Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom in Serious Trouble

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2011. January 19.
It was no suprise for the poker community that at the <em>PCA</em>, <strong>Viktor Blom</strong><em> </em>stepped out of the darkness as the man behind <em>Isildur1</em>. Many think that the reason for him to conceal his true identity was to evade Swedish taxes. Now it seems this really is the case: the Swedish tax office claims $149 million in Swedish krona.
Viktor blom
Viktor Blom

A leading Swedish business paper, the Dagens Industri reported recently that the Swedish tax office works hard to collect taxes from poker players playing at non-EU poker rooms. According to Swedish law, profit made in the Swedish-owned room, Svenska Spelen is tax-free, but playing at other rooms involves tax. All Swedish residents playing at non-EU rooms are to pay 30% tax after every pot won.

This is how Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom got into some serious trouble. The young pro moved to London recently, so his current winnings are taxed by UK law. His winnings before his move, however, are prone to taxation. The Swedish government now obliged Blom to pay 1 billion Swedish Krona (about $149 million) regardless of him being one of the biggest losers, he's million dollars down in the non-EU rooms, states Dagens Industri.

"Currently we are concentrating on online poker, and yes we know the person (Viktor Blom), but I cannot talk about cases in progress" - responded Erik Bowman, representing the Swedish tax office.

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