One of the top stories in the online poker industry is the rise and fall of Isildur1, who won and lost millions of dollars in a span of a few weeks. The unknown player from Sweden had all but disappeared following a controversial losing session to Brian Hastings, but has resurfaced at the nosebleed stakes once again. His streaky lifestyle at the tables continued in recent days with huge sessions booked against poker’s finest to the tune of a $1.2 million profit. Only days later, he dropped $960,000 in less than five hours. Time will tell if poker’s international man of mystery will finally stick around at these stakes.
Here’s a look at what else is making news this week:
Apple Seeds Mac OS X 10.6.3
Developers received the latest build of Leopard in Mac OS X 10.6.3 that has several updates up for release. This build is reported to have performance improvements for 64-bit logic and addresses compatibility issues with OpenGL-based applications. It also includes changes to QuickTime X that increase reliability and enhance security. Finally, this update is said to address issues that cause background message colors to display incorrectly in Mail and issues with recurring events in iCal when connected to Exchange servers.
PokerStars $4 Million Sunday Million
The Sunday Million on PokerStars is the richest weekly tournament on the internet. Players ranging from amateurs hoping to ride a hot streak to hardened tournament pros enter the $215 tournament. Normally, it guarantees $1.5 million, but for the celebration of the 40 billionth hand in the site’s history, the stakes have been increased significantly. The normal $1.5 million guarantee has been lifted to an amazing $4 million, meaning the winner of this event will take home at least $1 million. The Sunday Million has been a PokerStars mainstay since March 2006 and continues to run strong. Players can enter this week’s $4 million edition of the Sunday Million by paying $215 entry or winning one of the many satellites that are running. Alternatively, players can cough up 13,500 FPPs.
WPT Qualifiers Continue on Full Tilt Poker
The World Poker Tour’s (WPT) Bay 101 Shooting Star is coming soon and Full Tilt Poker has a prize package that will put you in the spotlight. The qualifying events are still running, with the site awarding $12,000 prize packages that include entry into the $10,000 buy-in tournament. Every Sunday at 16:30 ET, there is a $500+$35 qualifier that guarantees two prize packages. Every Tuesday at 21:30 ET, there is a $300+$22 qualifier that awards at least one package and on Thursdays at 21:30 ET, there is a $1,000+$60 qualifier that awards two packages. Players can enter directly into these events or satellite in for as low as $0.50 or 50 Full Tilt Points.