Super Star Showdown Between Daniel Negreanu and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom

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On Sunday March 20th at 3 PM ET Canadian Daniel Negreanu will be playing Swedish high stakes star Isildur1 heads-up across 4 tables of $50-$100 No Limit Hold’em on PokerStars.com. Both players will have a bankroll of $150,000 to play with and will play 2500 hands on the 20th. If no one goes broke, the match will continue the following Sunday March 27th for another 2500 hands.
At each of the four tables they will start with $10,000 and auto top up for as long as there is reserve in the $150,000 bankroll. Depending on how action plays out, stacks may end up splitting if either of them can’t put up $10,000 on a fourth table.

Daniel Negreanu never really multi-tabled, especially not heads up. So he decided to get to work on practicing and see if it’s something he thought he could handle. He played matches against a wide variety of players and pretty quickly adjusted to the speed of the game.

From Daniel’s Blog:

My strategy going in isn’t a big secret so I don’t mind sharing:

Pre-flop: I’ll be min-raising on the button probably around 95% of the time and folding the very worst hands. If he raises from the button, I’ll either fold, call, or 3 bet to 1000.
If I raise to 200, he makes it 900, and I decide to 4-bet, the bet sizing will depend on how deep we are. At the minimum, if he is in fact going to make it 900 as he did against Issac Haxton, my 4-bets will be to 2100 if we are only 10k deep. If, his 3 bet sizing is to 700, then I’ll adjust as well and 4-bet to 1800 if we are 10k deep. The deeper we get, the bigger my 4 bet sizing will be, but probably never more than raising his 900 to 2400. That will also depend on how often he calls my 4-bets, and/or 5 bets me.

Flop: In position, when checked to, I’m betting 50% of pot ($200) a very high percentage of the time. If I’m check raising the flop, it’ll generally be close to 3 times his flop bet, whatever that ends up being. In pots where I 3-bet him to 1000, I’ll be betting 60% of the pot, or $1200.

Turn: In position in spots where he check called the flop, I’ll be betting $600, or 75% of the pot.

River: I’m not telling! LOL, this will depend heavily on many factors that I can’t share without divulging too much information about my approach, but lets just say that I’m not exactly committed to any “small ball rules” on the river.

I’m pretty sure this is an approach that Isildur1 doesn’t enjoy playing against, but I’m not exactly trying to make him feel more comfortable. My goal is to win, and this approach is the foundation for how I plan on doing that.

I’m not worried about giving away this information, because within 100 hands it will all become very obvious anyway.

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