Isildur1 Revealed as Viktor Blom

Viktor Blom
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom

After 13 months of rumors and hearsay, Isildur1 was officially confirmed to be Viktor Blom on Saturday night.

Blom, who became a Team PokerStars Pro in December while still under the Isildur1 alias, was revealed as the notorious online high stakes player when he took his seat in a $10,000 promotional 100-hand heads-up match against Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.

The 20-year-old Swede was nonchalant about finally confirming what many hailed as the worst kept secret of the poker world.

“I think a lot of people have known for a long time who I really am, so it didn’t make a big difference to me,” said Blom.

Isildur1 took the poker world by storm in the fall of 2009 when he played several of the biggest hands in the history of online poker against the likes of Tom Dwan, Brian Hastings, Patrik Antonius and Phil Ivey.

Known in the poker community for his reckless play Blom famously appeared on Full Tilt Poker, spun his roll up to over $5 million with huge wins against Dwan and Ivey but then lost it all and more, mainly to Hastings.

Blom joins a team of world-class players including Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Vanessa Rousso and Grospellier.

“I think I’m the best online heads-up No-Limit Hold’em player in the world but I’m looking forward to learning a lot from the other Team pros and helping them with their games, too,” he said.

Blom went on to say that he particularly had a large amount of respect for Negreanu and Norwegian teammate Pro Johnny Lodden.

With his identify officially out in the open, Blom said he had plans to play more European Poker Tour events in the future.

He also plans to continue his 2,500-hand SuperStar Showdown matches on PokerStars. Blom has already recorded two matches with one loss against Isaac Haxton and a win against Tony G.

When asked what helped improve his game the most, Blom could only laugh.

“Nothing,” he said. “I just lose a lot and that helps me learn.”

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