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High-Stakes Poker: Viktor Blom Wins Nearly $1 Million, Phil Ivey Returns, Gus Hansen Continues Fall

A Look At The Past Week At Full Tilt Poker's Nosebleeds


Despite getting crushed on Thursday at $300-$600 no-limit hold’em, Swedish poker player Viktor “Isildur1” Blom still managed to win about $950,000 over the past seven days on Full Tilt Poker, according to data from HighstakesDB.

He’s reportedly still down close to $2 million lifetime on the software.

During this upswing, Blom quickly beat Tom “durrr” Dwan in a $200,000 buy-in heads-up match on Sunday. The two have a history dating back to Blom’s rise to fame in 2009. Blom seemingly has always had the best of Dwan over the years.

In fact, one of the largest pots in online poker history was between the two young poker players. In Nov. 2009, Blom’s pocket aces held against Dwan’s AClub Suit KClub Suit for a nearly $700,000 pot. The hands these days pale in comparison to the rush of action seen that historic fall.

One of Blom’s most aggressive plays during Thursday’s mishap was a hand in which he got it all-in preflop with K-7 against his opponent’s K-10. Nothing seemed to go his way all day, as he lost big at more than one virtual table before eventually calling it quits.

Blom is up about $650,000 on Full Tilt since its relaunch, but he is down about $2.6 million on PokerStars this year, according to HighstakesDB.

If the high-stakes tracking results are correct, Blom is in the red for the year in the game of poker. He has $1,436,354 in live tournament earnings, most of which came in January.

While Blom endured his usual vicious bankroll swings, Phil Ivey returned to Full Tilt Poker this week and started right where he left off. He just keeps on winning.

Since changing his screen name to “Polarizing” and logging on from Mexico, the pro gambler has won about $140,000. He has been playing mostly draw games.

According to HighstakesDB, he is approaching $20 million in lifetime profits on the site.

While Blom and Ivey had solid weeks, Gus Hansen, who was on one of his best ever upswings before Full Tilt Poker shutdown around mid-2011, has returned to the site by punting off nearly $2.3 million since Nov. 6. He just had another poor week, and he’s by far the biggest loser on the platform since it came back.

He has lost nearly $5.5 million lifetime on Full Tilt Poker.

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