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Online Poker Sensation Isildur1 Could Return

Written by:
Ace King
Published on:
Jan/04/2010

The online poker phenom known as Isildur1 had not played on the Web (at least not under this handle) since being drained of a few million during a high stakes poker game by a group that now admits to reviewing his poker hand history.  That, according to many in the poker community, was cheating and the individual behind this scandal has been suspended from playing at Full Tilt Poker for the next month.  Whoopie!

A well known online pro by the name of Tony G. has vowed to bring back Isildur1.  He claims to have been in discussions with him recently.

From FlopTurnRiver.com:

Tony G has hinted that he may be willing to stake the unknown Swedish player back into the high stakes games. "I wish I had as much talent as he does," Tony claimed on his blog, before going on to state that, "It is likely I will stake him in some big cash games in the future."

Tony has reportedly had numerous phone conversations with the young player, wistfully reporting that, "he is like me 15 years ago." He also confirmed the rumor that Isildur learned Pot Limit Omaha only 8 months before taking on the best in the world at their own game. Tony had previously claimed on his blog that Isildur1 was another screen name for Viktor Blom, known elsewhere as "blom30". Viktor has since openly denied this, but is still the most popular choice for forum posters and poker fans attempting to unmask the Swedish mystery man. For his part, Tony G is now backtracking from his original assertion, claiming that, "earlier I was guessing." Whereas now, "I know who he is, no doubt," although, "I will never reveal who he is."

Whether or not Isildur is Viktor, it seems likely that Tony G does know his true identity. Swedish tax laws are infamously harsh on poker profits and many of the country's pros choose to remain anonymous in the hope of avoiding a strict levy on their winnings. Not that Isildur1 need worry about that currently, having shipped around $2.6 million to the cadre of pros he faced on Full Tilt. Tony G himself has benefited to the tune of around $100,000.

Isildur1 was among the winningest online poker players of 2009 before the Team Cardfunners Paul Hastings incident.

Ace King, Gambling911.com 

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