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Isildur1 Signs Deal with PokerStars

Dec 7, 2010
Author: Steven Lock
Isildur1 Signs Deal with PokerStars

Isildur1, the mysterious high-stakes player who has played some of the largest pots in online poker history, has signed a deal to become a Team PokerStars Pro. The deal follows weeks of speculation about what site Isildur1 would ultimately sign with.

Along with announcing Isildur1 as a new member of their team, PokerStars has also announced a heads-up challenge featuring the infamous player. The so-called “Superstar Showdown” will allow players to take on Isildur1 heads up over a 2,500 hand session, where the players will play four tables of No Limit Hold’em and (if the players agree) Pot Limit Omaha. Each table will be played with blinds no lower than $50/$100, with the winner being the player who busts the other, or has the lead at the end of the session.

While PokerStars has not announced any players who have stepped up to challenge Isildur1, they have stated that any interested parties can make themselves available by emailing showdown@pokerstars.com. However, only serious applicants will be considered for the showdowns. The first of these showdowns will take place on December 19, with weekly matches to follow later. In addition, qualifying tournaments will allow at least one lucky player to play Isildur1 in a $5/$10 match with similar rules.

Isildur1 first came to notoriety in late 2009, when he began playing top professional players on Full Tilt Poker in games at nosebleed stakes. His swings soon became legendary, with weeks where the player won or lost millions of dollars seemingly becoming commonplace.

One of the most interesting facets of the Isildur1 story is the mystery of his identity. As it is known that Isildur1 is a Swedish player, much speculation has centered around Viktor Blom, a young player from Sweden who seems to have fit the profile of Isildur1. However, as of yet, there has been no confirmation that Blom is indeed the high-stakes player behind the screen name.

Given Isildur1’s past at Full Tilt Poker, many expressed surprise at the decision to sign with PokerStars. However, in a PokerStars blog post, Isildur1 seemed to be looking forward to playing on a new site.

"I chose to join PokerStars because it's the biggest site and it will be an exciting challenge," he said. "It means a great deal to be playing in a team alongside players such as Daniel Negreanu, Dario Minieri and Johnny Lodden."

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