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Greenstein Reveals Why Viktor Blom Was 25 Minutes Late For The National HU Poker Championship

Tags: 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, barry greenstein, Chinese poker, delay, isildur1, late, Viktor Blom.
Posted on 28 January 2013 by "T".

Last Thursday, The 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship kicked off at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. However, when it was time for the 16 players from the Spades bracket to take their seats - 1 player was missing: Viktor Blom.

Because the tournament was to be filmed for television, camera crew, tournament crew, and the other players could do nothing but wait until Viktor Blom arrived 25 minutes after scheduled time. Blom won his first match against Andrew Lichtenberger but then lost against Mike Matusow, who ended up winning the tournament for $750,000!

Barry Greenstein, was also eliminated by Matusow, talked about Viktor Blom's late appearance in a video interview last Thursday. Greenstein told the interviewer that it took a PokerStars Team Pro manager over an hour to locate him. Blom had last been seen with Tom Dawn and security had to help the manager to check their rooms/suites, because neither one of them responded. However, Blom was not found in any of the rooms so the manager came up with the bright idea to call a Swedish friend of Blom, who he knew was in Vegas. Luckily, the friend of Blom picked up the phone and informed him that Blom was sleeping in his room.

According to Greenstein, Blom and Tom Dwan had been playing high-stakes Chinese poker until 10 in the morning. In other words, that was the reason Blom was still sleeping. Greenstein also revealed that the three of them had been playing Open Faced Chinese Poker for amounts in line with the high-stakes games in Macao, China, during the 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. However, he didn't say who won and lost big in those battles.

source: highstakesdb & pokermagazine

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11 comments on "Greenstein Reveals Why Viktor Blom Was 25 Minutes Late For The National HU Poker Championship"

 Fakiry28/01/2013 12:46:29 GMT
Blom got late for a tourney because of being sleeping due to be playing until late hours on another place? This must be very common among poker pros, perhaps not that common is the fact of one of them being asleep. Just hope that the chinese session brought him some profits, if not it just cost him a bit more than he lost at the tables, as he also went out early on this HU Championship. Tough decisions...
 bullettooth128/01/2013 12:58:21 GMT
Yeah, i guess if he made a mint at Chinese poker i doubt the prospect of winning $750,000 would be much motivation to get out of bed. He probably lost that in one hand and not even flinched. Crazy the amount of money these guys throw around.
 leking128/01/2013 17:17:11 GMT
i do know that this is probably not uncommon for poker players, but still.... when you are so fortuned too play poker for living and get a sponsorship, the please live up too a minimum of meet at the right time when people depend on it!!!
still love bloom as a player
 pinku13529/01/2013 06:53:18 GMT
Good day everyone Smile
its just really common thing for these players and i feel blom made a very good amount of profits at the chinese poker ...i think these players lack a lot of sleep due their schedule they create ... they tend to play a lot of poker !! that too with huge amounts of cash !! they are fortunate enough to do so ... !!

Good luck at the tables Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
 boghy_sen29/01/2013 07:10:43 GMT
but if he arive after 2 hours ?
all players have to wait for him?
 Sorin88829/01/2013 07:36:31 GMT
Daniel Cates made probably best description of what kind of a player Isildur is... Wants to win, just for the sake of winning, doesn't think about the money, variance or bankroll management. I respect drive to win, competetive spirit, but if you cant be winning player in terms of money then you aren't really a winner, after all that's the only criteria at the end of the day...
 Mysik8629/01/2013 07:51:56 GMT
Heh, before I read this news, I thought, that he was late in cause of spending nice time with ladies Smile But he only sleep!
 Fakiry29/01/2013 13:42:51 GMT
In football players know that winning the national championship will give them a certain honour and prize, winning the continental championship will give even more respect and winning the world championship will turn them into respectable ones, no matter if it's made through their national team or their local team. And there's no one rich enough to form a new team and challenge them for a side game valuing tons of dollars to see who wins that. And, in poker, this things happen, and that's why Blom got asleep!
 Greenmohave30/01/2013 00:46:00 GMT
So ol boy was out on the town partying up with his buds and almost blewit ay. Or, I guess from the way it sounds they wait for players like Blom to show up before they start playing or televising it. Just wished I could have watched it! I'll get to see it, but it won't be for a month or so. They need to have more live play televised.
 remco250430/01/2013 08:48:14 GMT
He prob won or lost more playing those Chinese poker cash games then the amount Matasow won for the whole tournament

So weird ...these guys travel all around the world playing these tournaments with huge first prizes.Then they go there in the casino's and play cash games for millions at a time that make even the first prize of the tournaments seem peenuts.
 Terroreffekt30/01/2013 11:56:52 GMT
WoW wait 25 minutes for the player and then begin the tournament. Seems to be really important that he at least in the first heads-up because it is being filmed. And it was not even transferred to Germany so I could not even watch the show.
Wish you good luck in your games!

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