WCOOP 2017: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom returns, earns fourth COOP title in Event #58-H ($2,100 HORSE)

Among Viktor "Isildur1" Blom's long list of poker accomplishments are three SCOOP titles, including a million-dollar score in the SCOOP 2013 Main Event. He's been close to adding COOPs of other flavors to his resume on a few occasions, none closer than last year's $2,100 HORSE WCOOP event. The only thing that kept Blom from the win there was eventual champion Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu. This year Blom returned to a Negreanu-less final in the same event and took over its later stages, running over a field of highly accomplished competition en route to his first WCOOP title.

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Viktor Blom now has four COOP titles to his name

Day 1 of this event played down to 18 players, two spots shy of the money. They returned this afternoon led by four-time COOP winner Jussi "calvin7v" Nevanlinna of Finland. Viktor Blom sat in 10th place at that point but did well enough in the early going of Day 2 to enter the final table second in chips - the same position he was in at the same point in this tournament last year.

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Seat 1: Dario "Secret_M0d3" Sammartino (404,059 in chips)
Seat 2: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (1,051,219 in chips)
Seat 3: 7PRS (848,231 in chips)
Seat 4: Laszlo "omaha4rollz" Bujtas (536,771 in chips)
Seat 5: Jussi "calvin7v" Nevanlinna (549,081 in chips)
Seat 6: GlassOfBeer (548,728 in chips)
Seat 7: aramesko (764,771 in chips)
Seat 8: aDrENalin710 (1,497,140 in chips)

Though he would dominate long stretches of this final table, Isildur1 didn't fare particularly well over the first hour. He lost a quarter of his chips while six-time COOP winner aDrENalin710, making his third final table apperance of the series, stacked up over 2 million. Returning from the first break, aDrENalin710 also scored the first knockout in a round of 30,000/60,000 Limit Hold'em. The Russian opened with K♦ 6♦ in the cutoff and called Dario "Secret_M0d3" Sammartino's three-bet with A♠ Q♥; Secret_M0d3 got in with top pair on the T♣ 4♦ A♦ flop but turned a flush to send the SCOOP 2016 High Roller champ to the rail in eighth.

Two hands later the game had switched to 35,000/70,000 Omaha Hi/Lo and both Isildur1 and Laszlo "omaha4rollz" Bujtas, a past SCOOP and WCOOP champ with second- and third-place finishes among his five previous WCOOP 2017 cashes, called a raise to 70,000 by TCOOP 2016 Razz champ aramesko. aramesko checked the T♦ 7♥ 2♠ flop and got out of the way after Isildur1 (with A♣ J♠ J♥ 3♥) led out and omaha4rollz (with A♠ 7♥ 5♠ 2♣) raised. They put in four bets apiece there before omaha4rollz's remaining chips went in on the J♦ turn, and Isildur1 scooped the pot after the 8♦ river to bust omaha4rollz in seventh.

Winning that pot moved Isildur1 back over the million-chip mark for the first time in nearly an hour. The rest of the O/8 round went just as well for him and he doubled his stack to just over 2 million before the game switched to Razz. At the other end of the chip counts was calvin7v, appearing at a third WCOOP 2017 final table. He survived O/8 with just four big bets and lost half of that just a few hands into Razz - right before being dealt (5♦ A♥) 2♠ on the following hand. He got his chips in there but caught three face cards and a trey the rest of the way; 2012 WCOOP Draw champ 7PRS won the pot with J-T-9-7-5 and calvin7v left in sixth.

That small win boosted 7PRS, who had already booked two runner-up finishes - in 8-Game and HORSE - in five previous WCOOP 2017 cashes, into a tie for second place with aDrENalin710. Both players moved up and down relative to each other as the game changed from Razz to Stud and then Stud Hi/Lo, but they remained ahead of both aramesko and three-time past SCOOP finalist GlassOfBeer when the game changed back to 50,000/100,000 Limit Hold'em. GlassOfBeer fared better during Hold'em than aramesko, who was reduced to just a handful of big bets and relied on split pots to stay alive once the game changed to O/8 again. One last desperate stab at one of those split pots cost aramesko; the Russian player got all-in against GlassOfBeer's A♣ A♠ 4♦ 2♥ and aDrENalin710's A♦ 7♠ 5♣ 2♠ but mucked, exiting in fifth, after aDrENalin710 showed a wheel and a flush to scoop the pot.


