The man most likely to be Isildur1 takes charge.
Viktor Blom, the young Swedish internet high stakes player whom many believe is the famed online high roller (and big loser) Isildur1, took charge in Saturday's day 2 action at the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event in London.
Rapidly overhauling the chip leader at the start of the day, James Mitchell, and respected international ace Phil Ivey who first took it away from Mitchell, Blom powered his way through a field of 195 Day 2 starters to end on 443 000, just ahead of nearest rivals Bojan Gledovic from Serbia on 442,300 and Darren Woods (372,500).
Only 69 of the 195 Day 2 starters survived the competition and will again gather on Day 3 to do battle once more; the organisers hope to bring the field down to only 27 by the end of Day 3.
346 hopefuls entered for the GBP 10 000 buy-in event, generating a GBP 3,460,000 prize pool with GBP 830,401 set aside for the main event winner, and the money bubble scheduled to pop at elimination 37.
There were three WSOP 2010 final tablers active throughout the day in John Racener, John Dolan and Filippo Candio – Racener and Candio did not make it to Day 3.
Potent Day 2 survivors who will face Blom on Day 3 include Andrew Pantling (344,000), Phil Ivey (289,300) and Arnaud Mattern (280,900), along with formidable players like Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Huck Seed, Roland de Wolfe, Daniel Negreanu, Hoyt Corkins, Freddy Deeb, Greg Mueller, JP Kelly, Nick Schulman, Nicolas Levi, Barry Greenstein and Dan Shak.
Less fortunate, in that they busted out without making the money bubble, were aces like Eric Baldwin, Chris Moorman, Allen Cunningham, J.C. Tran, Leo Margets, Liv Boeree, Chris Ferguson, Jason MercierJohn Juanda, Barry Shulman, Carlos Mortensen, Praz Bansi, Phil Laak and girl friend Jennifer Tilly, Kathy Liebert and Antonio Esfandiari.