It was an epic match that was talked about in the poker forums for months, an online cash game so big even national news sites reported the outcome. It resulted in a swing so huge that it lives in the annals of online poker as one of the biggest of all time.
In a five-hour session, Brian Hastings took more than $4 million off then-anonymous Isildur1, a Swede (later revealed to be Viktor Blom) taking shots at the biggest names in the business, playing at the highest of stakes. They played less than 3,000 hands.
$3 Million Under EV
Studies of the hand histories reported that Isilidur1 ran $3 million below expected value (EV) during the $500/$1K Omaha match. There is little doubt that a bad run such as that affected his mental state and likely deteriorated his ability to make quality decisions.
The two butted heads over and over, but a big moment in the match came when Hastings played a flopped draw aggressively against Blom’s two pair. Blom turned a third pair and put his money in against Hasting’s 19-out draw. A river card that completed Hasting’s straight sent a $683,000 pot his way.
While Blom was only a slight favorite when the money went in the middle, he was surely crushed when the luck didn’t go his way.
As Blom lost flip after flip, and Hastings continued to punish his opponent, Blom started to lose his composure. He certainly wasn’t playing his best game.
“I can promise this is the worst luck anyone had,”
Somewhere toward the end of the match, Hastings indicated he wanted to quit, and the signs of tilt in Isildur1 were evident. “This is not happening,” Blom typed.
Hastings Blom agreed to play 30 minutes longer (which actually turned out to be another hour), even after Isildur1 lost that $683k pot.
“I can promise this is the worst luck anyone had,” Blom typed, “take my last $$ … I don’t want it.”
To be sure, Blom had rapidly run his bankroll up in previous matches against the highest stakes and best players in the world. Before the match against Hastings, he seemed unstoppable.
Don’t let the same happen to you
Like in life, insurance at the poker table helps set our minds at ease. We can better overcome obstacles when we are prepared for the worst.
These days, online players have a service to help them maintain composure as they take chances and face the swings of bigger games: covering your bankroll at InsuredPlay.com.
We offer all-in equity insurance for online cash games played on the most popular poker sites. No matter the results, you are guaranteed to win the equity you had in the pot when the chips went in before the river. So even if you have a session where you lose flip after flip and run disastrously below EV yourself, you will be able to maintain your cool and fight through the bad run by still being able to make high quality decisions all while protecting your bankroll
Don’t let the swings get to you. The most important time to keep your cool is when taking shots that could boost your bankroll. Insure your cash and make sure your bankroll is not squandered. Sign up now!