Online Poker Legend Viktor Blom Takes Home a Million with Partypoker LIVE Main Event Score

Viktor Blom has done it again.

The €5,300 buy-in partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany Main Event, which attracted 1,022 entries to King’s Casino Rozvadoz, offered a €5 million guaranteed prize pool. After four days of intense play, it was online legend “Isildur1,” aka Viktor Blom, who walked away with a €850,000 ($1,048,153) first-place prize.

Viktor “Isildur1” Blom notched the second-largest score of his career by taking down the partypoker LIVE MILLONS Germany ME. That allowed him to move into eighth place on Sweden’s all-time poker money list. (Image: partypoker).

Another Seven-Figure Score

It was a welcome win for Blom, who finished as the tournament’s Day 1A chip leader. He’s been struggling a bit online thus far in 2018. As of February 17, he was down $88,621 in 12,096 hands spread across 110 sessions. Of course, with him, he could win that all back, and then some, in a single session.

In the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany Main Event, Blom made it to heads-up play against Moldova’s Pavel Plesuv, and it proved to be an epic battle. At one point, Plesuv held a nine-to-one chip lead, but the Swede used his years of experience to claw back. The two eventually struck a deal in which they both locked up €750,000 ($924,841) and left €100K and the trophy to play for.

In what would be the final hand of the tournament, the blinds were 6,000,000/12,000,000 with a 12,000,000 ante when Blom, who looked down at the K♥6♦, raised to 35 million.

Plesuv called with the Q♦7♦ and the flop came down Q♥9♥K♦. Plesuv check-called a bet of 45 million and then check-called one of 105 million on the A♦ turn. When the 5♥ completed the board on the river, Plesuv moved all in and Blom picked him off with a pair of kings.

The win marked Blom’s second-largest score of his career behind only the $1,254,400 he earned after winning the 2012 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller. His next biggest score was a more modest $179,847 for finishing runner-up to Vitaly Lunkin in the EPT10 Monte Carlo €10k Turbo Six-Max.

Blom now has $2,787,194 in live lifetime earnings which vaults him into eighth place on Sweden’s all-time poker money list.

Last Partypoker Pro Standing

Another player to make a deep run in Main Event was Brazil’s Joao Simao, the last partypoker ambassador in the field. The Brazilian made it all the way to four-handed play, which is when he ran into the Blom buzzsaw.

Joao Simao (Image: partypoker/Danny Maxwell)

In Level 39 (3,500,000/7,000,000/7,000,000), Blom made it 21 million to go from the button with the A♦8♠ and Simao defended his big blind with the J♠9♠. When the flop fell 7♠7♣K♥, Simao moved all in for 31.5 million and Blom snap-called. Neither the 2♦ turn nor A♠ river helped Simao, and he hit the rail in fourth place for €280,000 ($345,274).

It was actually Simao’s fourth cash of the series, after finishing runner-up to Patrik Antonius in the €25K High Roller for $307,772 and placing fourth in the other €25K High Roller for $134,746. Toss in a small cash in the Warm-Up, and the Brazilian earned $795,753 during the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany, which moved him up to fifth on Brazil’s all-time money list.

Others to cash the partypoker Main were 2017 GPI Player of the Year Adrian Mateos at 12th for €40,000 ($49,325), Ludovic Geilich in 26th for €22,500 ($27,745), recently signed partypoker ambassador Philipp Gruissem at 28th for €22,500 ($27,745), and American Jason Wheeler in the 44th spot for €17,500 ($21,580).

The partypoker LIVE MILLIONS will head to Barcelona in April for its Grand Final, which will offer up €23 million ($28.5 million) in guaranteed prize pools.

Final Table Results
1 Viktor Blom (Sweden) €850,000 ($1,048,153)
2 Pavel Plesuv (Moldova) €750,000 ($924,841)
3 Rickie Silcock (UK) €400,000 ($493,249)
4 Joao Simao (Brazil) €280,000 ($345,274)
5 Radoslaw Wesierski (Poland) €200,000 ($246,624)
6 Ondrej Drozd (Czech Republic) €140,000 ($172,637)
7 Moschonas Aristeidis (UK) €100,000 ($123,312)
8 Niko Wieland (Germany) €70,000 ($86,319)
9 Yiannis Liperis (Cyprus) €50,000 ($61,656)

Written by
Chad Holloway
Splitting his time between his native Wisconsin and Las Vegas, Chad Holloway gave up a potential law career to follow his passion and play and write about poker. His background includes a long stint as a senior writer for a major poker news site. Long well-known throughout the poker community for his incisive and in-depth commentary and reporting, we are proud to have Chad on board as part of our CardsChat writing team, where he will be covering everything from the World Series of Poker to interviews, features, and more.


Ivansito26 wrote...

definitely this isildur is a mostro in poker, in my opinion is a player who has no limit to play and more in your bets cash tables, hopefully that million won it lasts longer hahaha because surely in a cash table what leave or bend them ..

vovanbaron15 wrote...

I was watching the online translation of his event on Twitch a few hours,expessially heads-up.That was very tough and cool final battle,I cant even imagine the skill of high level poker of such players as Blom.He won the huge field more than thouthand people live.They are really space people!!!

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