Isildur1’s Identity Revealed

January 16, 2011

As promised, Isildur1made his identity known to the public last weekend, and as expected, he revealed that he was in fact Viktor Blom. It was rumored that the Swedish online phenomenon had not disclosed his identity to save himself from having to pay Swedish taxes, and now that he is a real person, he may be facing some severe tax bills.

Isildur1 made a name for himself after winning and losing millions of dollars and participating in 12 of the biggest online poker pots in history.
When the mystery player signed a deal with Team PokerStars, he knew he’d have to reveal himself to the world sooner than later. He made the decision to unmask himself at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas last weekend. Blom is only 20 years old and is from western Sweden by the Norwegian border. He is the youngest of four and currently resides in London. Blom has been playing poker since he was 14 and has an older brother who plays poker as well.

Blom explains, “In the beginning, it was just for fun,” but he was playing online poker 15 hours a day by the time he was 18.

“I deposited $2,000 (14,000 kronor) and within three weeks, I had $2 million,” he states. Extreme aggressive play style quickly got him noticed and he soon became one of the most well-known players in the business.

In November ’09, Blom had lost $3.2 million to Phil Ivey in only one week. After just a day, he lost $3 million to Patrik Antonius, only to win $2 million back from Antonius the very next day. And days like these continued with wins and losses.

“I had some rough days. But I’m not worried. I know I can always win money,” said Blom.
Now that he’s outed himself, he may be facing unfinished business with the tax authorities in Sweden. One publication suggested he may owe up to the equivalent to about $149 million, though the tax authorities wouldn’t confirm that they were interested in going after Blom.

“Internet poker is something we’re looking into and I know this poker player, but I can’t comment on whether we’ve opened a case,” Erik Boman, tax agency spokesperson, said.


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