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Online Poker: Viktor Blom Has $3.5 Million October

Blom Swings Up Big, Gus Hansen Falls Close To $13 Million Hole


Viktor “Isildur1” Blom was nearing the red on the year just a month or so ago, but thanks to a phenomenal October, the poker pro is back to huge profits on the year.

Over the past 30 days, the Swede won around $3.5 million, according to tracking data from HighstakesDB. Those are also his overall profits on 2013.

He had a handful of hiccups along the way in October, including losing more than $1 million between Oct. 26 and 27, but overall managed to crush his opponents.

Much of Blom’s most intense action comes at the nosebleed heads-up no-limit hold’em tables. Despite his winnings, he did manage to lose the largest pot of the month, a $490,000 cooler versus high-stakes regular Doug “WCGRider” Polk.

Polk was a big winner on the month thanks to crushing Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky in their heads-up challenge, but Blom took the Vegas pro for seven figures and put a huge damper on what had been a sweet year for Polk, who recently ascended to the nosebleeds.

Behind Blom, Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar had the second-best month, winning $1,011,027.

Dan “jungleman12” Cates and Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker both had solid months, winning six-figure sums. Heinecker is up $3.2 million online in 2013. He also won $4,456,885 in a live poker tournament in June. He might be the biggest winner in all of poker this year.

Earlier this week we reported that Gus Hansen reached $12 million in lifetime losses on Full Tilt. Over the past couple of days, the Dane has dropped another $700,000 or so.

He is approaching a $13 million deficit on the site, which is the deepest hole in the history of (tracked) online poker, according to HighstakesDB.

Rumors in the poker world say that Guy Laliberté dropped massive sums on the Internet when he was grinding there years ago. However, there’s no clear dollar amount on his losses.

Hansen is stubborn. On Friday morning, he was still going at it, playing a couple of tables of $2,000-$4,000 limit deuce-to-seven triple draw. Despite his performance online, he is a sponsored Full Tilt Poker player. He is still one of the most successful live players ever.

Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond, Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius, Phil “Polarizing” Ivey and Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene each lost around $500,000 in October.