Viktor Blom/Isildur1 to face tax troubles in Sweden?

Viktor Blom/Isildur1 to face tax troubles in Sweden?

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Isildur1 had always been unwilling to reveal his identity to the public during his epic run on Full Tilt Poker when he took on the likes of Patrik Antonius, Phil Ivey and mostly Tom “durrrr” Dwan before losing his $5m bankroll to Brian Hastings.

Now PokerStars have revealed him as Viktor Blom, the latest addition to their roster of Team Pros. However, this could cost the 20-year-old a hefty sum as Sweden’s taxman apparently wants a word. So what does this gangly, barely-out-of-his-teens young man owe? Oh, just $149,000,000 or so.

How is this possible? Well, according to Swedish tax law, every bet – win or lose – is taxed. During the hundreds of thousands of hands he played at Full Tilt Poker, Blom wagered several hundred million dollars in order to get that $5m profit. That’s how poker works, after all. Full Tilt Poker is a non-EU site and therefore subject to taxation.

Erik Boman, a spokesperson for the Swedish tax agency, said: "Internet poker is something we're looking into and I know this poker player, but I can't comment on whether we've opened a case."

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