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Confirmed: High-Stakes Phenom Isildur1 Is Sweden's Viktor Blom

Blom Plays ElkY For $10,000 After Announcement

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Viktor Blom at 2011 PCAThe wait is over. PokerStars has officially confirmed one of the poker world’s worst-kept secrets. The high-stakes superstar known as Isildur1 is 20-year-old Swede Viktor Blom.

PokerStars made the announcement during the dinner break of the $10,000 main event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. A crowd formed around a table in the middle of the tournament floor and Blom made his debut, joining fellow Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier for a $10,000 heads-up match.

Ever since Isildur1 burst onto the scene in 2009, his true identity has been the talk of the high-stakes community. The young pro managed to capture the attention of the poker world for his fearlessness at the tables, taking on the best for seven-figure sums.

Though he’s been hiding behind his online moniker for months, it was clear that he was ready to be unveiled to the poker community. After making his grand entrance to the media, Blom couldn’t help but smile now that his secret is finally out.

Blom wasn’t taking any questions, preferring instead to get right into the action with Grospellier, but PokerStars was able to provide his answers to some media-supplied questions, which you can find below.

Is it a relief to finally reveal your identity?

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. But when I signed for PokerStars I felt like it was the right time to reveal my identity.

What unique qualities will you bring to Team PokerStars Pro?

I think I am the best online heads-up no-limit Hold’em player in the world but I’m looking forward to learning a lot from the other Team Pros and helping them with their games too.

How will this unveiling affect your future action?

I will now be playing lots of EPT events and I really want to focus and win one in 2011. I also think I’ll have some great SuperStar Showdown matches at PokerStars now that people know who I really am.

Who do you respect the most on Team PS Pro?

Daniel Negreanu and Johnny Lodden

What did you do to improve your game?

Nothing – I just lose a lot and that helps me learn (laughing).