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Team PokerStars Crushes The Professionals

The heads-up challenge between PokerStars and Full Tilt was handily won by PokerStars 3-0, as Daniel Negreanu and his teammates each won their respective matches.

Each match was played across three tables and the Full Tilt pros managed to win only one table, taking an overall beating of 8-1 in games. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier got things rolling for PokerStars by shutting out Viktor “Isuldur1” Blom in three straight. Blom is considered by many as perhaps the world’s best heads-up No-Limit Hold’em player, so ElkY’s accomplishment was no small feat.

“It was a really amazing feeling to win, especially three in a row,” Grospellier said, alluding to Blom’s reputation as a top-notch heads-up opponent.

Isaac Haxton then continued the ‘Stars dominance by taking the first two games against Tom “durrrr” Dwan, winning the match. Dwan managed to eke out a victory on the final table, the only win for the Full Tilt team.

PokerStars’ championship was cemented even before Negreanu and Gus Hansen sat down to face each other battleship-style at the EPT London. The challenge itself was borne from a tweet made by Hansen to Negreanu in which the Dane recalled scooping a $575,000 pot from “KidPoker” in a 2006 High Stakes Poker contest.

Negreanu managed to get $50,000 of it back by winning all three tables against Hansen despite timing out twice with the nuts due to his excitement and unfamiliarity playing on Full Tilt software.

Talk of a rematch has been heating up on Twitter. Negreanu said he’d be happy to play again and fully expects The Professionals to part with more cash to himself and his PokerStars teammates. Each winning PokerStars player collected $50,000 from his opponent and also won $10,000 in tournament credit on Full Tilt Poker.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.