Posts Tagged ‘Viktor Blom’
by Bridget Wright | Published: Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
After having a great month in April, France’s Alexandre “Alexonmoon” Luneau continued his great poker run well into May. He closed the month as online poker’s biggest cash game winner with a hefty profit of $573,054 in 13,544 hands played.
With his winnings totaling more than $1,200,000 in the last two months, Luneau has well and truly cemented his position on the world’s biggest winners list. He currently sits in fourth place on the list, behind Daniel “jungleman12” Cates, Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius, and Niki Jedlicka.
Other nosebleed regulars “punting-peddler” and “Osama_no_Brunch” also had a very profitable May, with both players ending the month close to $500,000 in the black. Daniel Cates also closed the month with a profit, bringing home $243,493 after playing 4,692 hands.
Top five online cash game winners from May:
|Alexandre “Alexonmoon” Luneau
|Daniel “jungleman12″ Cates
But as we all know, in a game like poker, where there are winners there must also be losers. Some players have a successful month, while others get stuck in a rut – even the big name players! While Luneau has experienced a winning couple of months, things have gone very differently for Full Tilt Poker Pro Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. The Swede suffered yet another terrible downswing, which ended up costing him $1,135,819, making him the biggest loser for the month.
May is now the second consecutive month that Blom has landed at the top of the losers list, being the biggest loser for April as well (not a title any player wants to hold onto). He closed April with an astonishing $2,019,645 in losses.
Full Tilt Poker’s Pro Team isn’t faring well in general, with another top player ending the month on a loss. Despite playing some positive sessions, Denmark’s Gus Hansen also had another losing month. After closing April with a $127,537 loss, Hansen failed to score any worthwhile wins in May and closed the month with a loss of $960,382.
May’s third biggest loser was Macau high-stakes regular Paul “MalACEsia” Phua, who dropped more than $600,000 after 1,310 hands split in only six different sessions.
Top five online cash game losers from May:
|Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom
|Paul “MalACEsia” Phua
|Chun Lei “samrostan” Zhou
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by Bridget Wright | Published: Monday, May 19th, 2014
Nine-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey may not have had a successful first four months of 2014, but after playing two successful days of online poker this week he’s back on track. Profits of $410,341 from games played during Monday to Wednesday have helped Ivey put his name back on top of the list of online poker’s biggest winners.
Ivey’s majority of profits came on Tuesday, when he closed as the day’s biggest winner after bringing home a $441,380 payday accumulated from 835 hands played in six different poker sessions.
More than half of his winnings on Tuesday came during a late-morning session at the $1,500/$3,000 8-game table. He took on opponents such as Viktor Blom and Patrik Antonius, taking out a total of 188 hands and a $235,500 profit.
Ivey managed to take out another $152,000 win when he went up against Blom later in the day playing heads up.
He played another winning session on Wednesday, albeit with less grand winnings. Ivey played a total of 695 hands in four sessions, taking home an overall win of $74,357. Despite the huge win, which netted him the position of second biggest online winner of the week with an overall profit of $410,341, Ivey is still down $2.3 million since the beginning of 2014.
Hac Dang took out the title of biggest online winner of the week, after taking home a total of $513,724 in winnings since last Monday. His playing trajectory was exactly the same as Ivey’s: he started the week with a loss of $44,167, before getting back on track on Tuesday with a winning total of $346,394. By Wednesday he closed the day as the biggest winner with a profit of $211,512 after 491 hands.
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by Bridget Wright | 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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by Bridget Wright | Published: Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Team Pokerstars, led by Daniel Negreanu, has defeated the Gus Hansen-led Full Tilt Professionals in their battleship team challenge at the European Poker Tour London Event.
Negreanu and his teammates Isaac Haxton and Bertrand Grospellier will each collect $50,000 from Hansen, Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom as well as $10,000 in tournament buy-ins from Full Tilt Poker.
Each individual match-up was played in a best of three table’s format.
The first game saw Grospellier taking on Blom and the Frenchman wasted little time jumping to a 1-0 lead.
Grospellier claimed the tie for Team Pokerstars in the second game before making it a clean sweep just a couple of hands later.
Haxton and Dwan had done battle many times before in a heads-up format with both players knowing the others games inside out.
Both players were cautious in the opening stages of the tie but after twenty-three hands Haxton scored the first table with a set of fours.
It didn’t take long for Dwan to even the tie and take the leg to a third and final table.
Haxton was extremely short-stacked and was; arguably, fairly lucky to get himself back into the hunt after going all in pre-flop with his last 396 in chips.
The luck continued for Haxton and he was able to win the game and secure the match for Team Pokerstars.
That wasn’t the end of the action with Hansen and Negreanu battling on the felt for $50,000.
Negreanu quickly took a one-nil lead and secured the tie with a victory on table two just a few hands later.
Just to rub it in Negreanu was able to come from behind on the third and final table to secure a clean sweep.
The event was very well received by the poker community and both teams said they looked forward to further battles in the future.
You can join Negreanu, Haxton and Grospellier online by signing-up and depositing at Pokerstars.
by Bridget Wright | Published: Saturday, March 9th, 2013
Daniel Negreanu has named Isaac Haxton and Bertrand Grospellier as his teammates to take on the Full Tilt Professionals during the European Poker Tour London event next week.
The Full Tilt Professionals team is led by Gus Hansen and includes Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom.
The challenge will played with a best of three structure with the winners of each match receiving $50,000 from their opponent and the members of the winning team scoring $10,000 in tournament buy-ins from the opposing online poker room.
Hansen was given his choice of match-ups and chose to face Negreanu while Grospellier will take on Blom and Dwan will do battle with Haxton.
Negreanu said the decision was very tough but ended up backing the judgment of his fellow Team Pokerstars pros.
“The unanimous choice, the number one guy that everybody thought was the right pick and I was planning on picking him almost certainly was Isaac Haxton,” Negreanu said.
“I’ve played heads-up with Isaac and he is probably the most experienced player on Team Pokerstars in this specific format so you absolutely cannot go wrong with this pick.”
Negreanu said the second pick was much tougher but is happy to into battle with Bertrand Grospellier.
“There was a case to be made for everybody but I was specifically looking at this specific format and match-up wise so I ended up going with Grospellier,” Negreanu said.
Negreanu said he hoped the event would be a bit of fun and create some positive headlines for poker.
“One of my New Year’s resolutions was to create some positive headlines for poker in light of what happened on Black Friday,” the popular Canadian said.
“I thought it’d be really cool, and I thought fans would really enjoy watching a match like this go down.”
The challenge will take place on Sunday March 10th at 10 a.m. ET and will be played online with Full Tilt Poker.
This means that anybody with a Full Tilt Poker account can log-on and follow all the action live.