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The Online Railbird Report: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom Takes a $1.4 Million Hit

  • Chad HollowayChad Holloway
Viktor "Isildur1" Blom

The 2013 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is in the books, at least until November, and while the annual gathering of poker players dominated the headlines, the high-stakes online action has been going surprisingly strong. Last week we caught you up on six weeks of online action including Viktor “Isildur1” Blom winning the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event #43-H for $1,096,200 and then going on to extend his 2013 winnings to over $5.2 million, a solid two million ahead of his next closest competitor.

In the past week, Blom gave $1,404,756 of that back in 6,834 hands spread across 62 sessions, which was enough to make him the week’s biggest loser. In fact, it wasn’t even close as the next biggest losers, Doug “WCGRider” Polk (-$446,680 in 37 sessions/5,855 hands) and Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene (-$420,766 in 48 sessions/3,768 hands), lost about a quarter of what the Swede did.

On the flip side, “Tight-Man1” was the week’s biggest winner after profiting $1,277,812 in 3,516 hands over 22 sessions. Other big winners included “Denoking” (+$809,561 in 40 sessions/6,890 hands), Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon (+$342,544 in 5 sessions/259 hands) and “proudlikeagoat” (+$320,888 in 29 sessions/2,020 hands).

Huge $300K+ Pots in Thursday $400/$800 NLHE Action

On Thursday, July 11, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Doug “WCGRider” Polk opened up a $400/$800 no-limit hold’em game on Full Tilt Poker, and over the course of 12 hours, the six-max table attracted others like “MalACEsia,” “Call_911” and “Denoking.”

Blom got off to a quick start and was up $250,000 at one point, but then things quickly went south for the Swede as he dropped all of that and an additional $400,000. Blom offset some of those losses later in the evening, but still ended the day a $297,000 loser. On the flip side, “MalACEsia” and “Denoking” finished as the day’s two biggest winners with $332,000 and $520,600 respectively.

“MalACEsia” actually won the biggest pot of the day. It happened when “MalACEsia” ($337,930.90) opened for $2,000 from the hijack, “Denoking” ($216,085.70) called from the cutoff and Polk ($406,209.20) did the same from the button. “HelicopterBen82” ($163,665.50) then three-bet to $13,600 from the small blind, all three of his opponents called. When the flop came down {8-Hearts}{2-Spades}{2-Diamonds}, “HelicopterBen82” led out for $19,600, “MalACEsia” called and the other two players folded.

The turn was the {5-Diamonds}, and “HelicopterBen82” fired out $28,600. “MalACEsia” called, and the {J-Clubs} completed the board on the river. “HelicopterBen82” moved all in for $101,865.50 and “MalACEsia” wasted little time in making the call. “HelicopterBen82” flipped over the {k-Clubs}{k-Diamonds} for kings and deuces, but it was no good as “MalACEsia” claimed the $355,928 pot with the {a-Clubs}{a-Diamonds} for aces and deuces.

While that pot was the biggest of the day, it was just one of four $300K-plus pots. Here’s a look at the other three.

Hand #1: “MalACEsia” ($469,562.90) opened for $2,000 from the hijack and Polk ($369,236.90) three-bet to $7,200 from the button. The blinds folded, “MalACEsia” pushed back with a four-bet to $26,800 and Polk called, bringing about a flop of {q-Spades}{j-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}. “MalACEsia” led out for $21,600, Polk called and the {8-Hearts} turned. Again Polk called a bet from “MalACEsia,” this time $45,200, and then the {Q-Clubs} completed the board on the river. “MalACEsia” bet $75,600 and Polk called. The former turned over the {a-Spades}{a-Hearts} for two pair, but the latter had cracked it on the river with the {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}. Ship the $336,347 pot to Polk.

Hand #2: “MalACEsia” ($568,612.90) opened for $2,000 from the hijack and “Denoking” ($331,862) three-bet to $7,800 from the cutoff. Polk ($564,370.90) called from the button, both blinds folded and “MalACEsia” got out of the way. After the flop fell {k-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}{5-Hearts}, “Denoking” bet $12,800 and Polk called. “Denoking” kept the pressure on with a bet of $36,120 on the {4-Hearts} turn, Polk called and the {7-Spades} completed the board on the river. “Denoking” slowed down with a check but still called when Polk fired out $98,600. Polk flipped over the {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts} for a king-high flush, but it was no good as “Denoking” held an ace-high flush with the {a-Hearts}{6-Hearts}.

Hand #3:

Hendon Wins $300,600 in Friday FLO8 Action

Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon, who is currently the year’s second-biggest winner, added to his yearly profit by taking $300,600 at the fixed-limit Omaha Hi-Lo tables on Friday. The vast majority of that came from an 80-minute session against Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. In just 84 hands, Hendon took nearly $270,000 from the Swede.

