Phil has chaired and emceed poker charity events that have raised over $20.4 million for charity. He is a longstanding poker tournament host and emcee for fundraising galas sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Eva Longoria’s “Eva’s Heroes” event, which raises money to enrich the lives of people with special needs, the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Ante Up For Africa, and Shimon Peres’ Peace Thru Sports Foundation. In 2010, Phil visited US troops in the Middle East on a USO Tour. Phil and his wife actively give to Heifer International, an organization that benefits developing villages in the world’s poorest countries with livestock, poultry and grain: He would like you to visit them at: HeiferInternational.org.
I really don’t know what to do about Viktor Blom. It’s not like I actually know the man, but as a big part of my life now seems to be following him around the internet, I feel partially responsible for him playing high stakes poker in front of us, entertaining the rail like a performing seal. I’m against circuses on principle, and I’m feeling torn over the morality of following Viktor, who gives us great entertainment, at the general cost of both his dignity and his bankroll. The main difference I guess between Viktor and a performing seal is that fact Viktor can reason, and is a human being. That and I’m sure he can explain the odds of hitting a back door flush while holding rags. Who am I kidding? Following Viktor is great fun, and lets me write pretentious rubbish like the stuff above everyday! After his “disapointing” day on Friday (disappointing in the same way Harold felt after the battle of Hastings) Viktor seemed to be taking it easy yesterday, and only played 444 hands, spread over NLHE, PLO and 2-7TD. Viktor’s first action was at the $200/$400 $16k Cap PLO 6-Max tables, and his first session earned him a $23,916 profit against long term winner, yet relative unknown “ronnyr37617.” The session lasted 95 hands, and about half an hour, and it was nice to see Viktor turn a profit at PLO after the mess of the day before. Viktor did play another 11 hands of PLO later in the day, but at the much lower blind level of $100/$200. In this second session, Viktor dropped $5,900. In a short 4 hand session at a $1.5k/$3k 2-7TD 6-Max table, Viktor managed to pick up and extra $28,498‘s worth of pocket change. At this point, his day took a turn for the worse. Most of Viktor’s action for Saturday was at the NLHE tables, and was against German Isildur1 Watch regular “SanIker.” It seems that NLHE was not being kind to Viktor, and he ended up dropping $212,875 to the high stakes regular. The session only lasted 334 hands at the $500/$1000 $30k cap tables, and was over in just under an hour. We have some of the big hands in the video below:
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