Before Viktor Blom was outed as the man behind the mysterious “Isildur1” handle, he had carved a reputation in the poker world as one of the fiercest high stakes online poker players around.
But even with his name now firmly attached to the legend, some things never change.
The Swedish Felt Sniper and member of Full Tilt’s “The Professionals” recently added to his grocery list of online poker achievements, taking down the 2013 PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) High Main Event in a dramatic come-from-behind manner to put gloom in the eyes of the equally fantastically-nicknamed Team PokerStars Pro Noah “Exclusive” Boeken.
It was Blom’s third SCOOP title, as strong a validation as any of his stature in the online poker circuit. Surely, his win was duly rewarded to the tune of $1,096,200.
It was far from easy for the 22-year old poker savant as he had to deal with a field of strong high stakes players that included Mike “munchenHB” Telker, Ravi “govshark2” Raghavan, and Sergio “zcedrick” Aido, all three of whom made it to the Final Table, by the way.
After the smoke had cleared and the carnage cast to the rails, Boeken and Blom were left to decide who would win the lucrative tournament and the prestige and glory that came with it. PokerStars versus Full Tilt. Just the way it should be.
Blom actually had a 3-to-1 chip disadvantage against the Dutch Destroyer, but slowly but surely, the Swede made up some ground, winning numerous small pots before scoring a huge pot and officially taking control of the tournament. It was all-she-wrote from there for Mr. Exclusive. Second place was what was in the cards for him.
Considering that he lost to one of the finest online poker players in the world, it still was a great showing from Boeken, thanks in large part to the $803,300 that will soon be added to his bank account.
As for Blom, it was another day in the office, proving yet again that while his profile has drastically changed since he revealed himself as “Isildur1”, the skills that led him to become the online poker legend that he is hasn’t.