PCA 2012 Super High Roller - Viktor Blom Wins His First Live Tournament

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2012. January 08.
Killer high stakes action went down yesterday at <em>PCA</em>'s tables, the extraordinarily strong final table of this year's<em> Super High Roller </em>tournament ended with the victory of<strong> Viktor<em> 'Isildur1' </em>Blom</strong>. This is the young Swedish pro's first live tournament win.
On Day 3 of the PCA 2012 $100,000 Super High Roller tournament, only 8 players remained, the awfully strong final table was lead by the chipleader Galen Hall, but huge names like Jonathan Duhamel, Daniel Negreanu, Viktor Blom and Dan Shak all were above a million chips to compete for the trophy.

Seat 1: Humberto Brenes - 343.000
Seat 2: Scott Seiver - 556.000
Seat 3: Daniel Negreanu - 1.230.000
Seat 4: Jonathan Duhamel - 1.336.000
Seat 5: Mike "Timex" McDonald - 360.000
Seat 6: Dan Shak - 1.199.000
Seat 7: Viktor "Isildur1" Blom - 1.228.000
Seat 8: Galen Hall - 1.748.000


Being at the final table didn't mean an ITM finish, only 5 places paid. The unlucky ones came to be Humberto Brenes, Mike McDonald and Scott Seiver, after whose elimination the game started to get very interesting.

By the 15th blind level (3.000/12.000/24.000):

Galen Hall - 2.675.000
Dan Shak - 1.895.000
Viktor Blom - 1.332.000
Jonathan Duhamel - 1.182.000
Daniel Negreanu - 916.000


3-handed game
3-handed game with Shak, Blom and Hall

Daniel Negreanu, the absolute short stack came to be eliminated, his fellow PokerStars pro waved him goodbye. Blom opened from the cutoff to 52,000. Negreanu pushed all-in with 687,000 from the small blind with {#}A {#}K , Blom called with {#}8 {#}8 , on a dry board Blom's hand prevailed.

A little bit later Jonathan Duhamel opened to 55,000, only the small blind Blom called. The flop came {#}J {#}7 {#}5 , Duhamel cbet to 77,000, Blom however raised him to 215,000. Duhamel 3bet, Blom 4bet, Duhamel went 5bet all-in, Blom called.

Blom: {#}A {#}Q
Duhamel: Jc 6c

Turn:
{#}7
River: {#}K

Blom eliminated the 2010 WSOP champion with a flush.

The 16th blind level (4.000/15.000/30.000) started with the following chip counts:

Viktor Blom - 4.025.000
Galen Hall - 2.575.000
Dan Shak - 1.400.000

After a long 3-handed game, on the 19th blind level (10.000/30.000/60.000) the heads-up finally formed. After Shak's fold, Isildur1 bet 150,000, Hall went all-in instantly with his 1,540,000 million, Blom snap-called.

Hall: {#}9 {#}9
Blom: {#}A {#}A

Board:
{#}5 {#}T {#}3 {#}J {#}K

Blom's aces held.

Soon the tournament was over, Blom took major lead with a set, then in the final hand he called Shak's all-in on the {#}9 {#}7 {#}{#}Q board.

Blom:
{#}K {#}Q
Shak: {#}A {#}5

River:
{#}4

Bloom emerged victorious with a top pair.

Viktor Blom

This is the first live tournament victory of the young Swede.



Final results:

1. Viktor Blom - $1.254.400
2. Dan Shak - $846.700
3. Galen Hall - $470.400
4. Jonathan Duhamel - $313.600
5. Daniel Negreanu - $250.900


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