With 12 of the 27 events leading up to the $100,000 buy-in now in the books, Viktor Blom is the current leader in the points race with 625 earned across three cashes. With a title and two runner. Viktor Blom, born in 1990, is a young poker phenomenon from Sweden who has won and lost countless millions in poker, his winning and losing streaks changing places sometimes in the course of a single day! He has played for some of the biggest pots in the history of online poker.
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The 2020 running of the nosebleed-stakes Super High Roller Bowl tournament series was moved online to partypoker due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
A total of 29 events will take place as part of the inaugural SHRB Online, which runs from May 23 through June 1 and features buy-ins ranging from $10,000 all the way up to $100,000 marquee event. The series will also award rankings points to those that cash. The player who has accrued the most points after the first 27 tournaments will earn a free seat into the $3,000,000 guaranteed, $100,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em eight-max event.
The series features guaranteed prize pools for all 29 events, with more than $20 million in guaranteed prize money throughout the series. Below is a day-by-day look at the results from events 1 through 12.
Saturday, May 23 saw two $10,300 buy-in no-limit hold’em events with $500,000 guarantees take place, along with a $25,500 buy-in event with a $1,000,000 guarantee. All three events ran over the course of two days, with the champions decided on Sunday, May 24. The first tournament was an eight-max tournament that attracted a total of 76 entries to create a prize pool of $760,000. The largest share of that money was awarded to eventual champion Jans Arends (pictured above, left) of the Netherlands. He took home $216,600 as the first-ever champion of an SHRB Online event. He overcame a stacked final table that included the likes of Ben Heath (2nd – $148,200), Alex Foxen (3rd – $102,600), and 2018 Card Player Player of the Year Jake Schindler (4th – $68,400).
The second event of the series was the $1,000,000 guaranteed $25,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em eight-max super high roller. With 54 entries the guarantee was surpassed by $350,000. In the end, it was American Christopher Hunichen (pictured above, center) who emerged victorious, earning $479,250 after defeating Viktor ‘Islidur1’ Blom heads-up for the title. Blom took home $320,625 as the runner-up, a score that he backed up with a number of other big cashes later on in the week. Canadian high-roller regulars Daniel Dvoress (6th – $67,500) and Timothy Adams (7th – $57,375) both secured their first final-table finishes of the series in this event as well.
The third and final event that kicked off on day 1 was another $10,300 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament. The $500,000 guarantee was beaten by $90,000 when 59 entries were made. Sergi Reixach (pictured above, right) came out on top, earning $191,750 after outlasting Mike Watson heads-up (2nd – $129,800).
Event 1 – $10,300 NLH 8-Max Final Table
Event 2 – $25,500 NLH 8-Max Final Table
Event 3 – $10,300 NLH 8-Max Final Table
|8||Jonathan van Fleet||$22,125|
The second flight of events kicked off on Sunday, May 24 and then saw their champions decided the following evening. Event 4 was the first $10,300 buy-in six-max no-limit hold’em event. With 106 total entries, the tournament more than doubled its $500,000 guarantee to create a final prize pool of $1,060,000. Mikalai Vaskaboinikau (pictured above, left) was awarded $293,090 as the eventual champion after he topped a tough final table that included Kristen Bicknell (2nd – $185,500), 2020 Poker Masters Online champion Alexandros Kolonias (3rd – $127,200), and Alex Foxen (5th – $66,250). This was Foxen’s second final table of the series.
The second $25,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em event of the series also featured a six-max format. With 71 total entries, the $1,000,000 guarantee was outstripped by $775,000. Daniel Dvoress (pictured above, center) was the last player standing, defeating a star-studded final table to earn $613,987. Andras Nemeth, who has been one of the hottest players in the online high-stakes tournament world in recent months, cashed for $399,375 as the runner up. High roller regulars Fedor Holz (3rd – $213,000), Mikita Badziakouski (4th – $159,750), Dan Smith (5th – $115,375) and Nick Petrangelo ($79,875) all made their first final table appearances in this event.
