Viktor Blom is Isildur1 – But What Did the Parents Say?

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2011. January 13. |
A Swedish online magazine, NWT visited the Blom family, after Viktor Blom admitted at the currently ongoing PCA that he was the one playing under the nick ’Isildur1’.
It has been a sort of an open secret for a while now, that Isildur1 is the 20 years old NLHE heads-up specialist, Viktor Blom. The Swedish poker player, however, has committed everything so far to keep his identity secret. There could be many reasons for this, including the very high Swedish taxes, but this will not be a problem for Viktor anymore, as now he has left Sweden and moved to London.
 
Viktor Blom
Viktor Blom

Another important factor has been highlighted by a blogger at Expressen.se, Sohello ’BankTheMan’ Shah, who made a journal-like interview with Blom a few weeks ago. From this interview, it becomes clear, that Viktor’s parents were not at all happy about their son risking huge amounts of money on the Internet, especially after losing his whole bankroll ($300,000 at the time) back in 2008.

"I desperately needed money, as soon as possible, otherwise I would have been forced to go home. I talked to my mom. Not my father, he wanted to have me home at all times. My mother was not so hard, she said she would leave me time and understood my situation. She said all I needed was to find a job and grow up at last. Of course, she also said NO POKER. Yes mother, no poker, I promise ... "-said Viktor in the interview.

Although the Blom family knew, that Viktor later returned to poker, he never really mentioned his online nickname.

"We did not know, but we guessed" - said Viktor's mother, Catharina Blom. "We keep asking him about poker, but all he says is that money comes and goes in this game, he never talks about specific amounts. It is truly shocking to think about millions of dollars changing owners every day in poker."



Now that Viktor Blom has signed with the market-leading online poker room, PokerStars, his true identity could not remain hidden. The Blom parents are proud of their son, but it is hard for them to understand and get used to the hype that surrounds him.

“He came home for a week before Christmas and said 'good to be home mom and get your home-cooked food," said Catharina Blom. How it feels to have a son who now lives in a luxury hotel and travels all around the world playing in millions of dollars, she can not quite explain.

"You do not understand the magnitude of it all if you are not familiar with the details. For me he is simply Victor, and it will always stay that way" she says.


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