Isildur1 Pushes the “Nosebleed” Stakes Even Higher by Winning $3.1 Million in One Night

by Lou on December 10, 2009

A couple of months ago, no one had heard of Isildur1, the young Swede known only by a screen name taken from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, but now he’s the lightning rod for nosebleed stakes online poker, winning and losing multiple millions of dollars in single night sessions.

In less than a month of online play, Isildur1 was up somewhere between $6 and $8 million, and the nosebleed boys, including Phil Ivey, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Illari “Ziigmund” Sahamies, Patrik Antonius, Cole South, Brian Townsend and maybe one or two others, were looking to regain their losses. Dwan was the biggest loser, reportedly down about $5 million to the Swede.

During the four-day Thanksgiving weekend things started running straight down for Isildur1, when Finnish pro Patrik Antonius won $1 million from him, and that was just the beginning. On December 1 another Finn, Illari “Ziigmund” Sahamies beat Isildur1 at $500-$1,000 pot-limit Omaha. Then Islidur1 lost to Brian Townsend, broke even against Dwan, but Antonius then took another $1 million from the fast sliding mystery man.

Cole South stepped up to the plate next and racked up a win estimated at between $800,000 and $1 million.

Even with those losses, Isildur1 did not drop down in stakes. Instead, he continued to challenge players to $500-$1,000 stakes even though his bankroll was shrinking fast, and many of the online watchers thought he was broke or close to it.

But he wasn’t done yet, and just a few nights ago the enigmatic Swede turned the table once again, winning $3.1 million from Sahamies, Townsend, and Dwan. He took $790,000 in 1,466 hands from Townsend, and $615,000 from Tom Dwan—who is really on a losing streak of late. When Dwan was done, Ilari Sahamies dropped $252,000 to the Swede in about one-hundred hands. Then they moved up to the $500-$1 000 tables, where Isildur1 beat the Finn for more than $1.6 million. When the dust finally settled, Isildur1 had recovered $3.1 million overnight.

At stakes like these and multi-million dollar session swings, can anyone afford to play this game—knowing full well that poker’s incredibly high variance can wipe anyone of them out in a long, fast night of bad beats? Time will tell … and maybe even tell us who Isildur1 really is.

{ 1 comment }

Anonymous December 15, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Lou – It's not my world !! Really scary and quite honestly, I think these games give poker a Bad name. – Chief Disciple of POker

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