Team Pokerstars, led by Daniel Negreanu, has defeated the Gus Hansen-led Full Tilt Professionals in their battleship team challenge at the European Poker Tour London Event.
Negreanu and his teammates Isaac Haxton and Bertrand Grospellier will each collect $50,000 from Hansen, Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom as well as $10,000 in tournament buy-ins from Full Tilt Poker.
Each individual match-up was played in a best of three table’s format.
The first game saw Grospellier taking on Blom and the Frenchman wasted little time jumping to a 1-0 lead.
Grospellier claimed the tie for Team Pokerstars in the second game before making it a clean sweep just a couple of hands later.
Haxton and Dwan had done battle many times before in a heads-up format with both players knowing the others games inside out.
Both players were cautious in the opening stages of the tie but after twenty-three hands Haxton scored the first table with a set of fours.
It didn’t take long for Dwan to even the tie and take the leg to a third and final table.
Haxton was extremely short-stacked and was; arguably, fairly lucky to get himself back into the hunt after going all in pre-flop with his last 396 in chips.
The luck continued for Haxton and he was able to win the game and secure the match for Team Pokerstars.
That wasn’t the end of the action with Hansen and Negreanu battling on the felt for $50,000.
Negreanu quickly took a one-nil lead and secured the tie with a victory on table two just a few hands later.
Just to rub it in Negreanu was able to come from behind on the third and final table to secure a clean sweep.
The event was very well received by the poker community and both teams said they looked forward to further battles in the future.
You can join Negreanu, Haxton and Grospellier online by signing-up and depositing at Pokerstars.