Viktor ‘Isildur1' Blom's reputation may have limped a little in the past few days at PokerStars, but on November 29 Wednesday, his poker prowess was definitely on fire, burning other poker pros' strategies and skills down to the ground as he walked away clutching the top prize of $340,000 from the invitation-only high-stakes $200/$400 PLO cash game at Sam Trickett's High Roller Room.
The star-studded poker cash game featured several players including the likes of Michael ‘mcZhang' Zhang, skadrak, Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club owner Rob Yong, King's Casino owner Leon ‘KingsofLeon' Tsoukernik, and partypoker ambassador Sam Trickett.
It was a rough start for Blom as he quickly lost a $40,000 buy-in, but soon after he recovered, and throughout the next grueling seven-and-a-half hours he eventually built up a big stack of around $440,000 (most of it originating from Tsoukernik's huge bankroll).
At one point in the game, Blom saw his stack come over to the $200,000 count after he won against Sam Trickett. After the match Trickett said to Blom, "Viktor got me in a $200k pot with just four outs on the flop. That one hurt because I was already buried", before adding philosophically, "It's the life I choose...haha"
Too bad for host Trickett, the game ended as him being one of the biggest losers, dropping $230,000. Of course, this amount may not put a significant dent in his vault, because in the past seven years he has cashed almost $20 million from live tourneys. His biggest live cash is from 2012 WSOP, when he got 2nd place in the $1 million buy-in Big One for the One Drop tournament for $10,112,001. This achievement put him on the poker world map as Great Britain's all-time most successful poker player.
The evening's biggest loser so far was Tsoukernik, as Blom snatched another 6-figure pot from him, and at the final stretch of the match, the King's Casino owner was losing a lot from both Blom and especially Zhang, who was able to come strong in the later stages of the game, finishing with more than $300,000 (but he still lost $75,000 in the game). Tsoukernik's loss cost him $250,000 that evening.
Clever Rob Yong was able to walk away as the second big winner from this match as he decided to call it quits halfway throughout the match, since he's already satisfied with the $290,000 profit he made.