All Star Showdown

All-Star Showdown: Cates triumphs over Sulsky, wins $550k top prize

As the old saying goes, "to be the best, you have to beat the best." It was the idea behind the All-Star Showdown and PokerStars' way of welcoming high-stakes cash game titan Ike Haxton to Team Online. Take eight of the most feared heads-up NLHE players in the world, have them put up $100,000 apiece...more

by Kristin Bihr on November 5, 2012 1:53 AM

All-Star Showdown: Cates storms past Galfond claiming second seat in finals

Perhaps scared after reading about the other semifinal match taking over 19 hours, Phil "MrSweets28" Galfond and Daniel "w00ki3z." Cates had plans on getting in a solid amount of hands in a much quicker time frame. While last night/this morning's tilt between Team Online's Ike Haxton and Ben "Sauce...more

by David Aydt on November 3, 2012 5:19 PM

All-Star Showdown: Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky slays Ike Haxton in 19-hour semifin

It took more than 4,200 hands and nearly 19 hours, but the All-Star Showdown has its first finalist. After a grueling match that saw more than a dozen lead changes and both players climb out of six-figure holes, Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky defeated Team Online's Ike Haxton and will move on to play in Sund...more

by Kristin Bihr on November 3, 2012 7:07 AM

All-Star Showdown: Phil "mrsweets28" Galfond edges out Ben "Ben86" Tollerene

Ben "Ben86" Tollerene and Phil "mrsweets28" Galfond are hardly rivals. They live in the same apartment building in their newly adopted home base of Vancouver, have huge respect for one another's poker game, and have even been known to train in the gym together. But thanks to the quarterfinal draw, G...more

by Kristin Bihr on November 1, 2012 2:43 AM

All-Star Showdown: Dan "w00ki3z." Cates defeats Alexander "Sussie Smith" Rou

Twenty-one months ago, Dan "w00ki3z." Cates got his first taste of a four-table high-stakes showdown on PokerStars. Playing against Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, Cates lost over $51,000 to the King of Swing in one of the first SuperStar Showdown matches, but certainly not his taste for action. Hungry for ...more

by Kristin Bihr on October 30, 2012 7:48 PM

All-Star Showdown: Haxton wins epic 17-hr. quarterfinal match vs. Alex "Kanu

After 17 hours and more than 3,800 hands, the second All-Star Showdown quarterfinal is done, with Team Online's Isaac Haxton coming back from the brink of elimination to defeat Alex "Kanu7" Millar in a truly epic heads-up battle to earn a spot in the semifinals. On Friday afternoon, Haxton (playin...more

by Martin Harris on October 29, 2012 3:52 AM

All-Star Showdown: Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky leads wire-to-wire, tops Tobias "KT

Attention high-stakes railbirds! The All-Star Showdown is here! The first of four quarterfinal matches has ended, with Benjamin "Sauce123" Sulsky beating Tobias "KTPOKP" Kuder in just under six hours to secure a spot in the semifinals. The format for the All-Star Showdown is a variation on the ...more

by Martin Harris on October 27, 2012 3:19 PM

All-Star Showdown: The stage is set for tomorrow, $800,000 in the pot

The All-Star Showdown starts tomorrow. Eight players are confirmed, each putting $100,000 into the pot ready to prove themselves at the highest level (and, of course, the first prize of more than $500,000). All eight have outstanding high stakes credentials but only one can win the All-Star Showdown...more

by Rick Dacey on October 26, 2012 4:07 AM

PokerStars unveils monster All-Star Showdown

PokerStars is about to put on one of the biggest showdowns it's ever hosted, and it's one like you've never seen. Eight people. A $100,000 buy-in. Seven days. A $550,000 first prize. They're calling it the All-Star Showdown, and it is scheduled to begin this weekend. The contest will pit eight o...more

by Brad Willis on October 24, 2012 6:37 AM

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