Poker: Is Isildur1 Broke
12/2/09 – Followers of the incredible high stakes action of mystery Full Tilt nosebleed player Isildur1 were left wondering whether he would be back for more following another crippling night Monday that saw his bankroll seriously depleted.
Online poker pro Brian Townsend, who has already profited handsomely from the Swede, was the first to get into him again, choosing the $300/$600 Pot-Limit Omaha virtual tables as the battleground. It was a good choice for Townsend, who dominated his opponent over almost 620 hands and relieved him of $566 000, adding to the $1.53 million he has won from Isildur1 in previous encounters.
Undaunted by the bad start, Isildur1 next faced Ilari Sahamies, with whom he has clashed on several occasions in the past week with mixed fortunes, on the nosebleed $500/$1 000 PLO tables. Again, Isildur1 suffered heavy losses, going down around a million dollars in the 1 123 hands , which indicates that Sahamies has profited from the Swede to the tune of $1.8 million in recent weeks.
Moving to the less ambitious but safer $25/$50 PLO tables, Isildur1 next confronted Tom Dwan, who has also had a bad high stakes ride in recent times. The duo played a brief 227 hands, but Isildur1's fortunes did not improve as he went down to Dwan $30 000.
Patrik Antonius stepped up next, tackling the Swede in a 903 hand session on $300/$600 PLO and taking another $1 million off Isildur1. MarketPulse calculates that Antonius has prospered by $1.6 million in his confrontations with the Swede.
Down $2.7 million overall on the session, Isildur1 could be forgiven for calling it a night, but instead he got it on with Cole South in a 2 442 hand battle on $200/$400 PLO that burned through another $591 000 of Isildur1's bankroll. Still undeterred, the Swede then took South over to the $300/$600 PLO action for an up-and-down session that ended in South taking home $800 000 in all.
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The heads up between South and Isildur1 might have gone further, but Rafi Amit, Antonius and Sahamies were queueing up for a crack at the harmorrhaging Swede and entered the game despite South's protests.
Isildur1 must now be in the red ink, having declined sharply from holding a profit of over (some say well over) $5 million only weeks back. Whether he can continue to play and recover is the question being debated across online poker message boards after his disastrous latest session.
On a side note, Full Tilt Poker visitor traffic has soared 25 percent since the mystery Swede started lighting up the nosebleed tables. Whilst there are other contributing factors to the growth such as seasonal interest and promotional activities, there can be little doubt that Isildur1's audacious big-money action has been good for Full Tilt's traffic.