Daniel Negreanu Encounters Turbulence Ahead Of Isildur1 ShowdownMarch 18, 2011 8:34 am
Ahead of his PokerStars SuperStar Showdown against Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu has been putting in the hours practising four-tabling against some of online’s elite NLHE players.
Commenting on his multi-table training going into Sunday’s game, Negreanu stated:
“I decided to get to work on practicing and see if it’s something I thought I could handle. I played matches against a wide variety of players and pretty quickly adjusted to the speed of the game and that is not a concern in the least anymore.”
Part of his practice sessions involved playing $5/$10 NLHE against Randy “nanonoko” Lew and Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo, with his subsequent $50,000 profit or so helping to boost his confidence and stamina.
However, when Daniel decided to test his experience and skill at $50/$100 NL, his results were a lot less encouraging, having managed to drop around $230,000 playing against such players as “Sauce123” and “altiFC.”
Despite the setback at the higher buy-in, Negreanu remains up beat as Sunday’s match approaches and has even formulated a plan against his Swedish opponent, which he was happy to share on his blog. As Negreanu explains:
“I’m not worried about giving away this information, because within 100 hands it will all become very obvious anyway.”
For a more detailed description of Daniel’s strategy, check out his blog here, but the one street he isn’t telling much about is the river and said:
“Lets just say that I’m not exactly committed to any “small ball rules” on the river.”
Despite Negreanu’s optimism ahead of his two part SuperStar Showdown against Isildur1, many poker fans have been expressing their views on the match with many worried Daniel will find himself completely out gunned. One poster named mahdrof succinctly expressed his concerns when he wrote:
“Wow! I like Daniel but I think this is a big mismatch and potentially very embarrassing if he gets demolished like I think he will. Hopefully Daniel puts up a good fight and shows the kid a thing or two…or not. Do you hear a train Daniel? Time to get off the tracks.”
Whatever the result, the match has already become a big draw for PokerStars and there is bound to be an army of fans eagerly taking their places on the rails as part 1 of the match gets underway at 15:00 ET Sunday, March 20th.