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Tony G to Stake Isildur1 at PartyPoker Big Game

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When the poker player known as Isildur1 began to capture the attention of the online poker world in October and November of 2009, it wasn’t just that he came to the high stakes scene rather quickly or that he had some significant success that intrigued people. It was the mystery behind the name. He hailed from Sweden, but his real name, age, and poker history remained a mystery. But recently, Tony G made an offer to stake Isildur1 in a live tournament setting, and much to the surprise of everyone in the poker industry, he accepted.

When poker players began to take notice of Isildur1, he was playing in high stakes no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha games with the likes of Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, and Patrik Antonius. Millions of dollars were won and lost in various sessions that found players all over the world drawn to the virtual rail to see, and some of the pots included in those games ranked as the biggest ones ever recorded. After an incident involving Brian Hastings winning approximately $4 million from Isildur1 during one session, the mystery player seemed tapped and uninterested in continuing to play. He seemed to disappear from the Full Tilt tables for several months until resurfacing again in 2010.

There was much speculation as to the identity of Isildur1, some saying it was Victor Blom, others asserting it was a well-known player simply using an alias. Tony G took a particular interest in his identity and wrote about the topic often on his blog. But it was on March 23, 2010, that Tony G made an offer that seemed to pique Isildur1’s interest.

The offer was simple. Indicate interest in playing the PartyPoker Big Game IV in London from April 11 - 13, and Tony G would pay for flights, accommodations, and the 48-hour cash game. He even noted that Matchroom Sport, the host of the event, would allow Isildur1 to wear a mask or other disguise as long as he played in the televised cash game. “We will protect your anonymity at all costs if this is what you would prefer,” wrote Tony G.

It took less than one week to obtain a response, and that response was affirmative. Isildur1 accepted the offer to play in the Big Game with Tony G’s money. The March 31st blog post found Tony G hardly able to contain his excitement. “I spoke to him this morning and he has confirmed he will accept my offer to fully stake him for the event. I am delighted but I am going to crush him!” Tony G will also be playing in the event.

As for the details of Isildur1 making his identity known to the world, Tony G wrote, “This is what I am discussing with him at the moment, he is seriously thinking about just revealing himself to the world but the mask offer still stands!” He also added, “I have got to know Isildur1 over the past few months - I count him as a friend. I really cannot wait…this will be the biggest poker event in history.”

The event will take place at the Les Ambassadeurs Club in Mayfair, London, from April 11 to 13. The PartyPoker Big Game IV is a 48-hour cash game filmed for British television and will include players like Phil Laak, Jennifer Tilly, Isaac Haxton, and Luke Schwartz. Confirmation has been given that Tony G and Isildur1 will play as well. And the poker world will be watching.

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