The man purported to be the Swedish online poker sensation Isildur1, Viktor “blom30” Blom, has been sent packing from the European Poker Tour (EPT) Monte Carlo Grand Final. Blom, donning a pink and blue hoodie covering locks of reddish hair, was ousted at the hands of Leo Margets, the last woman standing in the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.
Blom committed his chips with pocket aces on a flop of 8-5-10, but Margets showed pocket tens for top set. Coverage found on the official website of PokerStars, the tournament’s sponsor, noted, “According to one eye-witness – Egill Einarsson who was sitting next to Blom – ‘He wasn’t very pleased.’” Margets stacked up 125,000 chips after the hand, which took place on the second of two starting days in the famed Monaco casino.
Blom opened the day seated alongside composed poker pro Mel Judah, a Season 2 World Poker Tour (WPT) champion. A total of 848 players registered when the two starting days were said and done, meaning that first place will pay out €1.7 million. The top 128 players will finish in the money, with a minimum payout of €15,000 up for grabs.
At the time of writing, Team PokerStars Pro member Humberto Brenes has just hit the rail in Monte Carlo, perhaps joining Blom for some high-stakes roulette. In his final hand, Brenes shoved with K-7 from the cutoff, but ran into K-Q. No help came for the wily tournament veteran on the five-card board and he was sent packing. Also departing was 2009 WSOP Main Event champ Joe Cada, whose pocket aces could not hold up against an opponent’s pocket nines after a nine hit on the turn.
Those near the top of the leaderboard at the time of writing on Day 2 include Russell “rdcrsn” Carson, 2003 WSOP Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker, Nick Schulman, Ross Boatman, Neil Channing, and Alexandre “Allingomes” Gomes.
In breaking news, there is action going on in the Durrrr Challenge! After 136 hands of play in a session on April 27th, Dwan is up $148,000, pushing his total winnings north of $2.1 million. Stay tuned to DurrrrChallenge.com for the latest.