Viktor “Isildur1” Blom talks about Full Tilt Poker days
In an interview with Swedish Newspaper Aftonblat, the newly minted Team PokerStars Pro Viktor Blom –better known as isildur1—talked about his recent history as a high-stakes poker player, and his roots as a poker player.
According to Poker.org –who was kind enough to translate the Swedish from Aftonblat into English–Blom told the newspaper: “I started playing poker when I was 14 years old I think. With my friends and my brother. There was this program on TV, Pokermiljonen (The Poker Million) that made us pick up the game… “It always went well for me, but it wasn’t until I was 18 that I realized that I could become really good,”
Blom made his online poker bones by quickly ascending the ranks of the European poker rooms as a teenager, before taking his bankroll to Full Tilt Poker, and testing his skills against the best players in the world. And as Blom would tell Aftonblat, he was not prepared for what he found:
“I started playing on American sites and there I was really stunned by how good the level was. But I wasn’t prepared, I didn’t know there were players that were even better than me. Especially in Omaha. Here I made a lot of mistakes and was definitely playing to high,”
“However, In Hold’em Heads-up I am probably the best of all and this experience I carry with me. Of course it is tough when you lose, but in the end it doesn’t matter. It’s just money. I play because I love it, it’s that simple.”
This shocking admonition that he had no idea there were player’s better than he was may help put a finger on why he continued to challenge the Full Tilt Poker nosebleed players, despite suffering massive losses.
Playing under the now infamous handle of Isildur1, Blom first started playing on Full Tilt Poker in late 2009 and quickly went up almost $5 million; Blom quickly gained a cult following with his penchant for big stakes, and big pots –having been involved in the 10 biggest pots in online poker history—and his willingness to multi-table against Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, Phil Ivey and others, AT THE SAME TIME! He would go on to lose that $5 million plus a couple million of his own money, most notably to Brian Hastings in a session that would see Blom drop $4.2 million to the Full Tilt Poker pro and Cardrunners instructor.
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