Swedish pro Viktor Blom and PokerStars have made a mutual decision not to renew their existing sponsorship agreement, meaning one of the game’s most exciting young stars will no longer be on the Team PokerStars roster of pros.
The reasons behind the amicable departure are unclear, but both parties had nothing but kind words for each other, according to PokerNews.com. “I’ve enjoyed my time as a Team Pro and I wish everyone at PokerStars the best,” Blom said. “Now I just want to concentrate on playing poker.”
Eric Hollreiser, the head of corporate communications at PokerStars, praised the 21-year-old who created quite a buzz in the world of online poker upon bursting onto the scene just a few years ago. “In his short time as a poker player, Viktor has played against the biggest names in poker at the highest stakes in the toughest games,” Hollreiser said. “It’s hard to recall a player who has kept the poker world so riveted at such an early stage of his career. We’ll be watching with great interest and we wish him nothing but success.”
Blom signed on with PokerStars last year after making a name for himself by taking on big-name pros such as Gus Hansen, Tom Dwan and Patrick Antonius in heads-up matches at Full Tilt Poker’s high-stake tables. The action attracted a large number of railbirds who marveled at the young Swede’s fearlessness on the virtual felt. Blom has been involved in the ten biggest pots in the history of online poker–all at Full Tilt. Although his forte appeared to be cash games, Blom showed his prowess in online tournament action just a few months ago by winning back-to-back events in PokerStars’ Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) to the tune of more than $407,000.
The online phenom has made a successful transition from Internet to live play by taking home the championship in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, a $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller Tournament for $1,254,000 in January of this year. His most recent live cash was in Event No. 45 of the World Series of Poker this summer, finishing 14th in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for a payday of $105,235.
As one of the most watched players online, Blom is certain to entertain sponsorship offers from any number of online poker sites now that his PokerStars contract has expired.