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Isildur1 ran out the rest of the O/8 round with wins that boosted his stack over 3 million chips, giving him a stack roughly equal to the other three players' combined. Though play would go on for another hour, he would never again drop more than one big bet below that mark.

The other three players jousted for position throughout the 60,000/120,000 Razz round, with GlassOfBeer pulling slightly ahead of the pack by the end of it. Then the game changed to Stud and 7PRS crippled aDrENalin710 in a heads-up pot. The Canadian check-called bets on third and fourth before check-raising on fifth street with a (x-x) 8♦ 2♣ 3♥ board; aDrENalin710 called the raise and both players, aDrENalin710 with the A♦ and 7PRS with the 9♠, checked sixth street. 7PRS bet again after the river and aDrENalin710, after dipping into the time bank, folded with just a single big bet's worth of chips left. He had the bring-in on the next hand with (3♥ 4♣) 5♠ and paired with the 5♣ on fourth, but 7PRS caught running cards through sixth street for a Broadway straight to eliminate aDrENalin710 in fourth.

With GlassOfBeer and 7PRS in a virtual tie for second place, Isildur1 turned up the aggression and threatened to run away with the title by winning eight consecutive pots. He was at 4 million chips by the time the game changed to Stud Hi/Lo, despite dropping a pot during that level to double GlassOfBeer's stack, and he hit 5 million soon afterward. 7PRS had the bring-in with the 4♥ showing and called when Isildur1 completed to 70,000. 7PRS raised with the A♥ on fourth and Isildur1's board showing (x-x) K♠ A♠; Isildur1 called the raise there and then check-called bets the rest of the way until he showed down (7♦ K♣) K♠ A♠ 7♠ 2♣ (Q♥) for kings and sevens. 7PRS mucked with a pair of fours showing and was left with less than a single bet's worth of chips. The Canadian managed to double that three times but finally lost out after starting with a split pair of fours, falling to Isildur1's club flush in third.

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GlassOfBeer was still hanging on with five big bets and Stud Hi/Lo in play. The Finn made a six-high straight on the final hand of the level to scoop a 1.7-million-chip pot, but then the game changed to 70,000/140,000 Limit Hold'em and everything went Isildur1's way in a hurry. Two hands in he opened with A♠ Q♠ on the button and called GlassOfBeer's re-raise from the big blind; he called bets on every street of the T♦ 2♦ 6♥ 5♥ 6♠ board and won the 1.1-million-chip pot against GlassOfBeer's busted gutshot draw with 9♠ 8♥. They jostled for a few more minutes before Isildur1 won four straight small pots - the last with 9♦ 8♦ for a straight against GlassOfBeer's top pair with T♠ 2♠ - to close out the tournament.

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Congratulations to Viktor Blom, both on earning that elusive first WCOOP title and on doing so in the same tournament where he finished second last year! It's his first cash of WCOOP 2017 - could we see more from him before the series is through?

WCOOP-58-H: $2,100 HORSE results
Entries: 124 (94 entries, 30 re-entries)
Prize pool: $248,000
Places paid: 16

1. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom (Sweden) $60,760
2. GlassOfBeer (Finland) $42,160
3. 7PRS (Canada) $32,240
4. aDrENalin710 (Russia) $22,320
5. aramesko (Russia) $16,120
6. Jussi "calvin7v" Nevanlinna (Finland) $12,400
7. Laszlo "omaha4rollz" Bujtas (Hungary) $9,920
8. Dario "Secret_M0d3" Sammartino (Slovakia) $7,440


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