Negreanu Versus Isildur1 SuperStar Showdown On The CardsJanuary 26, 2011 8:37 am
2011 isn’t even a month old but Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu is already enjoying one heck of a year, having managed to recapture his top spot astride poker’s All Time Money List.
In 2010, Negreanu earned $683,825 from live tournaments but this year “Kid Poker” has had a lightning start and his $1 million pay-off at the PCA $100k Super High Roller event saw the Canadian pro overtake Phil Ivey as tournament poker’s top earner with $14,131,104 in winnings.
The 36 year-old is nothing if not competitive, and has continually set himself goals and challenges since joining PokerStars in 2007 in order to keep his game fresh and exciting.
One of the challenges which Daniel Negreanu is now relishing is the prospect of taking on Viktor ‘Isidur1′ Blom as part of the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown.
On his blog, Negreanu was observing that “the best no limit hold’em players in the world today are mostly young.” He then continued by saying “I guess I’m part of the older generation now, but I’m never, ever, going to let the game pass me by and not learn how to improve.”
It now seems that Negreanu is keen to prove that point by gearing up to face the 20 year-old Swede Isildur1, widely considered to be one of the best No Limit Hold’em heads up players in the world.
However, Negreanu is most noted as a live poker player and always the professional is being realistic about the amount of work he still needs to do in order to beat Viktor ‘Isidur1’ Blom. On his blog Negreanu wrote:
“I’ve also put in a little time practicing 4-tabling $5-$10 heads up. I have to be honest here, I find it very difficult. …As you may have guessed, my plan is to practice at lower stakes in the hopes of being ready to take on Isildur1 in the SuperStar Showdown.”
“I’m nowhere near ready. Hey, like I said, just being honest! As much as I’d like to play him now, I don’t think I’d give him much of a match at this point. I’ll need to get a couple months of practice in where I get comfortable with the speed of things.”
Once Negreanu sets out his goals, its a sure thing he’ll give it his best shot and the prospect of beating the hyper-aggressive and talented youth will surely give him all the impetus he needs to succeed in his challenge. We look forward to seeing how Negreanu gets on in the heads-up encounter later on in the year.