Isildur1 Leads WSOPE Main Event

Viktor Blom

The player the entire poker world believes is Swedish online high-stakes legend Isildur1 is leading the 2010 WSOP Europe main event headed into Day 3.

Since Isildur1 broke into the high-stakes scene last fall, becoming the first person to lose a seven-figure pot online against Patrik Antonius, beating Phil Ivey out of the second largest pot all time a few days later to make him the only player to have both won and lost a million dollar pot online and playing seven of the ten largest pots in online poker history, several sources have claimed he is Viktor Blom.

While PokerListings can confirm Viktor Blom is Blom90, a player who burst onto the high-stakes Euro-site scene in early 2009 building a massive bankroll before virtually disappearing, Blom has neither confirmed nor denied the rumor he is Isildur1, again refusing an interview with PokerListings Saturday after moving into the chip lead in the WSOPE main event.

Serbian Team 888VIP pro Bojan Gledovic is in a dead heat with Blom for the lead while tournament Poker’s all time leading money winner Ivey also built a stack on Day 2 and sits in a pack close behind including Nick Schulman, Arnaud Mattern, Nicolas Levi, Barry Greenstein, Dan Shak and Yevgeniy Timoshenko.

Heading into Sunday’s Day 3 just 66 players remain with Daniel Negreanu, Hoyt Corkins, Almira Skripchenko, Freddy Deeb, Greg Mueller, Nam Le, JP Kelly and November Niner John Dolan also still in contention.

Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak, Eric Baldwin, Eric Baldwin, Praz Bansi, Chris Moorman, Allen Cunningham, J.C. Tran, Leo Margets, Liv Boeree, Carlos Mortensen, Chris Ferguson, November Niners Filippo Candio and John Racener, Jason Mercier and last year’s champ Barry Shulman all busted Saturday.

The £10,350 WSOPE Championship drew a total of 346 players to the Casino at the Empire in London’s Leicester Square creating a £3,460,000 prize pool with £830,401 set aside for first.

The event will play down to a winner Oct. 28. Action continues on Day 3 beginning at 12 p.m. London time with plans to play to the final 27.

Since both players are out of the main event, the final heads-up match between Gus Hansen and Jim Collopy to settle the £10k Heads-Up High Roller event has also been set for 6 p.m. Sunday.

For a slice of the action, click through to PokerListings’ WSOPE Live Updates.

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