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Online Poker: Blom, Kostritsyn Start Year In Red

Blom, Last Year's Biggest Winner, Starts 2016 On Downswing


Poker pro Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, last year’s biggest winner on the Internet, hasn’t started this year in the black. The Swede has dropped $115,000 so far in January, according to tracking data from HighstakesDB.

Through the first nine days of the new year, Blom logged nearly 400 hands. Though he lost roughly $1.4 million on Full Tilt last year, Blom was in the black more than $2 million overall in 2015 thanks to crushing the high-stakes games on PokerStars. The Swede played roughly 250,000 hands on PokerStars during 2015.

In January 2015 on PokerStars, Blom found himself in a $350,000 hole and was still in the red in March. However, he went on a $1 million upswing in April and the rest of the year went pretty well for him. Lifetime on PokerStars, Blom is a $1.8 million winner, though on Full Tilt he has lost $4.7 million.

Russian grinder Alex “joiso” Kostritsyn topped Blom in the losses column to start the year. He was down roughly $140,000 after nearly 600 hands in 2016. Additionally, Brian “tsarrast” Rast was down nearly $100,000 through the first nine days of the month. Rast recently lost a boxing match versus Sorel Mizzi.

On the flip side, David “Deldar182” Eldar won $127,000, while Alexandre “BiatchPeople” Luneau raked in $102,000, during the same period. They are the year’s top winners so far.