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Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom Leaves PokerStars

Swedish Cash Game Pro No Longer Has Endorsement Deal


Swedish cash game player Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom is no longer listed as a sponsored pro for PokerStars, the largest online site in the world.

Earlier this year, Blom won back-to-back titles in one of the site’s marque tournament series. In January, he won $1.25 million in a high-roller event.

Blom, 21, made his debut at the World Series of Poker this summer and cashed in two events. He finished 14th in the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship.

PokerStars had signed the one-time mysterious Swede to a deal and then revealed his identity in January of 2011, however many knew the secret well beforehand.

The Isle of Man-based company brought him on after he rose to fame thanks to the nosebleed stakes on Full Tilt Poker. Blom has played in many of the largest pots in the history of web poker — with the largest being a $1.3 million hand he lost to Patrik Antonius.

PokerStars recently acquired Full Tilt after a $731 million settlement with the U.S. government.

According to HighstakesDB, Blom is up just under $200,000 on PokerStars since late 2010. On Full Tilt, he is down about $2.6 million. His career has been marked by wild swings.

Despite some speculation within the poker community, there has been no indication that Blom will be a sponsored pro for Full Tilt once it relaunches this fall.

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