Blom has reportedly been identified as the high-stakes cash game player named “Isildur1.” He enjoyed a stratsopheric rise and a meteoric fall over the past 18 months, enduring multi-million dollar swings in some of the biggest online poker games in history. Until now, Blom had not made much of an impact at the World Series of Poker. In fact, he has never cashed in a WSOP tournament of any kind. However, his status as the chip leader in one of the most prestigious events of the year is certain to intensify global speculation and re-focus the spotlight on one of poker’s most enigmatic personalities.
Hansen finally fittingly filled the one glaring void on what otherwise is a stellar poker resume by conquering one of the toughest fields in tournament poker. “The Great Dane,” aptly named since he’s originally from Denmark, won the ₤10,000 buy-in High-Roller No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship, the fourth title event held this year at WSOP Europe in London. He earned ₤288,409 for first place, equal to about $451,880. Hansen was also presented with his first WSOP gold bracelet.
Meet JP Kelly, a face the mainstream poker world is still becoming acquainted with. Already well known in these parts, Kelly is the defending champion of this event, and he currently has the British poker scene abuzz as he’s made it deep again one year later. Kelly’s arrival on the map came just before that last title, however, when the 23-year-old picked up bracelet number one in a $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold’em event in Las Vegas. Three months later, he got one for the other wrist at the WSOPE, making him only the second man (behind Jesper Hougaard) to win a gold bracelet on both sides of the pond. That was the 2009 version of this £1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event, and he’s well in contention to defend that title in 2010, as remarkable as that may be.