To the interest of many and the surprise of few, Viktor Blom revealed himself as the man behind the mythic screen Isildur1 this evening at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. The reclusive Swede was surprisingly all-smiles as a swarm of fans, cameras, and press descended on his heads-up battle with fellow PokerStars Team Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.
The two took to the table for a 100-hand heads-up match that was originally scheduled to be $25/$50 stakes, but the two mutually agreed to up the stakes to $50/$100. Each began with $10,000 in front of them, with $20,000 in reserve for each of them. Grospellier had to dip into that reserve after a big pot where they got it all-in preflop. Grospellier held jacks, while Blom had A-K. A king on the turn gave Blom the pot and he ended up besting ElkY in his big public debut.
Blom initially appeared on the cash game scene in late 2009 and made headlines with his multi-million dollar swings playing the likes of Phil Ivey, Tom “durrrr” Dwan, and Brian Hastings on Full Tilt Poker. Blom surprised many by signing with PokerStars, but his online SuperStar Showdowns have proven that there is a place for the high stakes grinder to thrive on the site.
Even though Blom was grinning from ear-to-ear during the festivities, he is taking his big signing in stride and readily admits his identity is not exactly a huge surprise.
“I think a lot of people have known for a long time who I really am, so it doesn’t make a big difference to me,” Blom said in a press release officially announcing his signing. “But when I signed for PokerStars I felt like it was the right time to reveal my identity.”
Blom was scheduled to play SuperNova Elite player OU THE NICK after his bout with Grospellier, but the online contest winner was too busy taking part in Day 1A of the Main Event, so the match has been postponed for a later date.
Blom already took part in the $100,000 Super High Roller a couple of days ago, but he will return to the tournament grind on Sunday, giving it a go in the PCA Main Event.