Viktor isildur1 Blom is no longer Team PokerStars Pro

15 August 2012

 The title of this press release says it all. Yesterday afternoon. Eric Hollreiser himself, head of corporate communications a PokerStars said that Viktor "Isildur1" Blom and PokerStars had mutually decided not to renew the sponsorship contract which bound both parties.

"In the short time that Viktor has as a poker player, he has faced the best players in the higher and harder limits there are" said Hollreiser.

"It's hard to think of any other player who has had gripped the poker world as Viktor has done since a young age. We continue to follow with great interest. We have only wishes for him. "

In his part, "Isildur1" also made brief remarks regarding the announcement:

"I thoroughly enjoyed this time as a member of Team PokerStars Pro. Best wishes to everyone in the company. Now I just want to focus on playing poker. "

Recall that the Swedish player was introduced as a new member of Team PokerStars Pro in the PCA 2011, a little over eighteen months. At this time, the deeds, headlines, and countless filled pages that have been dedicated to the Swedish player. From SuperStars Showdown in which he faced players like Isaac Haxton (the only one who beat him twice), huge pots and sessions that we had used in the toughest tables of PLO, when he achieved victory in two consecutive tournaments of SCOOP, adding earnings to his bankroll totaling $407,000, until his victory in Super High Roller in the PCA this year. No doubt, PokerStars loses the players that revolutionized online poker as we know it.

While the specific reasons beyond this statements were not disclosed, it is equally true that the conjecture and comments already begun. This is not the first time there was speculation that Viktor Blom could leave Pro Team late last year, when he was three months without appearing at the online tables, and the first comments came forward that this could happen.

As we say, there are a thousand conjectures. Some believe that the accumulated downswing this year, one of the biggest losers in the nosebleeds ($ 1.5 million) has ended his bankroll, others believe that simply wants to play for free on Full Tilt Poker now that will be reopen ... We don’t know, everyone is free to think what they want, as happens in football, or many other things.

The truth is that despite what we think social networks have not done much echo the announcement. We refer mainly to his teammates and other professional poker players. We expected some comment from players like Negreanu, Phil Galfond or any of these, but the truth is that nobody has commented on this issue. Well, someone has done so. William Reynolds, who is very active lately in social networks, he has posted a comment:


Finally, we will have to wait and see what happens in the future. If we still see him at PokerStars, or if we have to wait for the reopening of FTP, or even if we see him wearing the colors of another room ... Let’s see ... For sure, he will do what he pleases. That’s, who he is…


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