How Viktor Blom won $1.7m in a matter of hours

Many people aspire to play poker professionally and become internationally known as the best, and for a very small minority, this dream does come true, I’m talking of course, about Viktor Blom, the Swedish poker player, who at just 22 is one of the best (in my opinion) and successful poker players out there.

Known online as “Isildur1“, Blom burst into the online poker world in late 2009, and later became one of the youngest to join Team PokerStars Pro in 2010, with his identity being revealed in 2011 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Viktor “Isildur1” Blom

It is also well known, that Blom suffered the biggest loss on a single day in the entire history of poker when he lost $4.2 million to Brian Hastings on 8th December 2009 after playing for over five hours straight. Recently though, his winnings have started to look a lot more cheery, especially since the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker back in November 2012 when he was signed up for Full Tilt Poker, alongside Tom Dwan.

Starting off in 2013, Blom  had winnings of $2.4 million in just the first week of January, making it the largest winning streak he had had since Autumn 2009.

Last Thursday, Blom took to the tables against Ben Tollerene, finishing up $1.7 million, and leaving his opponent roughly the same amount worse off in losses. In more recent weeks his play has left him with not much to shout about, however, this match left him up there at approximately $4 million this year, just $300,000 ahead of second place player, Alexander Kostritsyn at $3.7 million. At the same time, poker pro Gus Hansen is down approximately $2.7 million so far this year.

So how has Blom got to where he is today? I think it is a combination of his aggressive playing style and the way he keeps his eye on the prize and plays some of the biggest tables out there. In March he took winnings of $1,769,775 after playing 54 sessions and 5,000 hands, proving that he is definitely here to stay.

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