With multi-million dollar swings in the biggest games anywhere online, no single player has had more of an impact on the world of poker in recent times than Isildur1. This is the player who came from out of nowhere to compete against the stars of the game at the nosebleed stakes, and the player who’s been involved in most of the biggest ever pots played online. There have been massive upswings in the good weeks, and crushing downswings during the dark times. And all of this in the space of just a few months. But despite all the attention, the endless forum threads and the scores of column inches written online and in magazines, the truth about Isildur1’s real identity has somehow managed to remain a mystery. Is Isildur1 a seasoned pro out to prove they can cut it in the high stakes games online? How about a young hotshot with enough skills and guts to take on the best and come out on top? Or maybe it’s none of the above. Whoever this player really is, they are a member of Team PokerStars Pro and play online using the infamous screen name ‘Isildur1’.
Online poker phenomenon, Isildur1, has joined the world’s largest poker site as a Team PokerStars Pro. The enigmatic player, who has still yet to publicly reveal his identity, shot to fame in the poker world in 2009 when he took on and beat some of the biggest heads-up players in the game. But with a place on Team PokerStars Pro now confirmed, Isildur1’s real identity is set to be unveiled in the near future.
When asked what the deal means to him, Isildur1 said: “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.
“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.”
High stakes heads-up SuperStar Showdown matches
In a bid to prove that he is the best heads-up cash game player in the world, Isildur1 will be playing a series of high stakes heads-up matches at PokerStars.com. The specially developed SuperStar Showdown format consists of a single session of 2,500 hands at stakes no lower than $50/$100. His first match will take place at 6pm ET on December 19, with the opponent to be named in the coming days.
Daniel Negreanu thrilled
Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu was thrilled at the news of Isildur1 joining the team. Negreanu said: “It’s not every day that a player like Isildur1 comes along. If you look up the definition of the term ‘phenom’ you’ll see a picture of his face! When he is playing, the poker world takes notice. Hate to overuse the poker term ‘sick’ but Isildur’s no-limit Hold’em game is just that – sick! Few people step up to the plate against him, but the ones who have, universally have respect for his raw talent.”