On Sunday, September 14th, Gus Hansen and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom are going one-on-one in a best-of-three Heads Up Showdown.
The players will play Stud 8 (Gus’s choice), No Limit 2-7 Triple Draw (Viktor’s choice), and the third game, which was selected by a public vote, will be No Limit Holdem.
The winner of the best of three matches will receive $50K. But what makes this more interesting is that the loser must choose between releasing a video of themselves singing the winner’s national anthem, or take to the table to play 1,000 hands of $0.05/$0.10 Razz, which is why we decided to ask our readers, “Who will win the Full Tilt Poker Heads-up Showdown?”
Blom received only 12.5% of the vote. Viktor “Isildur1” Blom is a Swedish high stakes player who captivated the poker world long before his identity was revealed. However, 2014 has been a bad year for him as his losses, so far, adds up to 1.8 million although he has the ability to be one of the games’ biggest winners.
Gus Hansen received 25% of the votes; he holds the distinction of being the biggest online losing player since records began. His slide on Full Tilt began in 2009, when he dropped from his peak of $2.27 million in profit to a crushing loss of $10.47 million. Yet, in the months before Black Friday, the Dane had already begun to recoup with a $7 million upswing from October 2010 until Full Tilt’s shutdown.
The closure of the site put the brakes on Hansen’s run and when Full Tilt reopened, the 40-year-old’s fortunes suffered a dramatic reversal. Winning sessions became rare and losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a match has become the norm. His online cash deficit now tops the $20 million mark.
Lastly, 62.5% of our voters said, “Who cares?” Well, that’s a huge percentage of people who just don’t care. Probably because they know that, this is just a mere promotional game to gain publicity for FTP. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Our next poll asks, “Will Monmouth Park be taking sports bets during the Super Bowl?” Governor Chris Christie surrendered to destiny as he officially authorized Atlantic City casinos and state racetracks to begin offering sports betting without fear of state interference. Check back next week to see what our readers think.