It’s been the talk of the internet for the past few days as high-stakes cash game player Isildur1 revealed his face to the world and signed up to be an online poker pro for one of the largest sites in the business. Viktor Blom gets more than just a sweet endorsement deal at the site where he’s been playing in so-called “nosebleed” games for the last couple of years, however – he may just end up owing up to $149,000,00 in taxes to the Swedish government.
However, the claims seem tenuous at best as Sweden is specifically looking for online poker rooms that claim to be overseas but have a large presence in the country. The last time I checked, there were no Sweden-based online poker rooms, but that doesn’t prevent newspapers like Dagens Nyheter from speculating that Blom could owe more than the GDP for many third world nations.
Tax authorities refused to comment on whether Blom was in their sights, despite confirming the wide-ranging probe.
“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,” tax agency spokesperson Erik Boman said
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