The final event that got underway on May 24 was another $10,3000 buy-in no-limit hold’em six-max tournament. As with the other two events of the day, the guarantee was easily surpassed, with $830,000 in total prize money awarded in the $500,0000 guaranteed tournament. Canadian World Series of Poker bracelet winner Pascal Lefrancois (pictured above, right) came out on top, earning $259,629 after defeating Alex Foxen (2nd – $161,850) heads-up for the win. This was Foxen’s third final-table finish of the series. Dan Smith (3rd – $99,600), Nick Petrangelo (4th – $72,625), and Christopher Hunichen (6th - $35,275) all earned their second final-table showings in this event.
Event 4 – $10,300 NLH 6-Max Final Table
Event 5 – $25,500 NLH 6-Max Final Table
Event 6 – $10,300 NLH 6-Max Final Table
The seventh event of the series was a $500,000 guaranteed $10,300 buy-in no-limit hold’em eight-max event. With 90 entries, the final prize pool soared to $900,000. Luuk Gieles (pictured above, left) of the Netherlands emerged victorious in the end, defeating American George Wolff (2nd – $166,500) heads-up for the title. It was Wolff’s second final-table finish of the series. Jonathan van Fleet (6th – $45,000), Mikita Badziakouski (7th – $36,000), and John O’Shea (8th – $31,500) were all also at their second final table of this SHRB festival.
The third $1,000,000 guaranteed event of the series was another $25,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em eight-max tournament. The strong turnout of 68 entries meant that the prize pool swelled to $1,700,000. As a result, Dan Smith (pictured above, center) took home a healthy payday of $527,000 as the eventual winner. Smith defeated event #2 runner-up Viktor Blom heads-up for the title. The Swede earned $365,500 for his latest deep run. Alex Foxen secured $119,000 as the fifth-place finisher. This was his fourth final-table showing so far this series.
The ninth event of this series was another $500,000 guaranteed $10,300 buy-in no-limit hold’em eight-max tournament. There was a total of 75 entries to create a prize pool of three-quarters of a million dollars. The ultimate champion in this event was none other than Viktor Blom (pictured above, right), who finished runner-up in event 8 on this very same day. Blom earned $213,750 for the win after defeating Christoph Vogelsang (2nd – $146,250) heads-up for the title. George Wolff (4th – $67,500) and Dan Smith (8th – $26,250) earned their third final-table finishes, while Kristen Bicknell (5th – $52,500) secured her second.
Event 7 – $10,300 NLH 8-Max Final Table
|6||Jonathan van Fleet||$45,000|
Event 8 – $25,500 NLH 8-Max Final Table
Event 9 – $10,300 NLH 8-Max Final Table
Events 10-12 on the schedule all featured six-max formats. Event 10 was another $500,000 guaranteed, $10,3000 buy-in tournament. A turnout of 77 entries created a final prize pool of $770,000, with the lion’s share of that money going to eventual champion Vicent Bosca (pictured above, left). He earned $240,861 after defeating Matthias Eibinger (2nd – $150,150) heads-up for the title. Event 7 champion Luuk Gieles finished third for $92,400.
The $1,000,000 guaranteed $25,500 buy-in event of the day attracted 72 total entries, creating a $1.8 million prize pool. The top payout of $622,634 was ultimately awarded to three-time WSOP champion Justin Bonomo (pictured above, center). He defeated Artur Martirosian (2nd – $405,000) heads-up for the win.
The final six-max tournament of the day was the $500,000 guaranteed $10,3000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event. The 69-entry turnout created a $690,000 prize pool. partypoker Ambassador Ludovic Geilich (pictured above, right) triumphed over Alexandros Kolonias (2nd – $155,250) to earn the title and the top prize of $238,677 as the champion. This was Kolonias’ second final-table finish of the series.
