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Viktor Blom - Isildur1

Isildur1 is the nickname of a poker player who made history – Viktor Blom. He had an epic rise to the top, followed by an epic fall. His rise to the fame began in 2009 when he took part in all the 10 largest pots in online poker history, against Patrik Antonius, Phil Ivey, Ziigmund and others.

He began playing poker at the age of 14, starting with no limit Texas Hold’em heads-up against his brother. He began to play more and more micro stakes games with his friends, then moved on to small stakes games against his school mates.

He joined his first online tournament at the age of 15, finishing 15th and winning $300. This account was created together with his brother, and later on he made his own blom90 screen name. After just a few months of playing, the young kid made more than $275,000 on various websites. 

He then put all the money together and started to play high stakes cash games and tournaments. But he eventually lost it all and started from the bottom again. He managed to deposit $3,000 and eventually began to win again, getting to $50,000. But in a $310 sit & go, he lost everything once again. 

He then took a break from poker and came back after a while with 10,000 SEK ($1,000). He now only focused on heads up no-limit Hold’em. After turning 17 he deposited $2,500 on PartyPoker, and just 2 days later he had $200,000. 

After some intense games on iPoker, he managed to win $1.7 million in just 2 weeks. Players were not interested in playing against him anymore, so he had to find a new website and play under a different alias, and this is when Isildur1 was born.

He started to play on Full Tilt Poker in 2009, and soon got to play along big names like Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Cole South, Patrik Antonius and others. His career reached a peak on November 15 when he had total winnings of $5.98 million. Just one month later he was down to $2 million, losing $4.2 million against Brian Hastings in just five hours (the largest gain and loss in one day in the history of online poker).

Specialists agreed that he is way too aggressive, and this costs him a lot against pro players. His earnings kept on going up and down. One time he played six simultaneous tables against Tom Dwan, and won more than 1 million in one week. 

But he also lost $3.2 million against Phil Ivey at three tables of heads-up no-limit hold’em at $500/$1000 stakes (in one week). While he was very good at HU games, he then started to play Omaha, even though he lacked experience. 

He lost another $3 million against Antonius in just one day, and kept on going up and down in various tournaments. In 2010 he joined the Team PokerStars Pro, and his true identity was revealed. He is a young Swedish player born in 1990, named Viktor Blom

He left PokerStars in 2012 and joined Full Tilt Poker. He began to pay more attention to live tournaments and he won his first one in January 2012 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Here he cashed in $1.2 million. 

In 2015 he won $3.5 million in PokerStars cash games, but lost $1.75 million on Full Tilt. But he did finish the year with $1.75 million in profit. In 2016 he was absent for a few months, and then made a good comeback at the SCOOP Festival on PokerStars in 2017.  

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