Isildur1 – The Rise and Fall of the Enigma

In late 2009 Isildur1 burst onto the online poker scene and began making hundreds of thousands of dollars doing so, the only problem was no one knew who he was?

Working his way up from low stakes online table of $25/$50 and losing frequently Isildur1 stepped up his game and began beating famous players like Haseeb Qureshi, forcing the online poker world to sit up and take notice. Over the next week he racked up over half a million dollars, losing small amounts here and there but steadily working his way up the earning leader board, but it was not until the matchup against Tom Dwan where Isildur1 gained $1.8 million that he started to become a respected player. Demanding a replay Isildur1 continued to beat Dwan for the next two weeks with him losing nearly $3 million to the mystery star. However Isildur was beaten shortly after by Patrick Antonius leaving him millions of dollars less and losing an almost nine hundred thousand dollar pot. Despite this Isildur1 still remained $5 million in profit after 2009.

It wasn’t until 2010 that the true identity of Isildur1 was revealed as Viktor Blom, the man many of whom suspected as the man behind the mask. He was revealed in a match against Bertrand Grospellier after signing as a PokerStars Pro.

Being a super aggressive player Blom has been known to bet huge amounts of money and lose it all, without so much as a care in the world. He is however, the winner of one of the biggest pots in poker, over $1.3 million in one hand against Phil Ivey, but also the loser of the same, a staggering $1.3 million against nemesis Patrick Atntonius. Blom has now entered a losing streak and has been consistently losing matches and playing too aggressively with marginal hands, leaving his considerable earnings in the hands of Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey.

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