Months after the epic drama surrounding Isildur1, a similar storm is now gathering on the horizon.

Another mysterious Swedish player has been frequenting the high stakes tables at Full Tilt in recent days, most notably tangling with Dan “Jungleman12″ Cates over matches of $25/$50 Pot Limit Omaha. Known as “Lindqvro”, the player took his adversary for a sizable sum of nearly $300,000, playing four games simultaneously.

The first manon everyone suspect list is, of course, the newly camera-friendly Viktor Blom, who just weeks ago crypto gambling himself as the man behind the Isildur1 mask. Now signed with PokerStars, Blom’s notorious style of play has been monitored and emulated by countless others. But the latest, Linqvro, has shown markedly similar tendencies.

Much of the buzz surrounding the newest mystery is centralized at the 2+2 forums. Many of the users there have come to believe that Linqvro, Isildur1, and Blom are in fact one and the same person. Most have cited the play style, nationality, and massive bankroll as compelling evidence to their claim. Others, however, have noticed subtle differences. Among these are the table options, bet sizing, and methods of expression used in the chat box.

 

Blom himself responded to the rumors on 2+2:

“Hi, it’s not me that guy. I only play on PokerStars and I get every game I want there.”

Linqvro, to date, has made only the one appearance. He vanished as quickly as he appeared, and has not returned to the tables. Stay tuned for more info on this mysterious high stakes player.

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Japan and their coach Zico rejoiced after a 76th minute strike from supersub Masashi Oguro earned them their first points in the tournament and dispatched the European Champions in the process.

 

The Japanese elation was an exact mirror to the gloom surrounding the now rather mediocre looking Greeks, who seem unworthy to be considered champions of Europe with abject performances like today’s.

 

It seemed as if Otto Rehagel or ‘Rehakles’ as he is called, had taken Zico’s admission that his side struggle with high balls all too seriously as the Greeks played ‘hit and hope’ all evening, pumping aerial ball after aerial ball to almost no discernible effect. That they had no back-up when their system clearly was in need of changing sits curiously at odds with the tactical nous of Rehagel that was widely admired as the brains behind Greece’s remarkable poaching of the Henri Delaunay trophy in Lisbon last summer.

 

In contrast Japan were a good advert for football. They used the width of the field to great effect and passed fluently and elgantly along the deck with Hidetoshi Nakata’s elegant approach play once more a delight to behold. Like Greece, Japan lack a group of talented individuals but the sum of their parts has produced an elegant teamplay that fuses tactical awareness and the importance of keeping one’s shape with skilful close control and brisk one-touch passing.

 

Greece had tried to take advantage of Japan’s traditional shortcoming, the lack of physical presence, in the opening exchanges but soon the Asian champions’ slick counter-attacking game was bypassing the Europeans’ brawn.

 

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