Even though it feels a little ridiculous, considering I'm not in any way qualified for this, I'm gonna try to make previews and possibly predictions for the upcoming matches in this tournament.
And yes, I'll also cover the matches in this thread with hand histories as well as scores. If you aren't familiar with the tournament here is how Pokerstars itself explain it:
Originally Posted by PokerStars Blog
The All-Star Showdown starts tomorrow. Eight players are confirmed, each putting $100,000 into the pot ready to prove themselves at the highest level (and, of course, the first prize of more than $500,000). All eight have outstanding high stakes credentials but only one can win the All-Star Showdown.
The matches will function much like the SuperStar Showdowns of old across four heads-up tables, but there'll be no 2,500 limit this time. Now, the matches will continue until one of the players goes broke. Each player starts their match with 1,000 big blinds. If the match isn't finished by the 3,000th hand, the blinds will double from $50-$100 to $100-$200. The first match takes place tomorrow, 27 October. Follow the action on the high stakes cash game tables or click through the All-Star Showdown banner in the PokerStars lobby.
Basically, eight of the toughest NLHE players in the world are going to battle each other out in what has been called the "Heads Up Cash Game World Championship".
At 18:00 CET tomorrow, the 27th of October, the first match will take place and it's between KTPOKP and Sauce123.
is a fairly "fresh" player, even for me who could be called a "fresh railer", however, this dude has battled many very respected regulars as well as done a decent amount of 6max this year.
He started playing $25/$50 in March this year (on Stars, that is), and he started of playing a whole lot of heads up against the a "little less respected regulars". He has quickly rosen, playing (what I consider) harder and harder opponents the more time has past and has quite recently reached $750k in profits.
KTPOKP is often seen playing deep stacked and has a very well-developed deep stacked game.
is a very well-known face for us railers since he does not only play NLHE, he also plays PLO where the majority of the higher stakes action has been this year. Sauce is also the biggest winner this year, however, only overall, not in NLHE specifically. KTPOKP actually beat Sauce on that leaderboard, where Sauce (only) is the 4th biggest winner this year compared to KTPOKP, who is the 3rd biggest earner.
Nevertheless, KTPOKP has played more than double the amount of hands that Sauce has. Also noteworthy is that KTPOKP has never played higher than $50/$100 (on Stars) whereas Sauce plays $200/$400 daily.
Sauce is known for being a creative player that adjusts quickly.
Though KTPOKP is a very active player (Supernova) that almost exclusively plays NLHE (though I have not seen it, apparently he has played high stakes PLO) who clearly is a heads up specialist, with very impressive winnings and impressive results beating some of the best in heads up battles, I do not think he will be able to outplay Sauce.
Sauce has not played as many hands NLHE as KTPOKP this year nor has he played more NLHE hands than he has played PLO hands, but he has constantly been keeping his NLHE game up-to-date by playing regular heads up battles against Kanu7 and patpatman. However, that he has not played against a whole lot of different opponents could of course be to his disadvantage.
Nonetheless, Sauce radiates extreme confidence about his game and truly does seem to believe that he is the best right now. This combined with his creative style that truly does **** with ones mind as well as his adapting skills make me believe him to prevail in this match.
I will post previews and predictions for the other matches as they come.