For the past 18 months the online poker community has been discussing rumours about the true identity of a player known only as “Isildur1” but now they do not have to investigate any further as it was officially announced that Isildur1 is Viktor Blom.
Blom is a 20-year old Swedish national who has recently moved to London, many believe for taxation reasons, who mainly played on European-only online poker sites under the moniker “Blom90” or variations of it but in September 2009 he suddenly appeared on the online poker room () Full Tilt Poker, a site that offers its services to American customers. Usually a new player on a particular poker site is not big news but Isildur1’s arrival was big new because he sat down and played all the biggest names at the highest stakes available, $500/$1,000!
At the heads-up No Limit Hold’em tables Isildur1 literally destroyed everyone in his path, including arguably the best online poker player, Tom “durrrr” Dwan. Not only did he beat Dwan over a significant number of hands, he beat him for $4,500,000, something nobody has done before or since. However, his willingness to play the highest stakes of heads-up Pot Limit Omaha proved to be his downfall and he started to lose heavily, and all the sharks came out into his waters for a piece of him.
Then on December 8, 2009 disaster struck for Isildur1. His day started superbly, taking $471,000 from Daniel “jungleman12” Cates and $722,000 from Brian “sbrugby” Townsend but in a session he played against Brian “stinger88” Hastings later in the day he completed exploded! Over the course of 2,858 hands the mystery Swede lost a staggering $4,200,000 to his opponents, completely emptying his account and rumoured to have busted his entire bankroll!
Since then there has been little sighting of Isildur1 until recently when he signed a sponsorship deal with PokerStars, a site that he personally said in an interview at his unveiling is the “best online poker room (http://www.ilogogaming.com/pokerrooms.html).” His identity was confirmed at the current PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, a poker festival sponsored by PokerStars.com. Although he is not known for his online poker room reviews, few will argue with his comments regarding PokerStars and those involved with them.
Although Isildur1 has dropped down in stakes from his $500/$1,000 days, he can still be found playing the highest stakes available on PokerStars, usually $100/$200 and $200/$400, still in the hyper-aggressive style that made railbirds fall in love with him!