Poker Enigma Viktor Blom Discusses His Game

by | Published: Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Viktor Blom is somewhat of an enigma in the world of poker. He found his fame in the online poker world, and it would seem he’d prefer to stay there. For quite some time, he hid behind his online screen name “Isildur1” where he played the biggest cash games found online day after day, week after week, month after month. He slowly made a name for himself, as well as boosting his bankroll. He has been much more visible in recent years, due in large part to his sponsorship by Full Tilt Poker.

Blom is currently on the European Poker Tour circuit in Vienna, and spoke to PokerNews on a short break from playing during Day 2.

It can be hard for online players to transition to playing at tables, especially at huge televised events. They go from playing at multiple tables online to just one, much slower live table. Blom seems to be enjoying himself at the EPT Vienna stop so far, but that could just be a result of being at an exciting table.

“…there’ve been a lot of big pots. It’s been fun, really,” said Blom. “I like it when there’s things happening at the table. I’m having a good time for sure.”

Yet just as Blom was having a good time, it was taken away from him. He was soon moved up to the feature table, which is live streamed and under big bright lights – something Blom is not particularly fond of.

“I don’t really like it because it’s so hot up there,” he said. “On top of that, it’s gonna take a lot of time for each hand to finish, so we’ll play less hands. I just prefer a normal table, but it is what it is.”

Once again, Blom slights live poker, especially live poker with a televised element in play, for being slower than he likes. Slower than online poker, that is. Even if Blom doesn’t enjoy live poker tournaments too much, he’s definitely found success in them. He has successfully transferred from just an online cash-game pro.

Blom has over $1.5 million in live tournament earnings. The bulk of that stems from January 2012 when he won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller for over $1.25 million; much more impressive than any online winnings.

The young swede already has three World Series of Poker cash finishes on record, including an impressive 14th-place finish in the famous $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship in 2012 where he walked away with $105,235. Nobody though much of him in the race, thinking he couldn’t play anything but no-limit hold’em.

Despite his successful history, Blom is unsure if he’ll even make the WSOP this year, though the $1 million Big One for One Drop is definitely at the fore-front of his mind.

“…of course it’s on my mind, but I haven’t thought about it too much,” he said. “I don’t know yet, to be honest. I think I’ll be at the World Series this year, but I’m not 100 percent sure yet, though. It sucks so much that it’s right in the middle of the summer. It’s crazy as I won’t be able to enjoy the World Cup that way. I didn’t go last year, but we’ll see. I might be there.”

Blom is currently trying to make a deep run in the EPT Vienna Main Event, and has plenty on his plate whether he makes the WSOP or not.

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