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The Who, What, Why and Where

It has been a long time since one name has been a cause of uproar in the online poker community. It’s easy to understand why so many rumors surround Isildur1 – he (or he) benefits from the intrigue that arises when an unknown person (in this case, literally) appears and challenges those who are at the peak of the chase, and that is food cattle are very good for mythical machines when they are not only challenging, but winning.

Who is Isildur1? Who has internet 7METER beaten and who benefits from a misstep? How much money did this mysterious Swedish player have during this historic journey (in the context of relatively short online poker) running? Does it have to stop, or do we witness the birth of a new fixture in a high-risk scene? The answers to these questions and many more below.

IT’S A ZERO SUM GAME
Minus the rake, poker is a zero-sum game. What one player wins, the other loses. In the world of high stakes poker, that is a fact with unusual implications, because action players like Isildur1 can not only make new games but also move money from one high-risk player’s pocket to another. In essence, Isildur1 relaxed the flow of high-stakes money by allowing the defeated player to access the money of the player defeated by Isildur1, a very neat trick given that some winners (Brian Townsend) generally will never play a few losers. (Tom Dwan). Let’s explore Isildur’s balance sheet from October 1 to November 30.

It’s as if we need another exhibition to add to the list of evidence supporting Phil Ivey’s claim to the title of Greatest of All Time: FTP pros took almost 3m from the pocket of Isildur1, the largest recipient of Isildur1’s substantial loss. Right behind Ivey was Brian Townsend, who chose the right time to get out of PLO retirement. The story goes like this: Townsend has attracted most of its customers offline and moved from PLO to mixed games. Coincidentally, a decent amount of debt was paid to him online right when the Isildur game heats up. Townsend clearly likes what he sees and has one of the more successful returns to the ring with a total win of around 2.1 million.

Patrik Antonius seems to have marked Isildur at the beginning of his journey, with several million Swedish dollars in his account after a massive session, but Isildur returned impressively which cut Patrik’s take to only around 600 thousand. Patrik recovered slightly and added about one million more in an intense session at the end of November, placing him around 1.6 million at Isildur1 on 12/01. Brian Hastings, PLO specialist, equips the top five winners vs. Isildur with a good win of around 130 thousand.

It seems difficult, but Isildur was still a profitable player for most of those months. That’s thanks in large part to one person: Tom Dwan. The cash phenomenon known as durrrrr was dumped 5.2 million into Isildur during several historic sessions. We used to think the whole red pro curse was an arrangement, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that Tom continued one of the worst losses in a few days after drying ink on his FTP contract.

Dwan gets help – Cole South puts around 550 thousand in Isildur’s wallet (or Townsend, if you want) and David Benyamine donates more than 560 thousand. Haseeb Qureshi added around 450 thousand to the pile and a handful of other players had a small six-digit loss for the mysterious man from Sweden.

$ 626,703 After all was said and done, the number of Isildur1 ended on December 1. The best game? $ 500 / $ 1000 NLH 6-max, with a total win of 2.5 million or more. The worst game? $ 200 / $ 400 PLO Head, where it dropped by around 2.2 million (mostly to Townsend). At its peak, it only overshadowed more than $ 5 million. On his way to that total, he gained 1.4 days in one day; when he fell, he experienced one day loss of height 2.7m.

PEOPLE BEHIND THE MASK BEHIND THE AVATAR
There are various kinds of assumptions about the identity of Isildur1. It’s actually quite surprising that the secret has been kept that long. Some think it might be a new high-stakes fire martonas back with a different name, or even the head of Cirque Du Soleil, Guy Laliberté. Speculation continues to return to one name – Viktor Blom.

The only strong confirmation of Isildur’s identity at this time is the word TonyG, who might be in a position to find out being given a place as the head of the poker room that runs on the iPoker Network, where Blom is a fixture at high stakes. competition. Excerpt from Tony’s blog:

“I don’t want to talk too much about Isildur1 but I can reveal to everyone that it is Viktor and he destroyed them on the iPoker network for some time. I actually played a few hands with it today and pretty much on iPoker where my TonyG Poker site is running. I truly appreciate this person 100%. He has proven that he is the best player in the game at the moment; it’s based on many, many hands on iPoker and Full Tilt Poker. “

There is a bit of mystery around Blom, so naming it as Isildur1 is a pretty safe bluff, because Blom doesn’t seem eager to offer himself media access. Tony also has a bit of a reputation for being someone who isn’t afraid to make insolent statements for publicity’s sake. That said, he is not the only one who pushed Blom’s hypothesis, and while it may be a speculative conclusion, it is the most solid of a group of conclusions that are competing at the moment.

Blom denied that he was Isildur in a brief comment to Bluff Magazine: “I am not the person you are looking for. Keep searching. ”Why would he deny it if he was a mysterious man? Privacy, security – but most likely tax. Making his identity public will expose Isildur1 to a serious potential tax burden as Swedish, of course severe enough to motivate someone to protect their identity.

Of course, everything can only be a tax avoidance by Tom Dwan. We may never know.