Easy Come, Easy Go: Is This the End of Isildur1?

by Lou on December 16, 2009

Brian Hastings, (pictured right), took $4.2 million in an overnight-heads-up, high-stakes poker match against Isildur1, nearly breaking him in the process.
Isildur1, the enigmatic Swede—no one knows his real identity for sure—burst onto the online poker scene in a ball of fire about two months ago, winning millions of dollars in a relatively short period of time in heads-up matches against some of the best players in the world, including Phil Ivey, Brian Townsend, Tom “Durrrr” Dwan, Patrik Antonius, and others who regularly play at the nosebleed stakes tables on Full Tilt Poker.
But when you gamble that high, play his style of poker, it’s only a matter of time until the variance swings the other way and you’re busted. While there was lots of speculation as to who would wind up busting Isildur1, no one seemed to light on college student Brian Hastings. But that’s just what happened when Hastings lit up the Swede for $4.2 million in one longish session of heads-up, $500-$1,000 pot-limit Omaha.
No two ways about it, Hastings worked him over completely. When Hastings was thinking of quitting, Isildur1’s frustration was on display in the in the chat window:

Isildur1: u know how lucky u are ?
Brian Hastings: yes i know
Isildur1: i can promise this is the worst
Brian Hastings: ill give you 30 more min if you want
Isildur1: luck anyone had
Brian Hastings: but im rly tired
Isildur1: k 30 mins more
Isildur1: take my last $$
Isildur1: i dont want

Hastings agreed to play an additional half-hour, but actually played nearly an hour longer and took even more money from his opponent.

Isildur1 had a scattered record in his high-stakes games. Most of his winnings—estimated at $5 to $6 million—came from Tom Dwan, with smaller wins against David Benyamine, Haseeb Qureshi, and jungleman12 which were all approximately in the half-million dollar range.
Best estimates had him losing $3 million to Phil Ivey, $2 million to Patrik Antonius, and $1 million to Brian Townsend.

But Isildur1 still had some money because he cashed out against Hastings with $450,000 in hand. When he returned to the tables earlier this week, he dropped down in stakes and lost another $216,000 to Cole South.

So the mystery Swede probably has about a quarter million dollars remaining, and will have to rebuild his bankroll before confronting the high-stakes tables once again.

Meanwhile, the big net loser in the past two month’s action is Tom Dwan, who wound up transferring $6 million through the Swede to Ivey, Antonius, and Townsend. The big winner, of course, is Brian Hastings, courtesy of his $4.2 million overnight haul. Nice work when you can get it.

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