Event 10 – $10,300 NLH 6-Max Final Table
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Blackjack vs spanish 21. Event 11 – $25,500 NLH 6-Max Final Table
Event 12 – $10,300 NLH 6-Max Final Table
|6||Jonathan van Fleet||$31,050|
With 12 of the 27 events leading up to the $100,000 buy-in now in the books, Viktor Blom is the current leader in the points race with 625 earned across three cashes. With a title and two runner-up finishes, Blom has accrued $899,875 in earnings so far this series. Dan Smith sits in second with $768,225 in cashes and 511 points across four cashes, while Daniel Dvoress’ $704,287 and 432 points is good for third place. Below is a look at the top ten on the points leaderboard heading into the later portion of the series.
Towards the end of 2009, a mysterious Isildur1 played the online Full Tilt tables and sent shockwaves through the poker community. Within a few days, he was playing against some of the biggest names in the poker world, and playing at the highest stakes available.
Soon, the world found out the man behind Isildur1 – Viktor Blom. This young Swedish poker player has definitely made it to the poker elites, dominating opponents at both live and online poker tables.
Viktor Blom was born in Sweden in 1990. He discovered the game of poker when he was 14-years-old through his brother. Blom’s brother taught him the basic rules of poker and how to play Texas No Limit when Blom was in junior high school.
After learning how to play poker, Blom decided to teach some of his friends. Eventually, he and his friends would play against each other in friendly games for small stakes. At school, Blom would participate at poker games with buy-ins ranging from US$3 to US$7 that were held during breaks. Blom recalls that games during lunchtime would attract as much as 25 players.
When he was 15 years old, Blom and his brother decided to deposit money at an online poker site. The first online poker game that they entered was a multi-table tournament, where they managed to finish in 5th place for US$300. Blom considered this to be a huge win back then. After a few games, Blom’s brother decided to set up a separate account so that he and Blom could play individually. This was when Blom90 was born.
Before he became the infamous Isildur1, Blom started out as Blom90 on the iPoker Network. He started with US$2,000 – which was his only money at that time. He decided that if he would lose that amount, he would leave poker and do something else. He chose multi-tabling Heads Up No Limit Hold’em and played just about every single game that offered multi-tabling action.
After several weeks, he conquered every level and ended up with a bankroll of US$2 million. At the time, he was playing US$100 to US$200 buy-ins daily, and could take as much as 15 hours doing nothing else but playing. In only a few short months, Blom became the biggest winner at four different European online poker sites.
Isildur1 first appeared at the online tables of Full Tilt Poker on September 2009. For two months he was largely unnoticed, but then he started to get into tables that featured Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, Brian Townsend, and Cole South. Isildur1 was playing at stakes as high as US$500 and US$1000.
Isildur1 began the largest run in the history of online poker, by winning approximately US$4 million from Dwan. After losing, Dwan challenged Isildur1 to play live at the Full Tilt Poker Durrrr Million Dollar Challenge.
Isildur1 reached a career peak in November when his total winnings amounted to US$5.98 million. But after a few days, he ended up dropping millions of dollars when he lost US$1,356,946.50 to Patrick Antonius.
After that loss, Isildur1 quickly fell apart and lost a US$4.2 million more to Brian Hastings. Later on, it came to light that Brian Townsend, Cole South, and Brian Hastings had been discussing about the best poker hands, tactics, and strategies that might work against the mysterious Isildur1. Brian Townsend went as far as purchasing a large set of hands involving “Isildur1” from an online tracking site, which was against Full Tilt terms and conditions. As a result, Townsend lost some of his privileges as a sponsored Full Tilt Poker player for 30 days.
At the end of 2009, Isildur1 finished with US$2.2 million on Full Tilt Poker.
Many poker fans waited around for the return of Isildur1 at the best online poker sites, but there were only a few “Isildur1” sightings on the online community in early 2010. At this point, there were so many rumours about who he could be, and other aliases he could be using.
