifier "Mastermixus." Also, where the World Poker Tour is headed next, and more, in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.
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On Sunday, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom took on online qualifier "Mastermixus" in the latest installment of the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown. This was a smaller version of the SuperStar Showdown than what most of you are used to. The two still played 2,500 hands but at $5/$10 blinds. Each player started with $15,000.
The lead changed a couple of times over the 2,500 hands, but in the end, Blom emerged victorious, notching a $1,279 win. According to the PokerStars Blog, through all of his Showdowns, Blom is up $351,486 and has a record of 6-3. While Mastermixus may not have a win against the online phenom under his belt, he did get to keep the remaining $13,721 from his $15,000 starting roll - which is a win in our books.
If you want to check out the action from the SuperStar Showdown, you can head on over to the PokerStars Blog.
Tour in the Sunshine State
The World Poker Tour is descending on Florida this week for the Seminole Hard Rock Showdown. It all kicks off on April 27, and you can look at this as your friendly reminder to get to Florida in the next day or so if you're looking for a $10,000 buy-in event.
According to some tweets we've seen, plenty of pros are already in Hollywood — Florida that is — to soak up some rays before the event. It looks like Scott Montgomery, Matt Affleck, Allen Bari, Joe Tehan, and Jeff Madsen are among the players who will be attending the event. For those of you wondering how big the field will be, Matt Savage has guessed 450. We'll soon know if he's right or not.
SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com has the schedule of events.
About a month ago, we told you about the announcement of the PokerStars European Poker Tour Champion of Champions event. We told you how a player got invited to the event, and when it would be played, but there were no confirmations of players who would attend - until now.
According to the PokerStars Blog, more than 40 previous champions have confirmed that they will be attending the event in Madrid. Liv Boeree, Arnaud Mattern, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Roland de Wolfe, and Carter Phillips are among those confirmed. There are still plenty of players who haven't though, including Jason Mercier, Noah Boeken, and Patrik Antonius.
There is €100,000 worth of EPT season-eight buy-ins awaiting the top four finishers, with first place taking home a €50,000 EPT Season 8 Passport.
You can find out who else is confirmed at the PokerStars Blog.
Derby Poker Championship
If you're going to be in Louisville next week for the Kentucky Derby, we'd just like you to know, we're pretty jealous. Not only can't we be there sipping mint juleps with you, but also we can't stop by the Derby Poker Championship celebrity poker event — but you can. The event, which takes place on May 5 at the Louisville Palace Theatre, will be hosted by Phil Hellmuth, Robert Williamson III, and former University of Louisville basketball head coach Denny Crum.
The event benefits Kentucky Harvest: Blessings in a Backpack and the Health and Climate Foundation. The buy-in for the event is $550 and there are $200 rebuys and add-ons through the first hour of play. In 2010, the event raised close to $50,000.
DerbyPokerChampionship.com has more.
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