This was always going to happen, wasn't it? From the very first hand of the very first SuperStar Showdown in December 2010, it was always going to end up right here at this moment when Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and Isaac Haxton agreed to face off for $1 million.
Today we learned Blom and Haxton have negotiated the terms of a play-to-the-death duel beginning in just two days. The rules are not the ones you see in the average, everyday SuperStar Showdown.This is where, to borrow and corrupt a phrase, stuff gets real.
Blom and Haxton are both putting up $500,000. Beginning Saturday at 1pm ET, they will sit down for a SuperStar Showdown-format match. The blinds will be $200/$400. The game will be no-limit hold'em. The hand-cap?
There isn't one.
In normal SuperStar Showdowns, the match ends after 2,500 hands or whenever somebody has won $150,000. In this special match, the game will go on for four hours a day until one guy has a million bucks and the other guy has nothing.
You read it correctly. If four hours passes on Saturday without one guy felting the other one for the full half-million bucks, Blom and Haxton will start again on Sunday. And then Monday. And so on until one guy's stack sits at zero.
Let's take just a moment to examine the scope of this agreement. In the first SuperStar Showdown (December 2010), Blom and Haxton played the full 2,500 hands and Haxton finished with a profit of $41,701.
After that, Blom was forced to carry his grudge for more than a year. It was only a few weeks ago that the pair engaged in a rematch that ended with Haxton coming back from a gigantic hole to beat Blom for $5,093.
Both matches got a great deal of attention, both for the stakes and the men involved. Now, the stakes and stacks have grown. Blom is down to Haxton by less than $47,000. He now stands to win or lose more than ten times that amount.
We have scrambled our jets and have full coverage planned for every day of the event. We'll have full wrap-ups of all the action every day when it finishes up.
So, start your betting now.
Who is going to win?
How many hands will it take?
How many days will it take?
Let us know in the comments section below, because we honestly have no idea. We only know this is going to be one of the craziest things we've watched on PokerStars in a very long time.
If you want to watch it live, tune in to PokerStars at 1pm ET Saturday and use the "search for a Team PokerStars Pro" function. Or, just follow the smell of a million bucks.