Redefining “Nosebleed Stakes” Poker: How Isildur1, the Mysterious Swede, Survives Wins (and Losses) or Over $1 Million a Night

by Lou on November 25, 2009

Isildur1, the Swedish online poker player who’s redefining “nosebleed stakes” on Full Tilt Poker, and has won and lost millions of dollars nightly, still seems to be getting the better of his opponents, and reports have him winning about $3 million in the past five weeks. He’s been regularly beating up on Tom “durrrr” Dwan—who recouped a bit by running roughshod over Sammy “Any Two” George in a live, London version of his durrrr Challenge—and took David Benyamine for $1 million and Ilari “Zigmund” Sahamies for $1.5 during his run.

There’s an aura of mystery about him, since no one knows who he is beyond his screen name and Full Tilt railbirds prowl the site, looking for Isildur1 at the high-stakes tables.
On Friday November 20, Isildur1 took durrrr for another $800,000, amid rumors that he cleaned out Dwan’s Full Tilt account in the process. But the next night, November 21 the Swede took a huge hit to his bankroll when he took on Patrik Antonius and Phil Ivey at the $500-$1,000 pot-limit Omaha tables. After a long session, Isildur1 dropped $3.3 million, with Antonius winning $2.1 million and Ivey taking $1.2 million from the mysterious Swede.
But just a few days later Isildur1 was back at it, hammering Tom “durrrr” Dwan to the tune of $650,000. Then he went after Phil Ivey, who along with Antonius is one of the only two players who seem to have gotten the best of the Swede. And after winning the second biggest pot in online poker history, flopping a full house when he held Kd-4d-5h-Kc and the board was Js-Ks-Jd, Isildur1 took $1.1 million to recoup most of his losses to Phil Ivey.

Nosebleed stakes used to imply a six-figure win or loss during any given session. Now multi-million dollar swings are becoming commonplace. At stakes like these, you can expect some uber high stakes players to eventually wind up on the rail, looking for a new stake to get them started again. I’m guessing that not many—if any—players really have the bankroll to attack these games, and just a protracted run of bad luck can break any one of them.

But while it lasts, it’s fun to watch, while we wonder just who Isildur1 really is, and how long he can continue to play and win at previously unheard of stakes.


Nick November 26, 2009 at 10:14 am

Really good !! Mysterious man Isildur is quickly becoming the center of the high-stakes world spent. If Isildur keep on working to play 3 top players at the same time on 8 tables he will go broke rapidly

cooper November 26, 2009 at 10:17 am

nice post !! want to know more about him

Cathy R November 26, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Looks like he's makin a comeback 🙂

PokerLaz December 8, 2009 at 12:07 pm

This kid really has taken everyone by surprise…

His emergence has been fantastic for the game

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