He’s 23, down $3.6 million for the past 30 days; but that’s not terribly unusual for the poker phenom known round the world to online fans as “Isildur1,” aka Viktor Blom. Following a dazzling two-week online winning streak from the start of the new year, Blom has since dropped back to a meager $1.5 million, according to HighstakesDB.com, a poker tracking data site. More than $800,000 of those brutal losses occurred in just the past week, and took place on Full Tilt poker, the online site he represents as a pro.
High Stakes Is His Game
It’s all in a day’s work for the young pro, who is no stranger to uber high-stakes online poker: he caught the breathless attention of poker fans everywhere just four years ago, when in 2009, he was active in all ten of the largest pots in poker online history. Blom was still playing under wraps by his online pseudonym when he joined Team PokerStars at the end of 2010, only to have his true identity revealed when he played live at the annual PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in the Bahamas. Blom stayed on the PokerStars pro roster for 1 1/2 years, moving on to Full Tilt just recently, in October 2012.
Highs and Lows
Blom is no stranger to the highs and lows of online poker; in his initial cloaked “Isildur1” days, he played top pros like Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius in cash games as big as $500/$1000 No Limit. Inside of just two months of his online debut, he had amassed a whopping $6 million, only to lose back $4 million of it by December of 2009, one month later. The staggering loss took him largely out of online play on Full Tilt until February 2010.
It’s reported that the young gun quickly built an initial bankroll of $2,000 into an impressive $1.4 million; the first half-million of that coming from a $100/$200 No Limit Hold’em match with high-stakes Full Tilt online regular Haseeb Qureshi.
Blom, who hails originally from Gotheburg, Sweden, has career tournament winnings of almost $2 million. His most impressive tournament finishes to date include taking first in the 2012 PCA No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller Eight Max event for a $1,254,400 cash, as well as the May 2012 online PokerStars SCOOP 02-M $215 buy in No Limit Hold’em event for a $247,200 finish.