– General Introduction –
Born September 26, 1990 in Sweden, Viktor Blom is better known by his online poker name, Isildur1. In fact, this high-stakes online poker player kept his identity a secret until he joined the PokerStars pro team in January 2011.
Best known for playing aggressively on multiple tables, his favorite games are No Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. As an incredibly unpredictable player, his bankroll often rises and falls quickly and massively. Blom also claims to learn everything he knows by playing, since he refuses to use software or read poker books, forums, or discussions.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2004: He starts playing poker at 14 years old.
- 2007: He starts playing on partypoker with $2,500 and wins over $200,000 in two days, then $1.7 million in 2 weeks.
- 2009: He joins Full Tilt where he plays under his iconic screen name “Isildur1”.
- 2010: His real name gets revealed ahead of the live events at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
- 2012: He finishes first in the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $1,254,400. That is the biggest single live tournament cash of his career to date.
- 2013: He finishes first in the SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) Main Event for $1,096,200 on PokerStars.
- 2015: He becomes the biggest online cash game winner of the year, winning $3,497,000 on Poker Stars.
- 2018: He wins the partypoker MILLIONS Germany €5,300 Main Event for $1,048,153.
– Isildur1’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
Blom is the youngest of four children, with two older sisters and an older brother, Sebastian, who taught him how to play poker when he was 14. Blom caught on to No Limit Texas Hold’em heads-up quickly. After a few days of playing with his brother, he decided to teach a few friends to play, and they all started playing micro stakes during their school breaks, with buy-ins of $3-$7.
When Blom turned 15, he and his brother decided to throw in some money together on an online poker site. First, the entered an MTT, where they managed to win $300 by finishing in 5th place. After a few weeks, they split accounts, with Sebastian setting up his own account on a different site and Blom creating the online alias “blom90.” Blom played for a few months under this screen name, eventually making over $275,000—at the age of 15.
Collecting all of his winnings onto one site, he began playing higher buy-in cash games and Sit&Go’s, eventually going broke, losing all of the money he’d won. Building back his bankroll, he returned to the same site with $3,000. Playing high buy-in Sit&Go’s, he grew his bankroll to $50,000. Then he took a brief break. Returning strong from his break, Blom deposited a 10,000 SEK (Swedish crowns) bankroll to play heads-up No Limit Hold’em. He switched from 1/2 SEK to 50/100 SEK after playing only two weeks.
When he turned 17, Blom deposited $2,500 on partypoker, winning over $200,000 in only days. Then, in just two weeks, he won over $1.7 million during a hot streak on iPoker. However, Blom90 stopped getting action after a little while, so Blom moved on to a new name and a new site: Isildur1 on Full Tilt.
→ Live Tournaments ←
After signing with PokerStars in 2011, Blom started to put more volume into live tournaments. However, his first noteworthy success occurred when he came in 16th place at the 2010 WSOP Europe Main Event for £33,582.
He won his first live event ever at the $100,000 Super High Roller at Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure in January 2012. The prize was $1,254,400. According to Hendonmob.com, his live winnings as of 2017 are estimated to be $1,540,000.
- 2010: WSOPE London £10,000 Main Event, finished 16th for £33,582 ($51,806)
- 2012: $50,000 Poker Players Championship, finished 14th for $105,235
- 2012: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em – Six Handed, finished 151st for $2,706
In 2017, he declared, “I would like to play the World Series of Poker Main Event because I’ve not played that in recent years.”
- 2012: Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller, finished 1st for $1,254,400
- 2012: Deauville €5,000 Heads-Up, finished 2nd for €13,400
- 2012: Berlin €10,000 8 Max Re-Entry, finished 7th for €29,700
- 2012: Grand Final, Monte Carlo €10,000 6 Max Turbo High Roller, finished 7th for €28,700
In February 2018, Blom took down the €5,300 Main Event at the partypoker MILLIONS Germany (counterintuitively, held in Rozvadov, Czech Republic) for €850,000.
→ Online Poker ←
After his early experiences playing as Blom90 on partypoker and several other online poker sites (mentioned above), Blom moved on to Full Tilt, where he began playing as Isildur1 on September 16, 2009. On Full Tilt, he immediately began playing $500-$1000 stake games against many famous names in poker, including Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius, who he played against in one of the biggest pots in online poker history.
Not long after his game against Antonius, Blom faced off against Tom Dwan, playing a week-long heads-up cash game match-up across six simulthanious tables (Isildur1 vs durrrr). After a week of largest run in the history of online poker, Blom had won approximately $4 million and left Dwan speechless.
