Jungleman frustrated as Isildur1 wins, 2017 Big Year for Phil Galfond

Jungleman frustrated as Isildur1 wins

Viktor “ISILDUR1” Blom who wasn’t running so well in 2016 has turned his luck at the start of the year 2017 at the expense of Daniel “Jungleman” Cates.


The 5th biggest loser of the year 2016, Blom won US$217,000 from Cates in a heads-up match on Wednesday, after posting a prior win of US$109.300k  at the 8-Game tables against on Tuesday.  In frustration, Cates presumably half-joking chatted:

w00ki3z.: hope you die
w00ki3z.: scum
w00ki3z.: play later
Isildur1: hey

Another player who has started the year well is Russian pro Timofey “Trueteller” KuznetsoKuznetso has won US$300K in a span of 2 days playing 8-game tables mostly.

More: Biggest Online Poker Winners and Losers of 2016

2017 Big Year for Run it Once

Phil Galfond

After the announcement of putting up his own online poker room which was a reaction to the changes happening on online client PokerStars and, poker pro Phil Galfond gives an update on what’s happening with Run It Once (RIO) Poker.

In a long blog post, Galfond reminisced how RIO started with his long-time friend Dan who was the technical brains behind the room even way before the announcement was made.

More: Phil Galfond’s Blog Post (Run It Once)

He also shared the numerous support that overflowed after the announcement.  Initially he was overwhelmed with the expectations but his fantastic team of 15 people had grown into a 40-man team, of whom most were based in Malta.

The most important update, however, is the launch of the much awaited room. As Galfond wanted to create a room for poker players by poker players, he has apparently decided to start the design and the development of the platform instead of opting to just purchase existing software and re-branding it.

 As such, he doesn’t see the initially planned launch of the room happening on the first Quarter of 2017.

More: Phil Galfond To Open A Real Money Poker Site

Article by Gabrielle Barredo

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Louis Hartwell

Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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