One year ago, Viktor Blom showed up for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller tournament. He had not yet officially revealed himself to be the mysterious Isildur1, but his participation in the tournament unofficially confirmed to plenty of people that he was the mysterious Swede.
This year, Blom once again used the PCA Super High Roller to make a statement, this time to say that his live game is just as deadly as his online one. Blom defeated a field of 29 tough opponents to notch his first major victory as well as $1,254,400. The Swedish 21 year-old bested longtime pro Dan Shak heads-up for the title and bragging rights as the first big winner of 2012.
Blom was one of eight players who returned for the final table of the Super High Roller event on Saturday. Three of those players went home empty-handed, while the rest earned a payday of at least $250,900. Humberto Brenes, who cashed in this event in 2011, was the first player to hit the rail, busting in eighth shortly after action began. Mike McDonald followed suit, leaving six players trying to avoid being the unfortunate bubble boy.
That dubious honor went to Scott Seiver, who ran into a cooler of a hand where he picked up pocket jacks against the start of day chip leader Galen Hall. Hall dominated the early action at the final table, but once the bubble burst, the stacks began to shift. Blom started to ascend up the counts by eliminating last year’s Super High Roller runner-up Daniel Negreanu in fifth place, then took the chip lead when he busted Jonathan Duhamel in fourth. The two got it all-in on a flop of J75 with Duhamel holding J6 for top pair to Blom’s AQ for overcards and the nut flush draw. Blom turned the flush, Duhamel got no help on the river, and Duhamel was done. The 2010 WSOP Main Event winner was one of two players who rebought into the tournament. Even with the rebuy, Duhamel still profited $113,600.
Blom was the dominant chip leader during three-handed action, while Hall slipped down the counts. Hall took a stand with pocket nines, but Blom had him dominated with pocket aces and Hall exited in third place. That left Shak and Blom heads-up with Blom holding a nearly 3-2 chip lead. He extended that chip lead to nearly 7-1 before the tournament drew to a close. On the final hand of play, Shak shoved all-in on a 976Q board. Blom called with KQ for top pair. Shak needed help holding A5 for a gutshot straight draw/flush draw. The 4 on the river made it official: Blom was the winner.
It is only the second cash for the young Swede, who still spends most of his time playing online cash games. The Team PokerStars Pro may have one night to celebrate, but he will likely be back in action for Day 1B of the PCA Main Event on Sunday.
Here are the results from the 2012 $100,000 buy-in PCA Super High Roller:
1st: Viktor Blom – $1,254,400
2nd: Dan Shak – $846,700
3rd: Galen Hall – $470,400
4th: Jonathan Duhamel – $313,600
5th: Daniel Negreanu – $250,900
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