Viktor Blom’s First WSOP Event
June 7, 2012
Unfortunately, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, world-renowned in the online poker realm, didn’t fare too well in his first attempt at a World Series of Poker bracelet. Blom, 21, headed into his first WSOP event with the world at his fingertips, and while fans of Blom were hoping that the lovable online poker phenomena would start off the series with a bang, it just didn’t happen at what was his first live tournament appearance ever in the US.
At the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) last January, Blom proved that he was just as good offline than on when he won the $100K Super High Roller event and scored a $1.2+ million prize. He then went on to win twice at this year’s PokerStars’ SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker). It is these feats that make it even more disappointing that Blom fizzled out in his WSOP debut.
Event #12 started out with a 152-player field and after only three rounds and one day, that number was decreased to 32. Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey didn’t have success in this event either.
Ultimately, Brian Hastings, 23, from Hanover Township, Pennsylvania took his first WSOP title and gold bracelet when he won eight matches straight and collected $371,498. Twenty-four-year-old Jason Ho from St. Louis came in second and won a $229,722 prize.