High-Stakes Report: Viktor Blom Comes Back with a Bang

Viktor Blom

Like he was at the end of November, SanIker was the most successful player in the first week of December.

The as-yet unidentified German played a lot of 2-7 Triple Draw against Cort Kibler-Melby and again came away with a big profit.

The attention of the railbirds, however, was directed at one Viktor “isildur1” Blom, who returned to the high-stakes tables of his former employer for the first time in weeks.

SanIker Burns the Big Games

Sebastian Ruthenberg
Another bad week for Ruthenberg.

Since early 2013 the unidentified German player SanIker has created a lot of buzz on the highest-stakes online poker tables.

First, he earned himself some respect from the Big Boys like Tom Dwan, Viktor Blom and Phil Ivey in No Limit Hold’em. Now he’s become a threat in 2-7 Triple Draw, too.

Last week he cashed in for $800k which came mostly from thecortster who seems to have lost his grip on the game.

His former roommate Sebastian Ruthenberg faced similar problems as he lost another $266k last week on his Taktloss47 account. His losses for 2014 are now up over $1m.

How different 2014 is for SanIker, though. Up until the summer he was one of the biggest losers of the year but thanks to his upswing in the last couple of weeks he’s now up $600k for the year.

It's somewhat surprising that SanIker’s identity still hasn’t been revealed, but up to now there are nothing but rumors.

King of Swings is Back

After several weeks away, spurred by the end of his professional contract with Full Tilt Poker, Viktor Blom has finally returned to the high stakes tables.

Viktor Blom
He's back.

Last Friday he was back with a bang playing FL08, 2-7 Triple Draw and Mixed Games. All in all, the man the poker world has come to rely on for action sat for over 2,000 hands.

As usual he had a real rollercoaster of a session. He went up $200k only to then lose half a million.

By the end of the week the Swede had generated losses to the tune of $170k.

Not much in the grand scheme of things, but enough tho keep his spot in the top five losing players of 2014.

Biggest Pot of the Week

Last week Phil Ivey and Mikael punting-peddler Thuritz were the protagonists of the biggest hand.

They were playing heads-up again at a Mixed Game table. In this hand the game was PLO and the limits were at $300/$600.

Ivey opened and his Swedish opponent 3-bet to $5,400 so $10k was in the middle before the flop. It came:      

Thuritz kept the initiative and bet $7,200 from first position. Ivey flat-called. The turn was the  . Punting-peddler kept the lead and bet another $10k. Ivey responded again with just a call. The last card on the board was the  

Thuritz fired a third barrel, now $34k, and one more time Ivey made the call only to find out that he was dead on the turn. Thuritz showed


For a full house on the turn. Only the last two nines would have beat Thuritz but these were apparently not in the hand of Phil Ivey. $111k made its way to Thuritz's side of the table.

Biggest Winners of the Week

Losses adding up for Kibler-Melby

  • SanIker: $+813,102
  • AthaCliath, $+363,798
  • Ben Bttech86 Tollerene: $+187,841
  • Kyle KPR16 Ray: $+187,409
  • EireAbu: $+127,312

Biggest Losers of the Week

  • Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby: $-611,562
  • Sebastian taktloss47 Ruthenberg: $-266,083
  • bajskorven: $-188,886
  • Ansky451: $-188,540
  • Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-172,401

Biggest Winners in 2014

  • Alexander PostflopAction Kostritsyn: $+3,357,209
  • Dan jungleman12 Cates: $+2,806,158
  • Mikael Punting-Peddler Thuritz: $+2,333,556
  • Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby: $+1,829,714
  • Niklas Ragen70 Heinecker: $+1,773,557

Biggest Losers in 2014

  • Chun samrostan Lei Zhou: $-6,659,033
  • Gus Hansen: $-5,466,295
  • Julius KagomeKagome Fleischer: $-1,870,176
  • Phil Polarizing Ivey: $-1,796,273
  • Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-1,567,741

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