Online Poker

Isildur1 Still in Business

by Omar

Though online poker in the United States is effectively on a permanent hiatus for at least the near future, around the world, as they say, the beat goes on, as the top European players are still involved in heavy action against the other “rest of world” opposition. 
Over the better part of a year, no player has captured the imagination of online poker fans quite like Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.  After rising to superstardom on Full Tilt Poker, Blom was snatched up by PokerStars and quickly became more popular than ever.  In competing in a promotion devoted to himself, the SuperStar Showdown, Blom took on anyone who dared to challenge him, professional or amateur alike.  This past Sunday marked the first, post Black Sunday matchup for Blom and though the American contingent was noticeably missing from the rails, there were still scores of players from outside the US railing the action. 
In this go-around, Blom took on an online qualifier from Poland known as “Mastermixus”.  In past installments of the Showdown, there was no additional prize on the line for the winner.  However, for this contest, there was a prize of $10,000 awaiting the player who managed to completely stack his opponent.
Early on, the two players seemed to be feeling each other out, however, Mastermixus took the first all-in pot when his bottom two pair snapped off Blom’s King high bluff attempt. A short while later, Blom’s pocket Aces took down the qualifier’s pocket Jacks for the next all-in pot and they were back to about even. Perhaps feeling a bit over his head, Mastermixus seemed to be shell-shocked after losing a big hand and requested a five-minute break to gather himself.  After that, he was visibly flustered as Blom hammered away, winning 51 of the next 60 hands played. He was however, able to win a number of the larger contested pots and at the 1,500 hand mark had a lead of over $3,500. However, Blom stormed back, taking advantage of his opponent’s passivity and when it concluded, Blom had won the match by $1,279.  His opponent meanwhile seemed content with winning the remaining $13,721 of his Showdown bankroll. 
The win makes Blom 7-2 in career Showdowns and as of now, it is unknown who his next victim will be.  The only thing for certain is that it will not be against an American player.

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