Isildur1 returned in not-so-triumphant fashion today. He eventually busted his account of 100k but we did at least get a show during the day as he played 3k hands over a mixture of high stakes pot limit omaha and no limit hold’em. Along the way he built his roll up to close to 300k at one point playing mostly 50/100 plo. His luck turned bad when he decided to play Kanu7 at the 100/200 nl tables. He managed to lose back all of his 200k in winnings to Kanu7 before quitting and heading back to the plo tables. Using his usual aggressive bankroll strategy, he remained at the 100/200 plo games even though he was sitting on just 100k. There, he last only about 600 hands before dumping off the last off it to tables full of regulars including Phil Galfond, Patrik Antonius, Jeans89 and Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies. Jeans and Galfond were not as lucky as Isildur1 as they managed to dump off 225k and 300k respectively. Ilari Fin made 140k and Patrik basically broke even, showing a small 7k profit. We can only hope we see Isildur1 get the itch to play and makes another deposit tomorrow!
You can tell summer is on its way, as the beginning of the MLB season kicked off this week. It couldn’t have come at a better time either as online games have been in a lull the last two weeks or so in the absence of Isildur1. If your a baseball nut or just looking to mix up your gambling habits you should check out Draftday. They do daily fantasy leagues where you will choose a team, join a league that is ran sit n go style, and collect your winnings. They have games ranging from the micros to higher stakes games. If baseball doesn’t do it for you, they have basketball leagues as well. Its a fun and cheap way to get more involved in the games without having to commit to a fantasy league long-term.
While we have not had the wild sessions we were becoming accustomed to in March, we have seen plenty of sessions from Ilari Fin with mixed results, but no major swings in either direction. This week also brought the return of Ben86. Since Ben is one of the few players still willing to play high stakes PLO and NLHE he was able to get plenty of action and ran pretty well also. All together at last count, he was able to cross the 500k mark in profits for the last 7 days. That’s a pretty solid week considering the low traffic among the high stakes games this week.
Premier League also wrapped up yesterday. The final 8 players battled but in the end Scott Seiver managed to overtake Dan “Jungleman” Cates in heads up play to secure the first place prize of 500k. You can check out what the final two players had to say afterward here: Scott Seiver Interview and Dan Cates Interview. The Party Poker festivities are not quite over yet, however, as the Big Game VI is now currently running. They are streaming the whole event live and Tony G’s mouth has yet to stop running so don’t forget to stop by and check that out as well!
Compared to the last month or so, this week online has been a little slow. We have seen Ziigmund put in some lengthy sessions though. He has been winning nearly every session lately, but yesterday gave a lot of it back in a -200k+ session. Our boy Isildur1 has put in a few short sessions at the plo tables, but hasn’t had much luck.. He has managed to give back the majority of his Superstar Showdown earnings without even the courtesy of a marathon session to rail.
However, what the online world is lacking in this week, the live world is making up for. Today, April 5, marks the opening of 2 different major live poker events.
Firstly, the iseries live event #1 is kicking off and it should be a fun one to rail. They are streaming the event live and have managed to attract some favorite poker TV personalities including Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Devilfish and Carlos Mortenson. If this doesn’t make the event interactive enough for you, iseries is adding an interesting twist to the tournament. If you visit the iseries live website you can watch the tourney and actually bet yourself on different aspects of the tourney. For example, you can actually place a wager against the house on who will win the 5th hand of the tourney, similar to horse racing. I, personally see this as the first step to making the players more like entertainers, similiar to professional athletes. It kinda sucks that players may eventually be judged as much for their ability to entertain at the tables as for their playing ability, but this may be the only way to grow the sport and if it leads to another poker boom, then I’m all for it. If you want to take place in the festivities, however, you had better hurry as they are already underway!
The other tourney taking place today is a fun one also. It’s the Party Poker Premier League and while you can’t bet on it yourself or rail a live stream, it does have a live update blog and an extremely high caliber player list including Tom Dwan, who made the trip from Macau to be there. He joins other big name players like Dan Cates, Patrik Antonius, and ELKY. You can link to their twitter pages by clicking on their names and all of them do a good job of posting with the exception of Patrik. Beyond the nice player pool, this tourney offers a fresh format. The two groups play 4 separate heats, earning points for their finishing place in each heat. The players with the most points then advance to play a final table. Party Poker is hosting the event and added 200k to the prize pool to attract such high caliber players in. The fist heat is over with Phil Laak and Patrik winning their respective heats. Durrrr busted out 4th in his after getting the money in pre and losing with JJ<88 in a hand that would have vaulted him into the lead.. Luckily for him there is plenty more action to come and luckily for you there is plenty more action to rail
So Isildur1 came through his biggest Superstar Showdown yet with flying colors.
Many people were watching were downing Ike and calling him a nit etc. Thing is, Ike is actually one of the most respected high stakes NL players in the world by all his adversaries. So to see the results only, you might assume this was strictly variance.. But if you railed it like me you know that Isildur1 kinda put on a clinic.
It was actually really weird to see him run over such a high caliber opponent. Of course, this is all partially due to variance since we can assume no one, even as good as Isildur1, has a 2+bb/100 edge on someone like Ike.. Still, you could tell that from the get go Ike really had no chance to outplay Isildur1. This was one of the first times in a long time he has seemed so focused on a NL game and his relentless barrelling had Ike on his heels the entire match.. Both players had some swings in their EV lines and showdown lines, but the difference was in Blom’s non-showdown line which was a straight rocket shot up the entire match..
It seemed like Ike had trouble deciding which hands he was going to call the river barrel with and which ones too toss. He seemed to lean toward tossing the majority of them and in the end it was his undoing. I feel sure if he were to do the whole thing again he would adjust by either calling a few more river over bets a little lighter or not floating so many flop and turn bets lightly in the first place getting him to the river with a slightly stronger range..
Of course, the meta game is something i cant even begin to analyze or hope to understand so i could be totally wrong. This being said, i should stop there with the analysis and just say it was a superb match and i can only hope we see another very soon.. Some possible foes I’m rooting to see would be Jungleman12, Ziigmund, Ivey (raiseonce), or durrrr (holdem_nl).. All are relatively unlikely but I’ll keep my fingers crossed!