Here's how Viktor Blom made his millions from playing at home
Swedish poker pro Viktor "Isildur1" Blom started playing online during the latter part of 2009, crashing Full Tilt Poker's high-roller matches and challenging numerous high-level professional players. A Swedish native, he began playing poker when he was 14 years old. He soon started playing online when he turned 18. Because Swedish legislation allows the government to take away a huge cut from income generated from online gambling, Viktor Blom transferred to London when he was 21 years old. Although he has been immensely successful in playing on the web, he only has a number of wins from live tournaments, the most notable of which is the title he got in 2012 from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller.
In September of 2009, a Swedish gamer using the alias Isildur1 presented himself on Full Tilt Poker. After a short two months, he became a sensation on the internet. He instantly joined high-stakes matches and faced veteran players like Phil Ivey, Brian Townsend, Tom Dwan and Cole South. When it comes to live tournaments, Viktor Blom has three WSOP cashes. He got one from London in 2010 when he finished at the 16th spot and took home £33,582. Two years ago, he placed 151st in No-Limit Hold'Em-Six Handed event in Las Vegas and earned $2,706. After two weeks, at the $50,000 Poker Players Championship, he finished in 14th place and collected a hefty $105,235 sum. Even though he was a regular in huge European matches, he didn't win a significant title until 2012. At that year's EPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure event, Blom took down Dan Shack and ended up with the $1 million cash prize. Within the year, he earned an additional three cashes from various EPT events.
Viktor Blom is famous for his game performance against several highly-skilled poker players of the world. Two months after he first started playing on the web, he already pocketed $6 million of winnings on top of becoming a poker star. But in an unfortunate turn of events, he quickly lost most of his money within months to Hastings, Antonius and Ivey. After his controversial big loss to Hastings, he decided to lie low for a year.
Isildur1 then partnered with PokerStars, in 2010, to be their representative. He was formally introduced to the public in 2011 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure event, finally putting a face to the legendary Isildur1.