The only full-time professional poker player was eliminated early in Unibet’s invite-only eSports Battle Royale IV.
The legendary Viktor “Isildur1” Blom got his aces cracked by Counter-Strike pro Craig “Onscreen” Shannon’s set of fours.
Shannon picked up a £1,000 bounty for busting Blom and got all the way to heads-up play where he was bested by fellow gamer pro Alan “Hotted89” Widmann who took the £5,000 first-place prize.
Forsen Lays Nasty Bad Beat on Thijs
Much of the buzz surrounding Battle Royale IV was related to renowned Hearthstone pros Sebastian “Forsen” Fors and Thijs “Thijs” Moldendijk who both have experience in poker.
As luck would have it Forsen and Thijs actually faced off in arguably the most memorably hand of the tournament.
Moldendijk picked up pocket aces and actually got Fors, who had pocket queens, all-in pre-flop.
Unfortunately for Moldendijk a queen spiked on the flop and that eventually secure the pot for Forsen. Apparently Thijs can’t escape RNG, even when he’s not playing Hearthstone.
Moldendijk busted fifth but Fors turned out to be a force and was chip leader for much of the Sit & Go.
Shannon didn’t win the tournament but he might as well have considering the £1,000 bounty from Viktor Blom and £3,000 second-place prize was nearly equivalent to finishing first.
Just getting the story of busting Isildur1 is probably worth more than the cash.
Meanwhile Blom nearly redeemed himself in the regular £10,000 Battle Royale, which also took place yesterday, getting heads-up with Charlotte Van Brabander.
Brabander eventually beat Blom to take the £5,000 first-place prize while Isildur1 settled for £3,000. It was Brabander's third Battle Royale title.
Now the attention shifts to the Unibet London Main Event, which you can watch live on Twitch over the next week.
Here’s a look at where everyone finished (top 3 places paid):
1. Alan “Hotted89” Widmann (World of Warcraft) - £5,000
2. Craig “onscreen” Shannon (Counter-Strike) - £3,000
3. Sebastian “Forsen” Fors (Hearthstone) - £2,000
4. Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey (Counter-Strike)
5. Thijs “Thijs” Moldendijk (Hearthstone)
6. Sophia “Djarii” White (WoW, cosplay)
7. Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (Poker)
8. Scott “Sco” McMilan (World of Warcraft)
9. James “JZFB” Bardolph (Counter-Strike)