Poker Superstar Ben "milkybarkid" Grundy V Isildur1, But Who Is Grundy?

Online high-stakes pro Ben Grundy has made the news this week, not least because of his stated intention to take on Viktor “Isildur1” Blom as part of the ongoing PokerStars SuperStar Showdown Challenge.
So who is Ben “milkybarkid” Grundy? The UK pro started out as a live poker player at casinos where he was able to amass a small fortune playing his favourite game, Pot Limit Omaha. Then in 2004, he approached the online arena with a new focus and is presently nearing almost $8 million in profits. As the London-based pro explains:
“I’ve always done really well in Omaha. …I was making maybe £4,000 or £5,000 a month just playing $2/$5 and $5/$10.”
Then in 2006, after winning a package to the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, Grundy  finished 7th for $105k. leading him to become Betfair’s first officially sponsored pro. He has since gone on to earn $557,601 playing live tournaments.
By the end of 2007, Ben Grundy had made over $1 million for the year playing PLO $25/$50 to $100/$200, although he made losses at NL and so he decided to stick to PLO from then on. Shifting his attention to $50/$100 HU PLO, Grundy finished 2008 up an incredible $2.6m in profit, and commenting on his golden year said:
“That was an insane year. I used to win maybe 7/10 days, and I once remember a streak of 28 winning days.”
Since then, Ben Grundy has gone from strength to strength and when he posted his graph showing around $7.8 million in winnings over half a million hands of $25/$50 to $100/$200 PLO, many on the TwoPlusTwo forum questioned its authenticity.
Ben Grundy soon answered any of his doubters by issuing challenge whereby he would pay $60,000 if he couldn’t prove he’d won at least $5 million and win $30,000 if he could.
Turning his attention to Isildur1, Ben Grundy explained:
“I’ve managed to get some money onto Stars seeing as the games have been so good lately. It’s weird, I’ve never played much on there and Stars always made it so hard for me to deposit on there but I’m planning on making a run at it, and plan to take on Blom in the Isildur Challenge within the next couple of months if I can play PLO only. We had some epic run-ins on iPoker if the rumours of his IDs are true before, so it should be a fun match.”
As the young British pro signals his intention to take on Isildur1 at a PLO version of the PokerStars SuperStar Showdown Challenge, this battle is sure to be one to get high-stakes enthusiasts railing to the action in their droves.

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