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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Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom Makes $2.4 million in first week of 2013

Viktor Blom, or “Isildur1” is up $2.4 million in just the first week of 2013! Not only is this a great start to the New Year, but it is also the biggest streak he has had since his baffling run in Autumn 2009.

Viktor Blom started 2013 by winning a rather large $564,000 against Alex “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn at the start of the new year, but then went on to beat his new year record almost instantly, by logging two $700,000 winning sessions  in the days that followed.

Playing 7,903 hands in the last 7 days, Blom has certainly started as he means to go in this year, after a few notable wins against Alex Luneau and Scott Seiver, and also a few victories against SallyWoo in the Omaha-8 tables, SallyWoo is yet to be identified.
If Blom’s recent success continues the way it has, he can expect to beat players such as Ben Sulsky who won $3.5 million throughout 2012, as Blom has already managed to win 60% of that in the first 7 days of the year.

Let’s hope Blom continues to play the way he is, as we all remember what happened in 2009 when he started playing multiple tables at once, and then started to lose large sums of money to Ivey, Antonius, and Hastings.

So exactly what happened at the table which resulted in Blom walking away with this amount of money?

At the start, Viktor lost approximately $130,000 when he was playing against people like PostFlopAction and Alexonmoon, however he managed to rake all of this back at a seperate table, where he was again playing PostflopAction but managed to take $142,500 in total. Playing again later, he managed to take another $86,000.
As the week continued, he then lost a total amount of $194,000 to a couple of players including cottonseed1, and again he returned later to try and win back some of his days losses, totalling $95k.
It certainly worked out for Mr Blom when he went up against Alexonmoon in a session that lasted approximately 3 hours, and managed to take a grand total of $360,000 before deciding to take another break from the poker table.
As mentioned earlier, he played an unidentified player, SallyWoo later in the day, and managed to bag himself another $93k at the Fixed Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tables.
After one last game later on, he took a final $100k, leaving his profits with Full Tilt now at $343k

Full Tilt Poker Signs Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom

Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom join Full Tilt

In the lead up to the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker (FTP), it has surfaced that Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom have both been signed by Full Tilt. The news came forward on Monday, when the former 2nd largest online poker room in the world announced the signing of the two pros, Tom Dwan (durrrr) and Viktor Blom (Isildur1). A few years ago, both Dwan and Blom were two of “The Professionals” at Full Tilt, where they competed against each other and others such as Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius. This attracted many players to the site at the time.
PokerStars announced in January 2011 that they were signing Isildur1 (Later revealed to be Viktor Blom). Blom then left PokerStars in August 2012, and gave no reason for doing so. This created widespread speculation that he left in order to be signed for Full Tilt when it relaunches in November.

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