Isildur1 takes down the PCA 2012 super high roller
The world of live tourneys opened the 2012 season with a bang, with Pokerstars hosting the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure. As most of you know, Viktor “Isildur1″ Blom took down the opening event; the 100k buy-in super high roller. At the time, Pokerstars announced they would be airing the second and third day (final table) of this event at a later date, and that later date is finally here. Earlier this week, via Pokerstars.tv, the site released full footage of the tourney in three parts. You can watch for yourself by clicking here. The footage is really well produced and definitely worth the watch. Of course, being a super high roller event, it’s a who’s who of the poker community, and the entirety of the footage has plenty of light 3betting and 4betting to make it worth the rail. Unfortunately, if you’re in it to see Blom only, your best off skipping straight to the third part, as he is stuck on an outer table for the first two parts of the taping.
Keeping with the Isildur1 tourney theme, the Pokerstars SCOOP (spring championship of online poker) events are in full swing, and Isildur1 has gotten off to a hot start. As this article is being written, he is building a stack in the late stages of the $215 NLH event number 2. The event, which has a guarantee of a million dollars, managed to attract 8240 runners, but that field has currently whittled down to 100. Our favorite Swede’s stack has fluctuated quite a bit, but he is currently holding steady at 5th place. Of course, as is standard with big tourneys, the top few places take down a huge chunk of the prize pool. If Blom were to bust now, he would manage only $1500 for his efforts, likely a waste of time in his eyes. However, if he is able to take down the event, he would add 247k to his bankroll. Many would love to see Isildur1 pad his bankroll. We will be sure to do a follow-up here at BeTheNuts, to let you know how things turn out for him in his quest for his first SCOOP title.
Blom's reaction to losing with his AA in pre
I’m sure many people have been wondering where their favorite degenerate has been lately. After all, it seems when Isildur1 has money to his name, he will not leave the tables until it is all gone or he can no longer stay awake. However, even with his overall profits on Stars of over a million dollars at the tables, and his salary and sne earnings to go along with his score for over 1.2 million at the PCA super high roller event this year, he has been mostly absent lately, even missing out on the Zypherin games. But have no fear, as Isildur1 has not given up on poker or gone nitty on us. He has simply been focusing in on another goal of his that he discusses in his only known English interview, which is to win an EPT event this year. Blom has been playing most of the EPT events and with the EPT season coming to a close next week, he made sure to play in all of the big ones. He began by playing the EPT Berlin main event day 1b on April 18th and continued on before busting out very late on day 2. He then moved on the very next day to play in the high roller event. He ran and played pretty well, managing to make the final table of the €10,000 event, which began play today. Blom’s chances looked good, as he entered the final table in 2nd out of the remaining 9 players. However, his luck ran a little short as Marvin Rettenmaier, Isildur1′s crippler, recounts for us on his twitter. Rettenmaier got in JTss vs Blom’s AA preflop and managed to suck out. Blom was hurting for chips and soon after busted out in 7th. Of course, knowing Blom, the €29,700 consolation will likely do little for the frustration he is undoubtedly feeling. He reflected this feeling by showing up online with his 30k in winnings and promptly dumping it all in only 9 hands this afternoon.
The EPT is in its busiest time of the year
His anguish will have to be short-lived however, as he needs to be ready to go again tomorrow in the EPT €100,000 super high roller event taking place in Monaco. A good showing here should erase the “grrr” feeling from Berlin as the winner will likely take home over a million Euros. With the strength of the Euro at the moment, that would equate to about 1.3 million USD. This tourney only headlines a onslaught of 37 events taking place at the Monaco EPT finale. Who knows which events Blom will choose to play but we can be sure he will at least take on the €10,000 main event, and €25,000 High Roller event. With all this action taking place live, it will likely be at least another week before we see anymore extended online sessions from Isildur1. However, we will be sure to keep you updated with any deep runs he makes in his chase for an EPT title.