Viktor “Isildur1” Blom’s entire career has been based around incredible highs and gut-wrenching lows.
Blom experienced an entirely new high this week by winning his first major tournament (fittingly it was the PCA Super High Roller) and winning a massive $1.3 million first place prize.
Of course with every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction and knowing it’s Isildur1 the railbirds are already circling his signature high stakes tables on PokerStars.
If Blom actually deposited the $1.3 million into his PokerStars account that means there’s a good chance he has the biggest bankroll on an online site since taking on Brian Hastings on Full Tilt Poker in the fall of 2009.
We all know how that one ended. The question is: Will he do it again?
With that in mind we’ve compiled a list of five hot online players who stand a good chance of stealing a piece of Isildur1’s gold.
5. Andreas “Skjervoy” Torbergsen
Andreas “Skjervoy” Torbergsen may not be the most well-known player on this list but historically he’s one of the biggest winners against Isildur1.
Torbergsen torched Isildur1 for $612,718 in 9,102 hands on PokerStars so there’s a good chance he would be willing to resume the battle against his Scandinavian rival.
Tempers have flared between the two opponents before with Isildur1 calling Skjervoy a “…stupid ugly nit…” and accusing the Norwegian of hitting and running on several occasions.
4. Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond
Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond did not have the best 2011 and after some pretty heavy swings finished with only $2.5k in profit.
That doesn’t mean Galfond is afraid of playing Isildur1, however. Back in the day Galfond was one of the bigger winners against Blom and even booked a $1.6 million session against the Scandi.
In addition Galfond is one of the few players in online poker who has the bankroll to play the highest stakes.
RaiseOnce is a bit of wildcard in the high stakes games on PokerStars.
Many players believe the account belongs to Phil Ivey but since hitting the high stakes games on PokerStars he’s done nothing but lose.
In just 546 hands over the last few months RaiseOnce has lost a total of $256k.
Phil Ivey and Isildur1 have done battle in the past, however, and there’s no reason why they won’t renew acquaintances over the next few months.
2. Ilari Sahamies
Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies was the biggest winner on PokerStars in 2011 and so far he’s shown no signs of slowing down.
Despite having somewhat similar styles, Ilari Sahamies and Isildur1 have never been the biggest rivals.
Perhaps now that that they both have a considerable amount of money on PokerStars railbirds will finally get what they’ve been waiting for and will see a massive session between Sahamies and Blom.
1. Fake Love888
Outside of Brian Hastings (who Isildur1 simply won’t play anymore) Patrik Antonius was the one player Viktor Blom could not beat.
Antonius famously raked in a $1.3 million pot – the biggest in online poker history – against Isildur1 during the huge 2009 sessions.
Fake Love888 hasn’t exactly lit PokerStars on fire since reactivating his account in late September and has lost over $700k.
Still, Antonius actually has the cash to survive those losses and he’ll likely be hungry to make a big comeback.
If the Fake Love888 is actually Antonius, as is rumored, it’s all but guaranteed the two action-loving players will face off in the near future.