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SCOOP 2012: Isildur1's "Eureka!" moment

Viktor Blom is not an easy man to track down. I've known this for a long time. The media stalked him as Isildur1 for months. When it came time to cop to his identity, I still had to walk halfway across an island and find him in the back of a bar. He's wily. He's elusive. Twitter's @bigacsiga suggested I look in the toilet, or just wait for him to get back to the cash games. And that was really the point, wasn't it? Viktor Blom is a cash game...more

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SCOOP 2012: The Viktor "Isildur1" Blom chronicles


If Viktor "Isildur1" Blom were literally on fire, it wouldn't be as surprising as his 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker performance. If he were running around with smoke pouring from his wonderfully messy Swedish hair, it wouldn't shock us as much as what's happened over the last couple of...more

SuperStar Showdown: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom wins $1 million match over Isaac Haxton


Try to absorb the raw numbers. It took 5,030 hands for Viktor "Isildur1" Blom to win half a million dollars cash from Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton. In total, they played for just about 12 hours over three days. Blom earned more than $40,000 an hour for his work. Blom is 21...more

SuperStar Showdown: Haxton comes back to edge Blom again


If the online rail of the SuperStar Showdown was a Greek chorus, this would've been Tuesday's song: "Either you weather the storm, or you don't. That's life." It was an axiom delivered by a railbird named skllzdatklls just before the world's poker community watched a bloody, eye-gouging brawl that saw...more

SuperStar Showdown: Stormy weather strands Haxton, suspends match


After a 36-week hiatus, the SuperStar Showdown was set to return with a bang this afternoon. Isaac "philivey2694" Haxton, Viktor Blom's very first challenger (and the only net winner against him in Showdown matches) was back for another 2,500 hands at double the stakes. Only this time, rather than playing...more

SuperStar Showdown: Hail the Viktor, Blom bests "urnotindangr" for $61K over 5K hands


For the fourth straight week, PokerStars' resident heads-up warrior Viktor "Isildur1" Blom was back in action for another SuperStar Showdown, this time to continue his two-round match with the formidable Scott "urnotindangr" Palmer. And after another efficient session lasting just over four-and-a-half hours, Viktor was the victor yet again, besting...more

SuperStar Showdown: Round one goes to "urnotindangr" with a $5,245 win over Blom


Of all the opponents he's faced in the SuperStar Showdown thus far, Viktor Blom has probably logged the most hours at the tables with the man who took him on today, nosebleed-stakes fixture Scott "urnotindangr" Palmer. Although the 20 year-old may not be a household name yet, he regularly trades...more

SuperStar Showdown: Blom in danger? We'll see.


Viktor Blom isn't the type of guy who seems like he considers danger. Depending on the day, he's either the Roadrunner or Wile E. Coyote. On neither day, however, does it appear he gives one diddly-damn whether he's in peril. As he told me a couple of months ago over...more

SuperStar Showdown: A resurgent Negreanu breaks Blom's streak, banks $26,500

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Just call him KidComeback. Last week's SuperStar Showdown was nothing less than a disaster for Daniel Negreanu. A terrible run in all-in pots ended with all $150,000 of his challenge bankroll in Viktor "Isildur1" Blom's pockets after only 1,439 hands. What was supposed to be a two-part, 5,000-hand challenge...more

Confirmed: Negreanu vs Isildur1 re-match is on


It's getting a little late here at PokerStars Blog HQ, but this is news that shouldn't have to wait for morning. We've just received word from Daniel Negreanu that he is 100% up for a SuperStar Showdown re-match with Viktor "Isildur1" Blom this coming Sunday. As you might have seen,...more

SuperStar Showdown: Isildur1 vs KidPoker to be a reality


They've been dropping hints for a while. They've whipped the playful banter into a meringue. They've flirted with the idea for so long, people are starting to sing that "Viktor and Daniel sitting in a tree" song. It's time to--if you will--get it on. In news breaking this very moment,...more

SuperStar Showdown: Blom beats qualifier DodgyFish72 by one big blind


In the movies, the underdog wins, the guy gets the girl, and dreams come true despite overwhelming odds. Hollywood loves nothing more than a happy ending and it was only fitting that on Oscar Sunday, an online qualifier held his own against one of the world's best. Cast in the...more

Qualifier DodgyFish72 to face Isildur1


When Viktor "Isildur1" Blom is involved in a match of any sort, people usually start using phrases like "high stakes," "nosebleed," and "OMG." For once, Blom is going to be chilling out a little and giving a PokerStars qualifier a shot at the big time. Sunday at 3pm ET, Blom...more

High-rolling Katchalov next up for Isildur1's SuperStar Showdown


There aren't many people in poker who command the type of respect Eugene Katchalov gets. The man wins WCOOP bracelets. He wins WPT titles. He wins stack of cash on top of stack of cash. It's not even been a full month since Katachalov won the $100,000 Super High Roller...more

Isildur1 and Daniel Cates have a date


If you didn't see this coming, you probably care more about "Dancing with the Stars" than you do online poker. PokerStars has just announced Viktor "Isildur1" Blom's next SuperStar Showdown opponent, none other than Daniel Cates. Whether you know Cates by his PokerStars screen name "'w00ki3z" or another name that...more