Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom is an online poker legend. But, on Sunday, the Swedish pro put his computer down to win a live event, the partypoker MILLIONS LIVE Main Event at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, for $1,048,153.
Although Isildur, who beat out 1,022 entries, rarely competes in live tournaments, this wasn’t his biggest career score. In 2012, he won a $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller event at the PokerStars PCA for $1,254,400. He now has $2,787,194 in live tournament cashes throughout his career.
On Sunday, Pavel Plesuv learned a valuable lesson: don’t bluff Isildur. On the final hand, Plesuv, a pro from Moldova, turned his pair of queens on a wet board into a bluff.
Holding third pair against Blom’s pair of kings, Plesuv figured the only way he could win the pot was to bluff, and he did so, firing out an all-in bet of 299 million into a pot with 368 million. Isildur, with nothing but second pair and a weak kicker (6), shook his head, paused for a moment, and then made the sick call to end the tournament.
It was one of the most legendary moments for one of poker’s most legendary players.
What a Comeback
Reminiscent of the New England Patriots comeback from a 28-3 deficit against the Atlanta Falcons in the 2017 Super Bowl, Viktor Blom had an impressive rally on Sunday, facing a 9-1 chip disadvantage early in heads-up play after losing a massive pot with top set against a straight.
It didn’t take long before the online poker legend evened things up, doubling up three times before finishing off Plesuv.
Partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Main Event Final Table Results
1 Viktor Blom (Sweden) $1,048,153
2 Pavel Plesuv (Moldova) $924,841
3 Rickie Silcock (England) $493,249
4 Joao Simao (Brazil) $345,274
5 Radoslaw Wesierski (Poland) $246,624
6 Ondrej Drozd (Czech Republic) $172,637
7 Aristeidis Moschonas (Greece) $123,312
8 Niko Wieland (Germany) $86,319
What a Career
Isildur has been one of the most entertaining online pros since the pre-Black Friday era on Full Tilt Poker, a now defunct poker site. He burst onto the scene as an unknown in 2009, quickly turning a $5.5 million profit.
But, given his wild style of play, that money didn’t last. By the time FTP shutdown in 2015, he had lost over $4 million overall.
Later in the year, he began playing more on PokerStars and that has been his only place to play online since. In total, the Swedish pro has turned a $2 million profit on PokerStars.