The high-stakes swings built up a lot of tension in the last couple of days and now Viktor “Isildur1” Blom is seen as the poker villain by most professionals who play the highest limits in online poker.
It all started during a heads-up display between Daniel “jungleman12” Cates and Blom. Cates was steaming and started throwing heavy words in the chat, calling the Swede “scum.” “Pay your debt scumbag,” Cates said at one point.
Cates admitted that he was tilted in a Card Player interview, but didn’t back down when it came to Blom’s debts. “He owes me like a little over $100,000, but he’s been making some small payments here and there,” Cates explained in the interview.
Moreover, he spoke of “Isildur1” deliberately using his timebank in paying his debt although he has the necessary bankroll to do that as we all have witnessed in the last couple of weeks. “He owes other people money as well. He owed me money first. I stopped loaning him money or whatever…It’s a complicated situation,” Cates added.
The no-limit expert also called the Swede “kind of a degenerate” who doesn’t use a poker tracker or study the game.
The heated discussions continued as Pot Limit Omaha expert Ola “no_Ola” Amundsgard joined the action. After being provoked by Blom to take all his money, Amundsgard had a very interesting reply that could have revealed to the poker world some insights on how much money the Swede is currently making from his Full Tilt Poker sponsorship. “How can you go broke? You get 180k freeroll per month,” “no_Ola” told him in the chat.
Later, after losing to the PLO expert, “Isildur1,” visibly shaken by his run, wrote, “I’m giving up poker.” Amundsgard advised him acidly to borrow another $100,000 and return to the tables. Of course, hours later, Blom forgot all about what he said and was right back in the action.
Online poker legend Phil Galfond also started an interesting discussion, this time away from the tables, after losing $1.4 million in the last five days. He tweeted out asking his friends what would be the best way to make all that money back. Tom Dwan promptly answered joking about how things are done in Macau: “In Macau the standard way to get even is bacarrat.” Any other ideas?