Swedish Mystery Player “Isuldur1” Unveiled

by Lou on January 10, 2011

For months those in the know were speculating that Isildur1, the  nosebleed-stakes mystery poker player known only by his screen name—a guy who won millions and lost millions in long, overnight sessions on more than one occasion—was 20-year-old Swede Viktor Blum.  Now  PokerStars confirmed it, and one of poker’s worst kept secret is public knowledge.

PokerStars announced the identity of their newest sponsored player during the $10,000 main event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and Blom made joined fellow Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier for a $10,000 heads-up match.

Isildur1 burst onto the scene in 2009, and his true identity has been the subject of speculation at the nosebleed tables, where he routinely won and lost seven-figure sums in single sessions.

Although Blom didn’t take any questions at his introduction, he did supply answers to some questions.

Is it a relief to finally reveal your identity? I think a lot of people have known for a long time who I really am, so it doesn’t make a big difference to me. But when I signed for PokerStars I felt like it was the right time to reveal my identity.

What unique qualities will you bring to Team PokerStars Pro? I think I am the best online heads-up no-limit Hold’em player in the world but I’m looking forward to learning a lot from the other Team Pros and helping them with their games too.

How will this unveiling affect your future action? I will now be playing lots of EPT events and I really want to focus and win one in 2011. I also think I’ll have some great SuperStar Showdown matches at PokerStars now that people know who I really am.

Who do you respect the most on Team PS Pro? Daniel Negreanu and Johnny Lodden.

What did you do to improve your game? Nothing—I just lose a lot and that helps me learn (laughing).

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