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Sebastian Blom Scores First EPT Cash
Sebastian Blom, older brother of superstar Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, has never cashed in a European Poker Tour event, until now.
In fact, a quick search of the usual tournament result resources reveals that the elder Blom has never cashed in a live poker tournament.
All that changed yesterday when the money bubble broke at the 2011 EPT London main event.
Blom, who specializes in Pot-Limit Omaha cash games, only plays a handful of tournaments a year, and readily admits that while he does enjoy himself, No-Limit Hold’em MTTs are not his forte.
“I don’t feel any nerves when I play these EPTs but I do know that most of the other players here have more experience playing live tournaments so I’m at a bit of a disadvantage,” Blom told PokerListings.com.
“I’ve played maybe ten EPTs and Barcelona this year was the first time I’ve ever made a Day 2,” he added.
“But I’m learning every day.”
At time of publishing there are 32 left in the EPT London main event and Blom is still alive with 260,000 in chips. He’s guaranteed a £16,000 payday but, just like everyone still in, he only has eyes for the £750,000 waiting for the eventual winner.
While Blom’s live tournament record is undeveloped, he has made a six-figure score playing No-Limit tournament poker.
In 2010 he won the Swedish Online Poker Championship hosted by Sweden’s state-run online poker room Svenska Spel. Blom pocketed $146,000 for that victory.
In addition to the prize money he also scored a sponsorship with the Swedish gambling giant.
Blom told PokerListings he was introduced to poker by his friends six years ago and has been playing professionally for the last three.
Like so many young poker pros, Blom would rather not think about the route his life could have taken if not for poker.
“I’ve always been very competitive and when I was young I wanted to be a pro soccer player but that wasn’t going to happen,” he said.
“It’s kind of scary to think about what I’d be doing if I wasn’t playing poker.”
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