Friday, March 26, 2010

The Return of Isildur1

Phil Galfond vs. Isildur1Little time (or energy) available for posting today, I’m afraid. Too much to do and too little time to do it. It’s not like I have the seemingly limitless stamina of, say, Isildur1, the man who can play nearly 10,000 hands in less than 24 hours at the highest stakes and against the top pros.

I began this week here sharing some of Mike “The Mouth” Matusow’s comments about those super-stacked, “nosebleed” games over on Full Tilt Poker in which Isildur1 has been a primary participant of late. That got me interested in checking out how Isildur1 had been doing over these 6-7 weeks since his return.

Some big, big wins for the mystery Swede in there. And, once again, some devastating losses. Or, I should say, losses that would prove devastating for most of us mortals, but for Isildur1 seem business as usual.

I ended up compiling a summary of Isildur1’s activities since his return in early February. If you’re curious to catch up on the story, you can read that summary over at Betfair here: “The Isildur1 Saga, the Sequel.”

One part of the story I found especially interesting was that huge losing session Isildur1 suffered against Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond. Talk about suspect game selection. Amid his battles with the other top pros -- and during the latter part of that one insane, nearly 10,000-hand session that took place in less than 24 hours -- Isildur1 took on Galfond at the $300/$600 and $500/$1,000 pot-limit Omaha tables, and Galfond took around $1.87 million from the Swede.

Galfond wrote a short blog post about their battle over at his site, Blue Fire Poker, which included links to several hands as well as a couple of very interesting, 7-8 minute videos from the session (with Galfond’s commentary). If you’re interested, check out that post here.

So signing off early today. Hope everyone has a relatively calm, non-swingy weekend. I’m going to try. I think staying away from the $500/$1,000 PLO heads-up tables will help.

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