Isildur1 Earns $2.1m, Wynn Flip-Flops
Isildur1 dominated high stakes poker in January, earning over $2.1 million. Also, Steve Wynn has been granted a New Jersey iGaming permit. Too bad he now opposes online gambling.
Isildur1 Wins $2.15 Million in January
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom has absolutely lit up the online poker world so far this year.
Blom earned a staggering $2.15 million in January and was the driving force for many of the games during the month.
Blom's winnings came as part of his massive volume during the month. His 48,517 hands were three times that of any winning high-stakes player during January. Whenever there were big games running during the month, you were sure to find him there.
Blom started January off as one of the biggest losers in poker, down $640,000 through January 12th. He then began an upswing that saw him dominate just about every opponent that chose to challenge him.
Alexander "PostflopAction" Kostritsyn dropped nearly $1 million to Blom during January, including $567,000 on January 15th. Blom also won a staggering $813,000 in a single day on January 17th. That win put him in the lead for the month -- a lead he never relinquished.
Ben "Bttech86" Tollerene was the only other player to win more than $1 million in January. He took down $1.44 million online, a figure that would normally be enough to take top honors.
Gus Hansen continued his epic downswing in January, dropping another $1.36 million. Ironically, most of his losses were not against Isildur1. Hansen pretty much fed everyone else while they tried to ride out Blom's most recent rush.
That rush may or may not already be over. Blom is currently down $394,842 through the first four days of February. However, most of those losses came during sessions played on breaks during Aussie Millions events.
Steve Wynn Granted NJ iGaming Permit, Then Comes Out Against iGaming
In a strange turn of events, Steve Wynn is now joining Sheldon Adelson in his fight against online gambling. This revelation came at the same time Wynn Resorts Limited was granted a transactional waiver to conduct iGaming business in New Jersey.
Over the weekend a report was released on RalstonReports.com that revealed Wynn now shares Sheldon Adelson's sentiments against online gambling. Angling it from a purely "business" viewpoint, Wynn is now stating that online gambling "is not a good entrepreneurial opportunity."
Wynn attacked iGaming on several fronts, including claims that current geotracking software is complete "bullsh**." He also claimed that online gambling will have a narcotic affect on young people and that the gambling industry would be severely hurt if an underage gambling scandal occurred.
As far as the New Jersey iGaming permit is concerned, that venture is now on hold. The Wynn's permit actually belonged to Caesars.
The two companies were to work in a joint-venture with Wynn possibly developing their own website. After Wynn's most recent views, that venture is on hold until the company can "understand the business opportunity."