The PokerStars Limit Hold ‘em Challenge

May 8, 2012

PokerStars SuperStar Showdown has been a popular promotion over the past one and half years since it was introduced to get the attention of fans as these heads-up face-offs pit Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom against whoever feels confident enough to go heads up with the Internet poker sensation. PokerStars has now created a new high-stakes promotional feature, the Limit Hold ‘em Challenge to spark the interest of players in limit hold ‘em.

Unlike the SuperStar Showdown, though, in which players must step up and accept the challenge, in the Limit Hold ‘em Challenge, only invited players will get to take part in the high stakes action. The first installment took place over the past weekend when Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu took on mystery guest “rUaBot.” Both players began with a $75K bankroll and set down at two heads-up $200/$400 tables of limit hold ‘em. They were required to play 1,250 hands or until one player went broke.

Unfortunately the cards were not in favor of Negreanu, who has an impressive $16 million in lifetime tournament earnings, not to mention four WSOP bracelets and two WPT titles. Ironically Negreanu started out as a limit hold ‘em specialist, but he just didn’t have it Saturday when he lost to German player rUaBot.

rUaBot, a limit hold ‘em specialist himself, said on the PokerStars forum, “In my opinion, fixed limit is more strategic than no limit. In no-limit, you always have some guessing games like ‘would he bluff here or wouldn’t he?’ Of course, such situations often happen in fixed-limit, too, but there is much more space for general strategic adaptions than in no-limit. I think, setting up your standard game is pure math, but exploiting your opponents patterns is an art…and will always be!”

Negreanu made it through 937 hands when he finally lost the last of his bankroll. He chatted with rUaBot after the game. rUaBot said, “sorry for the sick run.” To which Negreanu replied, “its ok just glad its over!”


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