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Patrik Antonius talks Isildur1
Full Tilt Academy, the online teaching arm of Full Tilt Poker, today posted two of the most interesting poker videos of the year – at least for anyone who’s remotely interested in the phenomenon known as “Isildur1.” The videos feature Full Tilt pro Patrik Antonius talking with Phil Gordon about all things Isildur1. The first video is the shorter of the two at 18 minutes and deals with a wide range of topics related to the games, while the second is longer at 30 minutes and goes into a lot of detail with Antonius dissecting several pots that he’s played against the mystery Swede.
To get an idea of just how big the stakes in these games are, consider this: at one point in the first video Gordon asks Antonius what kind of bankroll you would need to play these games with Isildur1 regularly, and the Finn’s response is that you would need somewhere between $300 million and $500 million because a $100 million loss wouldn’t be out of the ordinary. The look on Gordon’s face at that point is probably something like yours was when you got your first 401(k) statement after last year’s Wall Street nosedive.
Ziigmund gets “awesome kicks” from Isildur1
Speaking of Isildur1, one of the mystery man’s regular opponents took to the airwaves earlier today in Finland to talk about the world’s biggest online poker games.
Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies agrees with Antonius that the bankroll requirements for the games he’s playing with Isildur1 are through the stratosphere – but that’s not going to stop him from playing anytime soon. “I don’t have the roll to play this kind of game, but the kicks are so awesome,” Ziigmund said of his battles with Isildur1 today on Finnish radio show Radio Rock Korporaatio. Those kicks have him up about $1 million right now, but the swings on the deep-stacked $500/$1,000 tables mean that win could be erased by something as small as a misclick.
Sahamies had plenty good to say about Isildur1’s NLHE game, but said he thinks his PLO game has some weaknesses. He also seemed to doubt the anonymous gambler’s sanity, saying, “He’s playing 9 tables at once against Patrik, Ivey and durrrr heads up – the guy must be missing a chromosome.” Ziigmund didn’t say anything about his own sanity, but it’s worth noting that he’s bought a Ferrari to drive around Finland in the winter.
All In for CP tournament tomorrow afternoon in Vegas
One of the year’s best charity poker tournaments, the 2nd Annual All In For CP tournament benefiting the One Step Closer Foundation for cerebral palsy research, kicks off tomorrow at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. Former WSOP Ladies Event winner and Bluff contributor Jennifer Tilly will perform hosting duties for the $550 buy-in event, while Doyle Brunson, Barry Greenstein, former world champ Jamie Gold, Shannon Elizabeth, Dean Cain, Montel Williams and other poker players and celebrities will be taking to the felt to support a great cause.
Some charities use poker as a fundraiser without any pre-existing attachment to the game, but that’s not the case here. The foundation’s founder and president, Jacob Zalewski, is the son of poker pro Hertzel Zalewski and a 2005 WSOP bracelet event final tablist himself. And last year’s champion was Sam Simon, famed producer of The Simpsons and an avid poker player, who helped raise the One Step Closer Foundation’s take for the tournament to more than $44,000 when he donated all of his first-place winnings to the charity.
This year’s event starts at 2 p.m. PT tomorrow at the Hard Rock and Zalewski hopes to raise even more money on the second go-round. Full details are available at the All In For CP website.
2+2 sues Dutch Boyd for cybersquatting
Poker player Russ “Dutch” Boyd is on the defendant’s end of a lawsuit filed in federal court this week by poker strategy publisher and forum hosts Two Plus Two Publishing.
The publishing house, owned by Mason Malmuth and David Sklansky, claims in its lawsuit that in 2004 Boyd and co-defendant Jacknames.com registered a domain name using the phrase “Two Plus Two” and the word “poker” and subsequently linked that domain to a website featuring poker strategy services. The suit contains claims of cybersquatting, trademark infringement, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage.
The Las Vegas Sun left a message seeking comment from Boyd but at press time he had not issued a response. Also unanswered right now is the question of why 2+2 waited five years to sue Dutch Boyd for cybersquatting. With just three cashes in 2009 it hasn’t exactly been a banner year for Dutch, so even if 2+2 wins the case it’s unclear exactly what they hope to get from him.