Blom’s bankroll reached a record high of $6,000,000 after playing for two months on Full Tilt. However, the downturn came fast, as he lost most of his bankroll over the next month, playing against Ivey, Antonius, and Hastings. Here’s how that happened:
First, Antonius challenged Blom to a rematch in which he brought Blom’s bankroll down by $3,000,000. This game constituted the biggest gain and loss within a single day in online poker history. However, in the following day’s rematch, Viktor was able to win back $2,000,000 from Antonius.
Then, Blom challenged Phil Ivey to a No Limit Hold’em match where he lost a lot more than $3,000,000. Despite being defeated, Blom was happy to hear Ivey confirm that Isildur1 was the most difficult opponent he had ever taken on.
And finally, Hastings won $4.2 million from Blom within 5 hours of play, setting a new online poker record. Later, however, it was found that Townsend had compiled and shared data on Blom’s past 30,000 hands with Cole and Hastings. Since sharing such information breaks Full Tilt’s rules, Townsend was punished and had his Red Pro status revoked for a month.
Following this significant loss and the following controversy, Isildur1 left the high-stakes field for almost a full year.
After his crazy swings in fortune, Blom declared to Bluff Magazine:
“I am always struggling with bankroll management because I take too many shots, but at the same time, these shots are how I end up getting better. I am better than I was in the past, and I am still always trying to improve with managing the roll.”
Blom got back into online poker in 2015 and quickly gained the lead in terms of online poker winnings. He took home over $2.1 million from his combined play on Poker Stars (+$3,497,527) and Full Tilt (-$1,367,244). It’s rumored that Blom also had a lot of success playing on the Microgaming Poker Network as “Hrskar,” so the actual amount of his total winning may be more.
2015 may also have been Blom’s best year, as that is when he won two of his largest three lifetime pots on Poker Stars; the biggest was $365,895 won at a $200/$400 pot-limit Omaha game. However, the following year, 2016, was not a good one for Isildur1. This was the same year that Full Tilt merged with Poker Stars. Losing $636,951 for the year, Isildur1 went from the biggest winner in 2015 to the biggest loser in 2016.
Coming back in 2017, Isildur1 has already won $1.9 million at the Poker Stars SCOOP, where he’s cashed in 17 events. He finished 2nd at the SCOOP 11-L: $5.50+R PLO 6-Max 30K Gtd, and so far he has been the biggest online winner in 2017. As things look now, it seems like he might be able to once again achieve the success he enjoyed in 2015.
→ Sponsorship deals ←
In December 2010, Isildur1 joined the PokerStars Pro Team, but he left them in August of 2012, quickly signing with Full Tilt just a couple of months later. However, he hasn’t signed up with any more pro teams since Full Tilt dissolved their program in October 2014.
Since then, Blom has occasionally appeared on Unibet Poker events. In addition to playing 10-hour sessions at low stakes on Twitch, Blom has carried the patch on the Unibet Open, and in 2017, he appeared at Unibet’s Battle Royale in London, where he won a modest 3000£.
– Isildur1’s Private Life –
→ Isildur1 Net Worth ←
How much is Isildur1 worth?
Although Blom has won many live and online tournaments over the course of his career, as well as profiting from a Full Tilt sponsorship deal that likely lands him six figures a year, his exact net worth remains unknown.
Nevertheless, Poker-King.com estimates Blom’s worth at approximately $5 million, and Isildur1 is 22nd on the HighstakesDB list of biggest poker winners.
→ Hobbies & life ←
According to Blom, his username Isildur1 is based off a fictional character in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and Unfinished Tales.
Asked why he remained anonymous for so long, Blom replied: “My life was good. I had a million-dollar flat that was amazing and I could hang out with my childhood friends and girlfriend. Life was just good at that time and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Blom’s parents, however, were not so thrilled about their son engaging in an activity that involved risking a fortune on a daily basis. After Blom lost his entire bankroll of $300,000 in 2008, his mother declared, “It is truly shocking to think about millions of dollars changing owners every day in poker.”
Blom later admitted that living in London as a 21-year-old with that much money may have led to him partying a bit too much to play at the top of his game. This may be why he now chooses to live in a small town in Sweden that is far away from such distractions.
According to a quote on pokernews.com from February 2017, Blom says:
“It’s good where I live now; there aren’t as many distractions. It’s a really small place: no clubs, no bars, nothing like that anymore. I just enjoy my time with friends and family now and don’t do as much partying anymore. I used to do that a lot, but slowed down.“
While Blom may have slowed down from the partying lifestyle, he continues to indulge in Sweden’s summer parties known as the “Midsummer” tradition.
Besides these activities, Blom, who played soccer in school, remains an avid fan of the game, and pictures on his Instagram account often feature him playing pool with friends.
Isildur1 on Social Media
Blom is not very active on social media. His last post on his Facebook fan page was in 2012.Twitter: https://twitter.com/viktorblom Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Viktor.Isildur1.Blom/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/viktorb1om/