If revenge is, in fact, a dish best served cold, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom is doing it right. It's been nearly 15 months since he played his first SuperStar Showdown match. Indeed, it's been some 450 days since Blom dropped the first SuperStar Showdown to well-known rounder Isaac Haxton. Now, Blom wants another shot at Haxton. The dish isn't just cold. It's getting moldy. All the more perfect to shove it in Haxton's face?
Well, that remains to be seen.
This Sunday at 12pm ET, Blom and Haxton will face off again for a high-stakes match on PokerStars. The four-table match will last for as long as 2,500 hands. Nothing changed in those details since the last match. This time, however, the stakes have gone up.
In the December 2010 match, Blom and Haxton played $50/$100 no-limit hold'em. In this weekend's rematch, PokerStars has bumped the stakes to $100/$200.
This could end up getting crazy.
If your memory isn't as long as Blom's, you may not remember how the last match ended. After playing out the full 2,500 hands, Haxton had won $41,701 off Blom. In the ten matches Blom has played since then, he's won nine of them. In fact, the only one he lost was a rematch with Daniel Negreanu, and Blom still finished more than $100,000 up on Kid Poker over the two matches.
Yessir, over the course of eleven SuperStar Showdowns, only one person has been able to say he walked away with Blom's money. That's this guy you see below.
Though Haxton came out a winner in the match, he didn't leave unscathed.
"No one has ever more consistently made me miserable when playing against them," Haxton said after the 2010 battle. "I guess I'd put (Phil) Ivey in second for that, but it's honestly not that close. Isildur's brand of over the top--but carefully balanced--aggression is unlike anything I've played against and really takes me out of my comfort zone in a lot of situations. As someone who's probably played half a million hands of high stakes HUNL, that's saying something."
So, tune in Sunday at noon ET when the re-match kicks off to see how much, if any, of his $40,000 Blom can get back from Haxton. It's not often you get to see revenge served up so cold. It's going to be quite a show.