Viktor Blom and Ilari Sahamies built their poker legends upon playing in the highest stakes that Full Tilt Poker had to offer. Unfortunately, the days of juicy Full Tilt cash games are long gone, and the nosebleeds at PokerStars aren’t as popular as they used to be.
This motivated Blom and Sahamies to both make rare tournament stops recently.
Sahamies visited the 2017 Kings of Tallinn poker festival in Estonia last month. Along with fellow Finnish grinder Jens ‘Jeans89’ Kyllönen, who also doesn’t make many tourney stops, Sahamies observed the action and helped boost the side cash scene.
Thanks to he, Kyllönen, and other notable pros, cash game stakes grew to €200/€400, which is rare for a small country like Estonia (approx. 1.33 million).
According to PokerListings, other big names at Kings of Tallinn included November Niner/Norwegian Felix Stephensen, and Finland’s Juha Helppi.
None of the big names made it deep into the Main Event, which was fine by Finland’s Matias Knaapinen, who won the tournament and €45,007.
As for Blom, he visited the Unibet Poker Open in London this month. The Swedish poker pro participated in Unibet’s big cash game and also played the Battle Royale Sit & Go. Overall, Blom said that he had a good time in the event.
“It’s a good vibe and atmosphere here and I’m just enjoying myself,” Blom said. “I’m having a good time. The people I play are a bit different than who I play usually and that’s good.”
Blom is more active than Sahamies online these days, but he still admits that the action hasn’t been great.
“Online has been really slow lately,” he told PokerNews. “I’ve been playing some but the games haven’t been good.”
‘Isildur1’ also said that he moved from London back to Sweden and lives in a rural area that’s free of big nightclubs and other distractions.
“It’s good where I live now; there aren’t as many distractions. It’s a really small place: no clubs, no bars, nothing like that anymore. I just enjoy my time with friends and family now and don’t do as much partying anymore. I used to do that a lot, but slowed down.”
As for the future, Blom plans on sticking to online poker rooms to avoid Sweden’s high taxes on live players. He’s also thinking about playing in the 2017 WSOP – something he hasn’t done in a while.
“I would like to play the World Series of Poker Main Event because I’ve not played that in recent years,” said Blom. “That’s one thing I would like to play this year.”