The Nightly Turbo: Phil Galfond Analyzes Viktor Blom, Poker Pro Going to Space, & More
Phil Galfond and Viktor Blom have clashed many times at high-stakes cash games. What does Galfond think of his friendly adversary? Find out that and more in this edition of the Nightly Turbo.
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Isildur1: The Man, The Myth, The Legend
Why is Viktor "Isildur1" Blom such a formidable opponent at high-stakes cash games? According to fellow nosebleed player Phil Galfond, it's because Blom plays for the love of the game and genuinely doesn't care about money.
In his latest blog, the always-insightful Galfond examines The Man, The Myth, The Legend known as "Isildur1." Galfond says he's played more hands against Blom than any other player of the length of his career, and he got to know the cagey Swede pretty well during the World Series of Poker this past summer.
Over the past three years, Galfond has examined Blom's strengths and weaknesses as a player. But it wasn't until he actually meant Blom that he really understood what makes him one of the game's greats.
"Viktor’s passion for the game is his biggest strength as a player," Galfond writes. "He told me that he likes to play most with whoever he thinks is the best in the world. I guess if you’re going to challenge yourself, you might as well REALLY challenge yourself.
"When you start thinking about the money involved, it inhibits your ability to play your best. People who approach poker purely as a job, for the financial reasons, will have a very hard time becoming the best of the best (though they may make plenty of money). To actually be great, you need to love the game. You need to have fun playing. Viktor has these covered and then some."
We highly recommend you check out Galfond's full blog at PhilGalfond.com.
Kyllönen's Hefty Downpayment
One of online poker's biggest winners of 2012 is spending some of his hard-earned profits on a trip into space.
Following in the footsteps of billionaire entrepreneur and poker enthusiast Guy Laliberté, Finnish poker pro Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen recently told CardPlayer Europe that he has paid €160,000 to reserve a seat aboard Virgin Galactic's space flight. Kyllönen says he'll probably make the trip in 2014 after the testing stage is complete.
Kyllönen will spend three or four days training for the flight at SpacePort America before the two-hour flight aboard Sir Richard Brandon's space vessel.
“I’ve always been fascinated with space and now that I have the opportunity to be within the first people going I just felt like I had to do it," Kyllönen said.
As of last week, Kyllönen was up $1,628,538 playing high-stakes cash games at PokerStars this year. He was also one of 48 players to post the $1 million buy-in for the Big One for One Drop at the World Series of Poker this past summer. Kyllönen was the third player eliminated after losing a key hand to French businessman Frederic Banjout.
Hopefully, his pricey trip to space provides a more rewarding experience.
CardPlayer Europe has more.
Delaware's Iron Man
The Delaware Park poker room broke a Guinness World Record on Monday when a tournament was played continuously for 36 hours, 34 minutes and 41 seconds. The event, called the Iron Man Poker Challenge, establishment a new world record for the Longest “Documented” Continuous Poker Tournament.
The tournament began Saturday afternoon and was played to the end without any breaks. The event attracted 192 players, all of whom posted the $600 buy-in to participate. Peter Konas went on to win the tournament and $27,160 after besting Josh Palmer heads-up for the title.
Delaware Park attempted a similar record last year, but it fell short of the Guinness benchmark of 36 hours. This year's event was reconstructed with a bigger starting stack and longer levels to allow for a better chance at making the Guinness record books.
For more, check out the live blog at DelPark.com.
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