In late 2010, PokerStars sent shockwaves in the poker world when it announced that Isildur1 had become the newest member of PokerStars Pro. For a few months, Isildur1 was seen playing at PokerStar’s Superstar Showdown. Many pros like Isaac Haxton and Tony G went online to try to battle Isildur1. Haxton won, but Tony G lost.
PokerStars then announced that the identity of Isildur1 would be revealed at the 2011 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure. True enough, Isildur1 showed up and the world got to see Viktor Blom in live poker action.
Since signing with PokerStars in 2011, Blom has been seen in many prestigious live poker tournaments. His biggest live poker win came only a year later in January 2012 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. It was there that he won the first live tournament of his career for US$1,254,400.
Several months after his huge win, Blom announced that he would no longer be part of Team PokerStars. He was quickly signed by Full Tilt Poker on October 2012 and has since represented the brand alongside rival high-stakes player Tom Durrrr Dwan.
Here are some fun facts about Viktor Blom that you may not know about:
1) Blom played soccer in school and still loves the game.
2) Blom once played massive sessions with Tom Durrrr Dwan where Blom won US$3 million. Blom described that they could be playing up to 18 hours straight, sleep, and then continue.
3) The “Rise and Fall of Isildur1” was on nearly every poker top stories of 2009 list, including those of PokerNewsDaily.com, pokerlistings.com, PokerNews.com, and Cardplayer.
4) Isildur1 was supposed to reveal his identity in April 2012 at the PartyPoker's Big Game IV, but he backed out just a few days before the event.
5) When Blom started learning poker, he claims he never read poker books, forums, or discussions. He said, “I always felt I was good and have always wanted to improve, so I just held on to that all the time.”
6) When asked why he stayed anonymous for so long, Blom replied: “My life was good. I had a million-dollar flat that was amazing and I could hang out with my childhood friends and girlfriend. Life was just good at that time and I couldn’t ask for anything more.” He added that he decided to turn to live poker because he needed a new challenge and that he wanted to improve his game, because “things had changed and people weren’t willing to play Heads Up No Limit Hold’em on the internet as much as before.”
7) When asked if he was amused by the speculations about his identity as Isildur1, Blom answered: “No, I wasn’t. I was young, and I felt I didn’t need it, and I hated media.”
8) When asked about how he felt when he lost around US$5 million in 2009, Blom answered: “Not good the way it went down, but I still felt OK and could do some other things in life that I enjoyed, and after a little while, I didn’t think about it much.”
Blom’s style of play can be described as unrelenting and super aggressive. He is known for barrelling and over-betting at the poker table, with a good balance of bluffs and value bets.
But Blom’s greatest strengths can also become his great weaknesses. His aggression led him to play nine tables at once against some very talented pros like professional player Phil Ivey, Brian Hastings, Patrik Antonius, and Tom Durrrr Dwan. As mentioned earlier, Blom lost US$4.2 million to Brian Hastings in a single session – which is the largest amount lost in a single day in the entire history of online poker.
According to the latest figures in The Hendon Mob Poker Database, Viktor Blom winnings from live poker is estimated at US$1,721,834. This places him in 12th place at Sweden’s All Time Money List, and 740th for the All Time Money List. His best rank for the All Time Money List was 517th.
He is also in 47th place for Popularity Ranking.
Blom has won numerous live and online tournaments in his professional poker career. He also has a Full Tilt Poker sponsorship deal which likely sees him paid in the high six figures every year. Given all of his steady profits and sponsorship deals, Poker-King.com estimates Viktor Blom worth at approximately US$5 million.
Viktor Blom Poker
Although much of his winnings come from online poker tournaments, Viktor Blom also has participated in prestigious live tournaments.
