Viktor Blom, better known as Isildur1 to the poker community, has made millions of dollars using very aggressive tactics in online poker. His favorite version of poker to play is No-Limit Texas Hold'em, as he has found much success playing this game. His identity remained a secret until January of 2011 when he joined PokerStars pro team.
Blom's story involves many crushing lows and exhilarating highs. It's not uncommon to hear that he gained or lost millions of dollars overnight. However, at only twenty-four years of age, great things are expected from Blom in the future as he's suspected to be a poker legend in the making.
Viktor Blom entered the world in September of 1990 near Gothenburg, Sweden. He was the youngest of three siblings, having two older sisters and one older brother named Sebastian. Viktor Blom learned how to play No-limit Texas Hold'em from his older brother when he was just 14 years old, leaving his brother impressed by how quickly he picked up on the game.
Blom enjoyed playing poker so much that he gathered a group of friends to play for a $5 buy-in during their lunch breaks at school. At one point, over twenty-five students were regularly with him.
Around the time of his next birthday, Blom and his brother decided to set up an account at an online poker site. Early on they placed fifth at a multi-table tournament, winning them $300 which was a lot of money for them at the time.
Eventually Blom's brother set him up with his own account at PartyPoker.com under the username Blom90. Blom wasn't afraid to take risks, constantly entering $500 sit-and-go tournaments. Within a few months he had won over $275,000 playing online poker. Blom kept taking risks, playing at higher and higher stakes each time. He eventually depleted his entire bankroll, devastating him and causing him to take a long break from poker.
Online Poker Career
After taking about a year off, Blom came back full force reactivating his account at PartyPoker.com. It only took him two days to multiply his deposit of $2500 into over $200,000, and at the two week mark he had reached $1.7 million in total profit. After those initial two weeks though, he didn't have a lot of success so he left to find a new site.
This is when Blom found Full-tilt Poker and truly started to draw other player's attention. His username was Isildur1, and he quickly started playing against well-known poker professionals like Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius, meanwhile leaving his true identity a secret.
Re-raises and large bluffs were a huge part of his very aggressive strategy. In 2008, Blom under the screen name Isildur1 was nominated in the Scandinavian Poker Awards for the rookie of the year award. Blom refused to show up though in fear that his identity might leak to the United States.
Blom would often win and lose millions of dollars in just a matter of days, always taking high risks along the way. Blom even challenged Phil Ivey, a renowned poker player, to a No-Limit Hold'em match where he incurred a lot of over $3,000,000. Despite his feat, Blom was honored to know that Ivey stated in an interview that Isildur1 was the most challenging opponent he has ever had.
Blom went face to face with Tom Dwan, one of the top online Heads-Up Hold'em players, in a week long tournament that was played across six consecutive tables. By the end of the week, Blom had gone on the largest run in the history of online poker, winning approximately $4 million and leaving Dwan speechless.
On December 8th, 2009 Blom took his biggest blow yet when he lost against Brian Hastings during a round of No-limit Omaha, costing him a total of 4.2 million dollars which was the largest loss in all of online poker history. It was later discovered that Hastings along with several other players had shared information leaking Blom's most used strategies and techniques which is probably how Hastings won the game.
PokerStars offered Blom a sponsorship in exchange for him to help them launch a four-table tournament game of No Limit Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha named, "Superstar Showdown," which was open to anyone at the stakes of $50/$100 for 2,500 hands.
After Blom and PokerStars reached an agreement, Blom's identity was released, and the world now knew that Viktor Blom was the face of Isildur1. Blom couldn't hide anymore, so he actually started attending live tournaments. Early in 2012, at PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, he won the first live tournament of his career at just over 1.25 million dollars.
Viktor Blom is a very private person, so not much information has been leaked about his personal life. So, all we know is that his opponents say that contrary to his aggressive play style, he has a vibrant personality and a true love for the game. They also say that Blom has a great sense of humor, making playing against him a very exciting experience.
Author: Nicole Miller
Updated: August 2016