Online poker may not be quite the same since the events of “Black Friday”, but there are still a handful of notable high stakes online poker pros grinding away, most notably the PokerStars sponsored Viktor Blom, also known as “Isildur1”. Blom is on something of a tear, having earned almost $200,000 in the last 24 hours.
According to online poker monitoring software, Blom is up $198,012 over the last 24 hours, thanks in no small part to a session against Phil Galfond.
Galfond, who has recently moved to Vancouver in Canada in a bid to continue plying his online poker trade after the “Black Friday” happenings, played a total of 3,826 hands at the $25 / $50 Pot Limit Omaha tables, dropping more than $175,000. The vast majority of those hands were played against Blom, who spent 26 hours solid at the PokerStars tables, playing 7,710 hands in all.
This marathon session is nothing usual for Viktor “Isildur1” Blom though; no stranger to lengthy games of online poker, Blom has now recorded over 275,000 hands at the PokerStars tables alone throughout 2011, racking up more than half a million dollars in total profits.
Phil Galfond hasn’t been the only victim of the latest Isldur1 hot streak though, as Blom played Norwegian pro Andreas “skjervoy” Torbergsen in a session lasting for 2,217 hands – also at the $25 / $50 Pot Limit Omaha tables – which resulted in profits of over $120,000 for the Swede.
Traditionally, the Autumn period is one of the busiest times for the high stakes online poker pros, but with Full Tilt Poker currently out of action and PokerStars closed to American players, it will be interesting to see what happens in the world of high stakes internet poker during the coming months.
One thing is for sure though – with Viktor “Isildur1” Blom at the tables, things are not going to be boring.