The Swedish high stakes poker pro Viktor Blom, best known online as “Isildur1,” is no longer part of Team PokerStars. As of this week, Blom was no longer listed on the pro roster on PokerStars.
Up until 2009, Blom’s identity had been kept a mystery to the poker community but his infamy as Isildur1 was growing as he was known for playing at the nosebleed tables on Full Tilt at the time against the likes of Phl Ivey, Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Patrik Antonius. Isildur1 was a star and attraction on Full Tilt Poker for the railbirds.
Rumours began circulating a year later about Isildur1’s true identity as Viktor Blom, but his alter ego was only officially revealed at the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure where it was also announced that he would join the Team PokerStars roster.
There was no significant reason given for the split but it appears to have been a mutual decision between Blom and PokerStars. Blom was quoted saying, “I’ve enjoyed my time as a Team Pro and I wish everyone at PokerStars the best. Now I just want to concentrate on playing poker.”
Some speculate that Blom could possibly join the Full Tilt roster once the company re-opens, the site where his celebrity status originated on, (even though it would essentially be like being part of the same company since Full Tilt is now owned and managed by PokerStars).
Blom has had incredible success in both online and land based poker where he dominated the high stakes games online, went through million dollar swings daily, and took part in the 10 largest pots in online poker history, winning four of them for a combined $3.5 million. He has also won a number online tournaments including winning two PokerStars SCOOP events in the same year.
Blom’s live poker success has seen him win $1.25 million at a PCA High roller event as well as several notable cashes at WSOP and EPT events.