Isildur1 Beats Katchalov In SuperStar Showdown

Viktor 'Isildur1' BlomIn the latest PokerStars SuperStar Showdown, fearless Swede Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom turned a handsome profit of $111,750, after beating Eugene ‘RabbiFoo’ Katchalov, making it three wins out of four matches for Blom in the SuperStar Showdown Series.

The PokerStars SuperStar Showdown format required the two players to play four tables of Pot Limit Omaha or No Limit Hold’em, with stakes of $50/$100 or higher. The winner will be determined by the player who showed the largest profit after 2,500 hands, or if someone went broke, whichever came first.

Katchalov and Blom decided to play $50/$100 No Limit Hold’em for what will be the fourth match of the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown, and it was completed after a gruelling four hour battle.

Looking at the match-up overall, it was clear that Eugene “MyRabbitFoo” Katchalov, who is known for being a tournament specialist, found himself a bit over his head against the high stakes cash game poker pro. He went on to eventually lose more then double the amount that Tony G and Daniel Cates donated to Isildur in the previous Superstar Showdown matches.

After a relatively slow start, the match exploded into action on the 400th hand when Isildur hit a set on the turn, beating Katchalov’s top pair. Katchalov shoved all-in with Kh-Qh on a Kd-7d-6d-6s board and was quickly called by Isildur with 9h-6h, to rake in a $20,300 pot.

With both players winning their fare share of pots during the early stages, by the half way stage of the match, Blom had a marginal chip advantage in the contest.

However, any thoughts of Katchalov getting up over Isildur in this battle were put to rest, as trips proved to be very fortunate for Isildur in this match. In a hand where Katchalov was in great shape with pocket nines on a 2h-3c-Jd-Kh-9h board, Blom was holding pocket kings, to rake in a monster $62,500 pot.

Things only got worse for Eugene Katchalov, when he was dealt a cruel blow in the match in a hand where he got it all-in on the flop with pocket jacks, and he was up against Blom’s 10-8 on a 8-4-3 board. Despite being a huge favorite to win the hand, unfortunately for Katchalov another 8 came on the river, and Isildur raked in a $31,500 pot.

By the 2000th hand, it was evident that Isildur was running away with it, and he was up almost $50,000 on Katchalov, to eventually finish $111,750 up on the challenger after 2500 hands.