Tom ‘Durr’ Dwan and Viktor Blom Join New Team
By AdFeatures | Thursday, November 01, 2012, 12:15
On the 15th of October the news broke that Dwan and Blom had joined fellow poker pro Gus Hanson on the newly formed Full-Tilt poker (FTP) team, called ‘The Professionals’. Both players are respected high stakes players with very aggressive and unpredictable styles. Full-Tilt poker, who are expected to re-launch their website in early November now have very strong players ready to be the face of the company. They are also some of the most popular players in the poker world and should inject new life back into Full-Tilt.
Tom Dwan was previously sponsored by Full-Tilt before the company went under investigation in 2011. He recently spoke out on the popular two-plus-two forum, saying that he was bound by a non-disclosure clause and that he felt that it wasn’t right for him to address some issues while not addressing the most important. He went on to give his view on what went wrong and stated that “if FTP doesn’t pay, I’ll pay back everything I was paid. I dunno the best way to do this but it’ll be a very transparent process.” Dwan also spoke out about his view on Howard Lederer and the player funds that are due to be returned, all of which helped clear the air, but it may not be the last time that he is asked about the ordeal. On signing his new deal with Full-Tilt, Dwan announced “I’m very excited that Full Tilt Poker is re-launching. I think it is great for poker and I’m excited to be a part of it”. His winnings at the site, which amount to nearly $2.5million, certainly suggest that he is very comfortable playing at FTP.
Viktor Blom who has frequently went head to head with Dwan, commented about joining the team: “I always loved playing on the Full-Tilt Poker Software, it is where I made my name and enjoyed some of my greatest victories. When they approached me about joining the team I knew this was the right fit for me”. The Swedish high stakes player is well known by his online tag ‘Isildur1’, but since he started playing against some of the biggest names in poker, such as Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius he has been catapulted into stardom. Blom has had a rollercoaster career and because of his loose and aggressive style he can expect bigger swings in funds. At one stage he reportedly has a bankroll of only $2000 in 2008, but managed to build it up to $1.4 million. In December of 2010 Blom became a member of the www.pokerstars.co.uk Pro team and started playing more live tournaments. Earlier this year he won the first live tournament of his career at the Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure, winning over $1 million. The two now look forward to battling it out on the new site and they will certainly attract new players to the site.