While that game produced the day’s biggest winner, the biggest pot actually came from the $400/$800 NLHE game, which saw “Rhje” leave with $250,000. In the monster hand, “Rhje” ($147,511.50) opened for $2,400 under the gun and “Tight-Man1” ($319,956) called from the cutoff. After the button folded, Doug “WCGRider” Polk ($142,884.70) three-bet to $11,200 from the small blind and the big blind got out of the way. “Rhje” responded with a four-bet to $27,200, “Tight-Man1” folded and Polk shoved for $142,884.70. “Rhje” called and the cards were turned up.

“Rhje”: {a-Hearts}{a-Spades}
Polk: {k-Spades}{k-Clubs}

It was a cooler spot for Polk, but he got two shots at it as the players agreed to run it twice. Unfortunately for Polk neither the {a-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} on the first run nor {7-Spades}{4-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{7-Clubs}{5-Diamonds} on the second delivered him salvation and “Rhje” scooped the $289,416 pot.

“Tight-Man1” Wins $1.2 Million in Two Days

It was a good weekend for “Tight-Man1” after he won $559,000 on Saturday playing $400/$800 NLHE and then banked an additional $610,000 in the same game on Sunday. “Tight-Man1’s” Sunday win came in three installments—morning, afternoon and evening—and came in $220,000, $150,000 and $241,000 chunks. It was during the middle session that he won the day’s biggest pot.

It began when “MalACEsia” ($78,655) opened for $2,400 under the gun and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom ($239,388) called from the hijack. “Trueteller” ($137,878) called from the button and then “Tight-Man1” ($130,745) three-bet to $12,800 from the big blind. “MalACEsia” folded, the other two players called and the flop came down {3-Spades}{k-Clubs}{q-Spades}. Two checks put action on “Trueteller” and he bet $18,000. “Tight-Man1” check-called and then Blom check-raised all in for $226,588. “Trueteller” folded and “Tight-Man1” called off his remaining $99,795.

“Tight-Man1”: {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}
Blom: {7-Spades}{6-Spades}

“Tight-Man1” flopped top pair and was ahead of Blom’s flush draw. The two ran it twice and “Tight-Man1” locked up half the pot after the {4-Clubs} turn and {6-Diamonds} river completed the board on the first run. Blom needed a spade on the second run to break even, but it wouldn’t happened as the {9-Hearts} turned followed by the {2-Hearts} on the river. Ship the $295,687 to “Tight-Man1.”

Blom ended up losing $253,500 on the day, but that was still quite a bit less than the day’s biggest loser, “MalACEsia,” who dropped a staggering $858,000.

Polk vs. Blom vs. Tollerene in Tuesday Action

On Tuesday, July 16, Doug “WCGRider” Polk took on Viktor “Isildur1” Blom yet again and walked away a $388,000 winner. Polk ended up the day’s biggest winner with $401,500 in profit, and even though Blom lost big in that match, he ended up winning $41,900 on the day after beating Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene for $300,000 and Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon for $210,000 in an evening session.

It was actually a hand between Blom and Tollerene that ended up being the day’s biggest:

Biggest Winners/Losers (Full Tilt Poker)

Biggest Winners (7/9-7/17): Tight-Man1 ($1,277,812), Denoking (+$809,561), Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon (+$342,544), proudlikeagoat (+$320,888), Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar (+$232,136)

Biggest Losers (7/9-7/17): Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (-$1,404,756), Doug “WCGRider” Polk (-$446,680), Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene ($420,766), "MalACEsia" (-$354,331), SanIker (-$240,031)

Year’s biggest winners: Viktor “Isildur1” Blom (+$3,718,897), Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon (+$3,515,118), Alexander “PostFlopAction” Kostritsyn (+$2,714,965), Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene (+$1,979,165), Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius (+$1,556,140), “Odd_Oddsen”* (+$1,552,732), Tom “durrrr” Dwan (+$1,484,451), Isaac “luvtheWNBA” Haxton (+$1,445,924), “Tight-Man1” (+$1,409,819), Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond (+$1,380,309)

Year’s biggest losers: “samrostan” (-$3,518,002), Gus Hansen (-$3,428,777), Phil “Polarizing” Ivey (-$2,297,409), “MalACEsia” (-$1,634,063), Alex “IReadYrSoul” Millar (-$1,404,367), “patpatpanda” (-$1,330,885), Scott “mastrblastr” Seiver (-$1,220,399), Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky (-$1,210,658), Kyle “KPR16” Fray (-$939,996)

*Denotes PokerStars

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