Unmasking Isildur

They say that nowadays poker is a solved game… Well one mystery the poker community is still trying to solve is “Who is Isildur?”

The poker phenom known only as Isildur1 became famous almost instantly by racking up millions of dollars online faster that you can say “bankroll”! Moving up to the highest of nosebleed stakes, Isildur counts among his conquests huge scores against the likes of Patrik Antonius and Tom Dwan. Just as amazingly, he lost millions in just a few sessions to a “triumvirate” of math specialists, most notably Brian Hastings, who used data mining to “figure out his game”. Nonetheless, Isildur is still a force to be reckoned with, and is currently once again on his way up to the higher stakes online

But there’s some good news: The man himself (maybe it’s a woman?) will soon make a public appearance on TV, in PartyPoker’s Big Game IV.

What we know now is that Isildur1 is from Scandanavia and supposedly very young (20 years old).

Apparently, Tony G. was instrumental in getting Isildur to “come out and play” in a live televised setting, but rumor has it that the young poker phenom might still wear a mask. Talk about a tight table image! Wonder if he’ll speak or just sign to the dealer that he calls, raises or folds….

Anyhow, the live action takes place next week, with the televised broadcast following soon thereafter. Stay tuned.

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Robbie Strazynski

Robbie founded in 2009. A veteran poker writer and presenter, Robbie hosts The Orbit, a first-of-its-kind roundtable discussion live broadcast on featuring poker’s biggest names and personalities, as well as the CardsChat Podcast. In 2019, Robbie translated the autobiography of poker legend Eli Elezra (Pulling the Trigger) from Hebrew into English. Robbie’s “Running […]



Isildur’s Poker “career peak” took place on November 15th when he totaled over $5 million. This is the moment he cut of the Ring and should have stopped playing, throwing the poker game in Mount Doom. But Isildur went on and his battles got bigger and bigger.

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