Sunday Briefing: Viktor Blom Wins PokerStars Sunday Grand PLO

Viktor Blom
  • Viktor "Isildur1" Blom found himself in the winner's circle at PokerStars on Sunday, banking $30,199.

Viktor “Isildur1” Blom may be better known for his high stakes cash game exploits, but the Swedish sensation continued to prove that he knows his way around a poker tournament by taking down one of the toughest tournaments found online.

Blom was one of 149 entrants in the $1,050 Sunday Grand PLO tournament at PokerStars on Oct. 8, a six-max event that saw $149,000 paid out to the top 19 finishers. Greece’s “MITS 304” was the unfortunate bubble boy and his exit cleared the way for the likes of Jason “jakoon1985” Koon, Joao “IneedMassari” Simao, Alex “Ahhh Is It?” Lindoff and Brian “brianm15” England to make it into the money, the latter falling in seventh place to narrowly miss out on a final table spot.

Brazil’s Yuri “theNERDguy” Martins was the first casualty of the official final table and he was followed to the rail by Canada’s “ruthless848,” Russia’s Vladimir “vovtroy” Troyanovskiy and then Macao-based Australian Martin “nizmo jiz” Kozlov.

Heads-up saw “YOUYOU777” of Lebanon take on Blom and it was the hyper-aggressive Swede who eventually emerged victorious to get his hands on the $30,199 first place prize, resigning his final opponent to the $22,542 runner-up prize.

$1,050 Sunday Grand PLO Final Table Results

1Viktor “Isi8ldur1” Blom”Sweden$30,199
3Martin “nizmo jiz” KozlovMacao$16,826
4Vladimir “vovtroy” TroyanovskiyRussia$12,559
6Yuri “theNERDguy” MartinsBrazil$6,998

The biggest online poker tournament cash of the weekend went to Finland’s “Kesjan” courtesy of him taking down the $215 Sunday Million. The Finn outlasted 5,831 opponents to secure a $157,485 payout while his heads-up opponent, “enigma2018”, banked $110,514 for finishing second.

Some of the other notable victories at PokerStars this weekend included:

$700 Super-Sized SundayLaurynas “LaurisL91” Levinskas$66,801*
$215 Sunday Warm-UpSENSIMIL1$43,357
$1,050 Sunday Grand NLHEBrian “brianm15” England$43,234
$215 Sunday Supersonicsoufian-070$34,597
$215 Bounty BuilderDiego “Mr.Bittar” Bittar$28,392*
$109 Bounty Buildergronnegronn$25,106*
$109 Sunday CooldownBjorn “kleath” Kleathersson$21,033
Big $215BuddyAces2$17,963
Hot $215RhoNin9$16,909
Hot $109Daniel “ShippityShip” Nielson$16,309
$109 Sunday Kickoffmisi814$14,446
Hot $162KNLv$14,412
Big $109Rodrigo “Terao90” Terao$12,485
$109 Sunday Wrap-Upbrianjk$7,466
$109 Bubble RushProBelgian$7,363
Hot $162allin62760$6,945
$109 Sunday StarterDurrden$5,860
Big $162Alexander “Schildy1984” Debus$4,959

*Includes bounty payouts

Over to 888poker where Ireland’s “callylally” walked away with the $26,819 first place prize in the $100,000 Baby Whale. The tournament attracted 293 players who all paid $320 to create a $138,600 prize pool. The United Kingdom had four players at the final table, including the UK-based German star Dominik “888Dominik” Nitsche who finished fifth for $7,900.

This victory comes almost exactly a month after "callylally" reached the final table of the $100,000 Mega Deep. On that occasion, the Irish grinder busted in fifth place for a $5,880 score.

Check out these other 888poker victories from Oct. 8:

$100,000 Mega DeepStreusalz$19,731
$60,000 Sunday ChallengeSkallePer58$12,361
$40,000 Turbo Mega DeepTi0373$8,700
$30,000 Sunday CrocodileNEONTIGER$6,450
$20,000 Sunday Lightning 6-MaxMatas “SeRG3nT” Cimbolas$6,168
$20,000 Sunday TornadoMechaREcorta$4,600

Over at partypoker, the $215 Title Fight, which recently saw its guarantee doubled to $500,000, missed the guarantee by almost $55,000, and Dimitri “Gringenkov” Gringenkov took full advantage of the added cash. Gringenkov, who hails from Brazil, usually plays mid-stakes tournaments but took a shot at the Title Fight and what a decision that was. After almost 13 hours of play, Gringenkov got his hands on the $83,500 first place prize, with “Alien_Army” collecting $58,850 for his runner-up finish.

$215 Title Fight Final Table Results

1Dimitri “Gringenkov” Gringenkov$83,500

Some of the other big wins at partypoker included:

$100K Gtd Super High RollerStikeeez$51,725
$150K Gtd High RollerRingelStink$34,190
$150K Gtd Main EventDerek Dumpster$31,452
$100K Gtd High Rollermadridgalaxy$29,877
$100K Gtd Title Fight Warm Upmateee$29,452
$50K Gtd Weigh-Inneedplacebo1$11,088
$40K Gtd DragoBogdanCapitan$8,972
$30K Gtd Title Fight IIRactigons7$8,188
$30K Gtd Main Event IIjosef_Shvejk$6,248
$25K Gtd ClubberMommyTosier$4,715

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