The calendar has just turned to 2013 and the most devoted believers of a December Armageddon have barely recovered from their disappointments, when the online poker scene brought us impressive online gambling news from the UK, as wunderkind Viktor Blom turned another page in the calendar of online poker history.
Just this Sunday, Blom – also known as ’Isildur1’ – pocketed USD 344K of his opponents’ money at Full Tilt Poker’s nosebleed tables, bringing his total for 2013 to an impressive USD 2.44 million, thereby making him the site’s biggest earner since its relaunch.
It all started with Blom relieving Alex Kostritsyn of over half a million of his dollars, continued by two sessions of 2-7 Triple Draw, during which he made Scott Seiver and Alex Luneau part with a total of USD 700K. To top it all off, he served up a nice Omaha 8 defeat to Sally Woo, too.
Soon thereafter Alex Luneau decided to heed the call of the wild again, this time opting for a heads up game as the means of choice to put USD 360K in Blom’s pocket.
Viktor Blom’s poker career has been very impressive overall, ever since he turned 18 and started playing at Full Tilt Poker in 2008. Developing his style and strategy he took millions after millions from his opponents, which landed him in some hot water with the local authorities who demanded that he pays some heavy taxes based on Swedish gambling laws.
Blom was „responsible” for some landmark losses as well, including the record setting USD 3 million against Patrik Antonius and the next record of USD 4.2 million taken from him by Brian Hastings in December 2009. This latter amount remains online poker’s largest single day gain (and loss).
Following a year and a half spent on the PokerStars Pro team Blom joined Full Tilt – by then owned by PokerStars. Looking at the recent developments it appears that going back to his poker roots has been a good decision for ’Isildur1’. And having moved to London Blom can now play online poker in the UK without having to worry about the Swedish taxman.