This one is a little unexpected.
PokerStars and Viktor ‘isildur1′ Blom have parted ways.
Stars was looking for a high-stakes superstar after being unable to secure Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan (despite presenting a better offer than Full Tilt) back in November 2009. So enter isildur1, the Swedish nosebleed sensation. Amid much hoopla, fan-fare, and build-up, Blom singed with PokerStars in December 2010.
Eric Hollreiser, Corporate Communications head at Stars, told PokerNews that “Blom and the company mutually agreed not to renew” his sponsorship agreement…which usually means PokerStars wasn’t happy with some aspects of Blom’s performance or personality, so cut bait.
Or maybe Stars is recalibrating their budgets to bring on other high-stakes superstars like Gus Hansen and Patrik Antonius.
Read more about Blom’s departure here.
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