Blom! Isildur1 Wins $100k PCA High Roller

Viktor Blom
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom.

Online poker superstar Viktor "Isildur1" Blom has the new year in poker off to a blockbuster start with a win in the $100k High Roller event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure today at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

Feared for his online prowess but 0-for-his-career in live tournaments, Blom outlasted 30 of the best and most experienced live players in the world to take home $1,254,400 and the prestigious $100k title.

Coming into the day in the middle of the pack of the final eight, Blom held steady until the money bubble burst at five players before taking control and busting all of the remaining players.

Daniel Negreanu in fifth ($250,990), Jonathan Duhamel in fourth ($313,600) and Galen Hall in third ($470,400) all fell at the hand of Isildur before he steamrolled runner-up Dan Shak ($846,700) to seal the win.

An online poker icon already, Team PokerStars pro Blom picked an impressive first live tournament to win with an agonizingly tough field.

Along with the above, players making the final eight but missing out on the money today were Scott Seiver, who was the unfortunate bubble boy, Mike "Timex" McDonald and Humberto Brenes.

Playing the event but busting out before the final table were Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Isaac Haxton and 2011 Bluff Player of the Year Eugene Katchalov, just to name a few.

The final five and their payouts, courtesy of the PokerStars blog:

1. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom $1,254,400

2. Dan Shak $846,700

3. Galen Hall $470,400

4. Jonathan Duhamel $313,000

5. Daniel Negreanu $250,990

Duhamel was the only one of the cashing players (and one of only two overall - Bill Perkins was the other) to originally bust out but take advantage of the rebuy option, cutting his profit down to just over $100k.

Reigning PCA main event champ Hall also still has a chance to defend his title as the 2012 main event just got underway today with Day 1a. He'll play Day 1b tomorrow.

For a recap of all of today's action and to follow the live updates for the main event, visit the PokerStars blog.

Check the PL news section later for a recap of Day 1a.

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