World Series of Poker
Blom boasts three World Series of Poker cashes. His first event was the WSOP Europe Main Event which was held in London in 2010. Blom finished in 16th place and received £33,582 in prize money. He also did well in 2012, where he participated in two Vegas events. He placed at the $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed event for US$2,706. Shortly after, Blom participated at the $50,000 Poker Players Championship where he finished in 14th place for US$105,235.
Here are his WSOP cash prizes in review:
|Year||Event||Place||Prize (in USD and GBP)|
|2012||$50,000 Poker Players Championship||14th||$105,235|
|2010||WSOPE London £10,000 Main Event||16th||£33,582|
|2012||$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Six Handed||151st||$2,706|
European Poker Tour
As a poker player living in London, Blom regularly played at many of the big European tournaments. At the 2012 European Poker Tour PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Blom participated in the US$100,000 Super High Roller event and defeated Dan Shack for the first prize win. He collected a total of more than US$1 million in winnings.
That same year, Blom scored three more cashes at various EPT events. He won a total of €13,400 when he finished in second place at the €5,000 Heads-Up event in EPT Deauville. He also won €29,700 when he finished in seventh place at the €10,000 8 Max Re-Entry event in EPT Berlin.
Blom wrapped up 2012 with another win at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. He finished in seventh place at the €10,000 6 Max Turbo High Roller event for €28,700.
Here are his EPT cash prizes in review:
Viktor Blom Perfume
|Year||Event||Place||Prize (in USD and EUR)|
|2012||PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller||1st||$1,254,400|
|2012||Deauville €5,000 Heads-Up||2nd||€13,400|
|2012||Berlin €10,000 8 Max Re-Entry||7th||€29,700|
|2012||Grand Final, Monte Carlo €10,000 6 Max Turbo High Roller||7th||€28,700|
Here is a list of Viktor Blom’s most notable career highlights. His biggest wins so far were in 2012. On January 2012, he won US$1,254,400. A couple of months later in May 2012, he won US$247,200.
Viktor Blom Poker
|Date||Event||Buy-in (in USD)||Place||Total Winnings (in USD)|
|Jan 07, '12||Event 1 - No-Limit Hold'em Super High Roller 8 Max (2012 PokerStars.com Caribbean Adventure)||$100,000||1st||$1,254,400|
|May 06, '12||SCOOP-02-M: $215 No-Limit Hold'em (PokerStars)||$200||1st||$247,200|
|May 02, '14||€10,300 No-Limit Hold'em Six Max (EPT Season X - Monte Carlo Grand Final)||$14,293||2nd||$180,214|
|May 07, '12||SCOOP-03-H: $530+R No-Limit Hold'em Six Max (PokerStars)||$500||1st||$160,000|
|Jun 28, '12||Event 45 - $50,000 The Poker Players Championship (2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker)||$50,000||14th||$105,235|
|Sep 29, '10||WSOPE No-Limit Hold'em Championship (2010 World Series of Poker Europe - London)||$14,796||16th||$52,654|
|Apr 21, '12||Event 14 - No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry (Eight Max) (2012 EPT Berlin)||$13,073||7th||$38,828|
|May 01, '12||Event 36 - No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Turbo Six Max (2012 EPT Grand Final - Monte Carlo)||$13,203||7th||$37,891|
|Mar 16, '13||Main Event (2013 EPT/UKIPT London)||$7,524||44th||$18,810|
|May 10, '12||SCOOP -12-H: $2100 PL Omaha Heads-Up (PokerStars)||$2,000||5th||$18,408|
|Feb 04, '12||Event 19 - No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up 32 Player Cap (2012 PokerStars.com EPT Deauville)||$6,576||2th||$17,623|
|Mar 29, '14||€5,300 No-Limit Hold'em (EPT Season X - Vienna)||$7,301||76th||$14,697|
|Apr 05, '11||Super Tuesday (PokerStars)||$1,000||11th||$5,505|
|Jun 09, '12||Event 16 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed (2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker)||$1,500||151th||$2,706|
This information was taken from cardplayer.com.