Viktor Blom Enjoys Incredible Day at PartyPoker

Viktor Blom won a super high roller bowl and finished second in another, winning almost $580,000.

Viktor Blom is best known for his high stakes cash game prowess. The hyper loose-aggressive Swede has played as high as $500/$1,000 in his rollercoaster of a poker career. It turns out he is a dab hand at poker tournaments too.

Blom has more than $2.9 million from live poker tournaments. The bulk of this sum stem from two huge results. He won only his second recorded MTT in 2012. Blom took down the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $1,254,400. More recently, in February 2018, he won the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany Main Event for €850,000 ($1,048,153).

Now he’s taken to terrorizing online poker tournament grinders.

Blom Wins SHRB #09 For $213,750

The ninth event of the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl Online series drew in a crowd of 75. This is quite impressive considering the tournament cost $10,300 to enter. Only the top 11 finishers won a slice of the $750,000 prize pool, with Seth Davies busting in 12th to pop the money bubble.

Mikita Badziakouski, Rui Ferreira, and Justin Bonomo busted and banked $22,500. Bonomo’s elimination set the final table.

Dan Smith was the first finalists to crash and burn. His eighth-place finish saw his bankroll increase by $26,250. The pay jumps that followed were quite substantial.

Seventh-place finisher Darrell Goh collected $33,750 with Irishman Mark Davis netting $41,250. Kristen Bicknell, one of the world’s best female players, fell in fifth for $52,500. Bicknell is, of course, sponsored by partypoker.

George Wolff finished in fourth for $67,500 which left Arnaud Enselme to bank $101,250 when he fell in third.

Heads-up pitted Blom against one of Germany’s finest, Christoph Vogelsang. Blom has played hundreds of thousands of one-on-one hands and his experience shone through. The Swede defeated his last opponent and scooped $213,750. Vogelsang hauled in $146,250.

Place Player Country Prize
1 Viktor Blom Sweden $213,750
2 Christoph Vogelsang United Kingdom $146,250
3 Arnaud Enselme United Kingdom $101,250
4 George Wolff Mexico $67,500
5 Kristen Bicknell Canada $52,500
6 Mark Davis Ireland $41,250
7 Darrell Goh United Kingdom $33,750
8 Dan Smith Canada $26,250

Blom Finishes Second in the $25,500 Event

Blom almost won two Super High Roller Bowl Online titles in a single day, but fell agonizingly short. He was one of 68 entrants in the $25,500 buy-in event and managed to navigate his way too heads-up.

Dan Smith was all that stood between Blom and his second victory of the night. Unfortunately for Blom, Smith got the better of him and he had to make do with the $365,500 consolation prize. Smith banked $527,000 and became a Super High Roller Bowl Online champion.

A whole host of stars crashed out before Smith got his hands on the title. Darrell Goh and Orpen Kisacikoglu were the first to fall by the wayside. Giuseppe Iadisernia and Alex Foxen joined them on the rail soon after.

The United Kingdom’s Simon Higgins finished fourth for $153,000. Higgins isn’t as well-known as he should be, but he’s some player.

Russian star Artur Martirosian was the third-place finisher, a finish worth $238,000. Martirosian is in the middle of a purple patch right now and putting in some incredible results.

Place Player Country Prize
1 Dan Smith Canada $527,000
2 Viktor Blom Sweden $365,500
3 Artur Martirosian Russia $238,000
4 Simon Higgins United Kingdom $153,000
5 Alex Foxen Canada $119,000
6 Giuseppe Iadisernia United Kingdom $97,750
7 Orpen Kisacikoglu United Kingdom $80,750
8 Darrell Goh United Kingdom $63,750

What Next For Isildur1?

Anyone who has followed online poker during the past eight years knows of Blom. He’s achieved almost legendary status in the game. It all started when an unknown player using the “Isildur1” alias started taking on all-comers in the highest stakes cash games. He destroyed most of them.

It was eventually revealed that Isildur1 was in fact Blom. The Swede has gained an army of fans thanks to his fearless playing style. He adopts a loose-aggressive style that leaves his opponents bamboozled, but he’s also capable of making massive calls with less-than-stellar hands.

It remains to be seen if Blom sticks to playing MTTs or returns to the “nosebleed” cash games. On this form, he’ll probably play and win a few more super high rollers. What a life!

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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