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Swede Scoops Another
|On the cusp of greatness
Just hours after winning his first major online title, Viktor "Isildur1" Blom has clinched another, this time in the $530 rebuy event.
The tournament's $400,000 guarantee attracted 486 players and once their 1,104 top-ups had been counted, the prizepool stood at $800,000.
From the start of the second day the winner looked to be only one person: Blom. Starting the day third in chips, he tore his way through the field to emerge as the final table chip leader.
Buoyed by his win the previous day, the Swede played a typically aggressive game, losing the chip lead before regaining his position.
In the blink of an eye the Swede was left battling with “Ruxandescu” for the title. A rocky start left him fighting to survive but his class soon began to show. Eventually "Isildur1" broke his opponent and scooped $160,000.
|Victory Number Two for Blom
Honourable SCOOP mentions also go to PokerStrategists – who finished 9th in the same event for $17,600 – and Martin Finger who took 5th in Event #5 for $69,825.
WSOP for the PlayersThis year’s WSOP is all about the players as the organisers have not only revamped their reward system, but ensured that everyone gets their moment in the spotlight.
For players attending this year’s Series, a new loyalty programme will ensure that you get the most bang for your buck. Instead of food vouchers, players will now have “Reward Credits” added to their TR card.
Points can be accrued through WSOP satellites, WSOP events and daily deep stack tournaments at the Rio. They can then be exchanged for tournament entry fees, food, hotel rooms, entertainment and more.
Extra gifts aren’t the only innovation at this year’s WSOP. In conjunction with ESPN, the WSOP will be broadcast on US television.
Starting July 3rd, viewers will be able to watch the $1 million One Drop Tournament, as well as the Main Event.
Cody’s Latest Adventures
|Cody hot tub grinding
Like a true poker player he describes missing not one but two flights, before catching a third to Berlin for the EPT.
After busting the event he couldn’t book a return flight home, so, like a balla, he stayed for a week and headed straight to Monte Carlo.
With the tournaments out of the way it was back to sunny Leeds for Jake to take delivery of his new hot tub.
In a bid to become a fully fledged poker boss, Jake found some time to grind a few tournaments on his iPad from the comfort of his hot tub.
To read even more ridiculous tales from Jake, check out his entire blog post.
High Stakes CornerThe WSOP $1 million event added another world-class player to its line-up yesterday in the shape of Sam Trickett.
The UK player announced his involvement via Twitter, saying: “@Samtrickett1: Just sent my form off to register for the $1m buy in tournament. Now I’m excited for the WSOP..........."
The UK pro will join an elite roster of pros, including Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Patrik Antonius and Tom Dwan. He’ll also get the chance to battle some well-funded amateurs such as Guy Laliberte and Phil Ruffin.
|Trickett is putting his winnings to good use.