Now that Viktor “Isildur1” Blom has taken his talents to Full Tilt Poker, and with him the Superstar Showdown heads-up matches that he participated in during his time at PokerStars, the site has decided to launch a similar, but slightly different marketing campaign, dubbed The PokerStars All Star Showdown.
The announcement came this past week that PokerStars would be hosting “The First Annual All Star Showdown” beginning on October 27th, 2012 and running through November 4th, 2012. The match coincides with the signing of Isaac Haxton to PokerStars Team Online, as Haxton’s fame grew during his challenge matches against Viktor Blom at PokerStars, including a $1,000,000 freeze-out that the two took part in.
“I’m excited to start my tenure with Team PokerStars with the chance to win a big title and a lot of money in my favorite form of poker,” Haxton said. “There are no titles or champions in heads-up cash games, just winners and losers. This tournament will change that by crowning the first All-Star Showdown champion.”
In addition to Haxton the lineup for the All Star Showdown will also include:
- Phil “mrSweets28” Galfond
- Benjamin “Sauce123” Sulsky
- Alexander “Kanu7” Millar
- Alexander “Sussie Smith” Roumeliotis
- Tobias “KTPOKP” Kuder
- Ben ‘ben86′ Tollerene
- Dan ‘w00ki3z.’ Cates
Unlike the aforementioned Superstar Showdowns, the All Star Showdown will feature eight players, each putting $100,000 on the line in a series of heads-up matches spread across four online poker tables. The matches will be played simultaneously, and the winner will advance to the next round –matches will be called when a player has busted at all four tables. The matches will begin with each player’s $100,000 buy-in spread evenly across the four tables, with blinds beginning at $50/$100 and doubling every 3,000 hands.
The matchups were randomly selected for the opening round. Here is a look at the schedule of matches:
27 October: Tobias ‘KTPOKP’ Kuder vs Benjamin ‘Sauce123′ Sulsky
28 October: Alex ‘Kanu7′ Millar vs Isaac ‘IkeHaxton’ Haxton
30 October: Alexander ‘Sussie Smith’ Roumeliotis vs Dan ‘w00ki3z.’ Cates
31 October: Phil ‘mrsweets28′ Galfond vs Ben ‘ben86′ Tollerene
2 November: Semi-final 1 (Saturday v Sunday)
3 November: Semi-final 2 (Tuesday v Wednesday)
4 November: The All Star Showdown final
All matches start at 18:00 CET.
For more information you can head over to the All Star Showdown page at PokerStars: http://www.pokerstars.com/poker/promotions/all-star-showdown/
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