Isildur1 Joins Team PokerStars

Posted at 01:28 2010-12-08

PokerStars have announced the signing of Isildur1 to Team PokerStars. It was at this time last year that Isildur1 was amazing the rail birds as he made a dramatic ascent to the highest stakes heads up games online at Full Tilt Poker. The young European player who is still to reveal his identity made further headlines as he made a just as awe-striking fall from grace – redistributing a good portion of Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan’s bankroll in the process.


With Isildur1 out of the picture Dwan made a huge recovery to dominate the high stakes games at Full Tilt Poker during 2010, while Isildur1 has been largely unsighted, possibly rebuilding in relative anonymity for another high stakes assault. It will be interesting to see how Dwan and the other Full Tilt Poker Pros take the news of Isildur’s signing over at PokerStars. It does mean that he will be playing on the PokerStars site and unlikely to come in contact with the Red Pros who play their games at Full Tilt Poker. It also makes for an interesting dynamic between the world’s two biggest online poker sites as Full Tilt has been widely regarded as the home of the biggest games online till now. With Isildur1 at Stars the heads up cash games are sure to jump up a notch or two. 

PokerStars have already begun to cash in on their new pro with a series of specially marketed heads up matches to take place on the online site starting later this month. The heads up cash games will consist of 2,500 hands each to be played in a single session at stakes no smaller than $50/$100. PokerStars have branded these matches the SuperStar Showdown and the first match is already scheduled for 10am AEDT on Monday December 20.

The opponent for his first heads up match is yet to be named, but Isildur1 has already thrown out some suggestions. “I chose to join PokerStars because it's the biggest site and it will be an exciting challenge. It means a great deal to be playing in a team alongside players such as Daniel Negreanu, Dario Minieri and Johnny Lodden,” hinted the online poker star.

“My goals now are to improve my live game for some upcoming events, continue to focus on heads-up no-limit Hold’em, but also try to develop my pot-limit Omaha game,” he added.

Daniel Negreanu has welcomed the challenge. “It’s not every day that a player like Isildur1 comes along. When he is playing, the poker world takes notice. Few people step up to the plate against him, but the ones who have, universally have respect for his raw talent,” said the Negreanu.

While Isildur1 is still yet to officially reveal his identity PokerStars are milking it for all its worth. Speculation is rife that Isildur1 is Swedish professional Viktor Blom, but PokerStars has promised to reveal his identity in due course.

For now the rail birds will have to be madly signing up for PokerStars accounts if they do not have one already, because the high stakes cash game action on Stars is promising to be hot over the Australian summer. If you don’t already have a PokerStars account, get one through PokerNetwork for an exclusive 100% up to $600 bonus, download the client through this link and use the promo code “STARS600” on sign up.

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New Team PokerStars Pro member Isildur1 is sure to bring the high stakes cash game action to PokerStars this summer New Team PokerStars Pro member Isildur1 is sure to bring the high stakes cash game action to PokerStars this summer

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