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Online Poker Star Reveals His True Identity

The identity of online Poker phenomenon “Isildur1” has been revealed during a high-profile live tournament in the Bahamas.

Viktor Blom

Viktor Blom

The 20-year Swedish poker professional, Viktor Blom, has revealed himself to be the mysterious online phenomenon “Isildur1”.

The professional poker player Viktor Blom has used his online persona as “Isildur1” to take the poker world by storm. Since late 2009 his appearances at the most famous high stakes tables against such opposition as Patrik Antonius, Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Brian Townsend, Cole South and Brian Hastings have brought all eyes to focus on the player who was to become known for his aggressive play that has lead him to be a participant in all ten of the largest pots in the history of online poker.

During the early days of his online career, Blom (playing anonymously as “Isildur1”), built up a 1.4 million dollar bankroll from just $2,000 between January and September of 2009. Recently, Blom has stated that he made 2 million dollars from 2 thousand in just two weeks.

The huge amounts he both won and lost in the following months were the result of competing against the world’s best players and not always coming out on top. The “lowlights” of his career during this period include losing $3.2 million to Ivey after a weeks play, and $3 million to Antonius in a single day’s action – the record for the single largest gain and loss in poker history until Blom played poker professional and trainer Brian Hastings in early December 2009; Hastings won $4.2 million in five hours. Controversy surrounded this series of results when it was revealed that team/mates Hasting, Townsend and South had shared and analized information on “Isildur1”’s game.

Blom has said, since revealing his identity on 8 January, that “[t]here was no reason” for him to talk to the media, believing that the opportunity to play a game he loved did not mean he had to share his life with the poker press.

“Isdildur1” has been known to play both Pot-Limit Omaha and No-Limit Texas Hold’em but prefers the latter and is most attracted to the personal battles that come as part-and-parcel of the heads-up format. All of Blom’s online appearances have been made playing this way over at least four tables simultaneously. He has recently joined Team PokerStars Pro and has created a new tornament where he invites high stakes players to challenge him in a “SuperStar Showdown.”

Eugene Katchalov wins Super High Roller event

The Ukraine-born North American poker professional Eugene Katchalov has won $1.5 million.

The Super High Roller event held as one of the first tournaments of the PokerStars Carribbean Adventure (PCA) 2011, has concluded with a win for poker professional Eugene Katchalov.

38 players paid the $100,000 buy in for the Super High Roller event, creating a prize pool of just over 3.7 million dollars. Day 2 of the event saw 23 players return and these were whittled down to just seven who came back to the felt. Well-known professionals Daniel Negreanu from Canada, Bryn Kenney and the Costa Rican star Humberto Brenes were amongst these survivors.

The short stack of Andrew Lichtenberger meant he was very quickly eliminated by Negreanu and was soon followed by Sandor Demjan in sixth place – both players missing out on any part of the prize money that would start at $200,000 for the fifth-pace finisher who turned out to be Brenes. The Costa Rican now has lifetime earnings of $5,820,731.

Americans Nick Schulman and Bryn Kenney fell to the heads-up finalists, Negreanu and Katchalov respectively. The remaining $2.5 million in prize money created an epic battle between these two rather successful players. Eventually coming out on top, 29-year-old Katchalov took home the $1.5 million first-place prize that means his lifetime earnings are now up to $6,452,384. The Ukraine-born North American received his first batch of real attention when he became the winner of the largest single prize for a non-championship event in the World Poker Tour (WPT), earning $2,482,605 for his victory in the 2007 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

Even if Negreanu couldn’t manage to win the tournament, the $1 million runner up prize he banked put him back on the top list of all-time earners with $13,995,908, evicting Phil Ivey from the spot on the top of the ranks.

The Super High Roller event was the second official event of the prestigious PCA festival of poker being held at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. The first event, also now over, was a novelty event that combined both fishing and poker. The fishing competition was won by Dana Weeks, an amateur poker player who runs a family fishing-lodge business in British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii Islands. The poker section of the event was won by Minor League baseball pitcher Wade Townsend, whose third place finish in the fishing meant he claimed the overall crown.

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