Nickname: "Isildur1" / "blom90"
Date of birth: September 26, 1990
Tournament winnings throughout the career: over 2 880 000$
Best result: 1 254 400$ (1st place in Super High Roller Event at the PCA 2012 for 100 000$)
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom is considered a poker legend. For the first time his name, or rather - nickname, appeared at the poker arena in the fall of 2009 at Full Tilt Poker room. For about a year everyone wondered who was hiding under the mask of Isildur1, playing (and winning) at high stakes (500$ / 1 000$) with the most famous online high rollers, including Phil "RaiseOnce" Ivey, Tom "Durrrr" Dwan, Patrik Antonius and others.
At the end of 2010, Isildur joined PokerStars team and became the first PokerStars Team Pro without a name - it was replaced by already known nickname "Isildur1".
In the poker community there have been rumors that young Swedish - Victor Blom could be hiding under the nickname of "Isildur", but the player’s identity was officially exposed on the 8th of January, 2011 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
From the mysterious online poker genius, he has turned into a professional high roller with a great reputation and no less great fame. In 2011, the poker world wrote about Viktor Blom more than about any other player. Now he is still one of the most recognizable and revered online poker players and a favorite of the media, even despite Viktor tries to keep his life a secret and almost does not give interviews. Isildur's name often appears in highstakes’ reports. Many guy’s colleagues call him one of the best poker players of our time.
Viktor Blom's success is not so obvious in offline poker. In live tournaments Blom began to appear in 2010. The contract he has signed with PokerStars provided for a more active poker player's game offline. For 8 years of playing Victor has hit the ITM of live tournaments 15 times, twice became a runner-up of the EPT events, and the biggest win came to him with the 1st place in Super High Roller tournament at the PCA 2012 (+1 254 400$).
Viktor Blom has repeatedly participated in different challenges versus famous poker players (mostly in a heads-up format). Thus, he won 500 000$ in a million-dollar standoff against Isaac Haxton and beat Tom Dwan in the sensational Dwan vs Blom Challenge at Full Tilt in 2012. The "durrrr" and "Isildur1" confrontation is still discussed actively by players, and it has almost become a standard of poker battles.
Today Viktor Blom is a successful poker player, whose life isn’t known in detail. He rarely appears offline and actively rolls high-stake cash games at PokerStars. The surprising thing is that "Isildur1" can sometimes be met at the tables of cheaper limits or in inexpensive (by the standards of a player) tournaments.
"Isildur1" at Full Tilt:
"Isildur1" at PokerStars:
Isildur’s account on Twitter (@ViktorBlom)
Viktor Blom’s Instagram (viktorb1om)