Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies Biography

Ilari 'Ziigmund' SahamiesIlari Sahamies was in 1983 in Helsinki, Finland. As a youngster he was very good at sports, particularly excelling in soccer, diving and wrestling. However when he got into his teenage years his interest shifted to the game of billiards and yet again he excelled as he won the Finnish Junior Championships twice. It was around this time that Sahamies first became interested in poker after watching a television show about Texas Hold’em. After discussing seeing the program with his friends at the billiard halls he found himself invited to a home game – which turned out to be Patrik Antonius’ home and to this day they remain close friends.

After getting a taste of the game Sahamies was hooked and wanted to play as often as he could and he even began skipping school in order to play. He managed to graduate however but instead of going on to college he began frequenting the Grand Casino Helsinki where he became a regular in the $5/$5 Pot-Limit Omaha cash games.

By 2002 Sahamies was crushing the cash-games at the Grand Casino Helsinki and it was around this time that he discovered online poker. He proceeded to create accounts at several online poker sites such as PokerStars and sites on the Prima Poker network and began playing in the $50 buy-in No-Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha cash-games. After winning a few buy-ins Sahamies would move up in stakes which led to him going broke several times. Despite this he always managed to get back on track and he would play at multiple tables for as much as 15 hours per day, with his very aggressive style proving successful. In fact he became so successful in the games that he often found it difficult to get a game due to his fierce reputation.

In 2006 Sahamies created an account on Full Tilt Poker using the alias ‘Ziigmund’. At this time the biggest cash games available on Full Tilt Poker were the $25/$50 and $50/$100 No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha games which he became a fixture in. He was battling daily against the best cash-game players such as Phil Ivey, Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan, Phil ‘OMGClayAiken’ Galfond, and many others. He soon made a name for himself and drew the railbirds with his famous chat-box antics, and even played the games drunk many times. There are no records of his results in 2006, but in 2007 he recorded a total loss on Full Tilt Poker of $1.2 million, and in 2008 he recorded an overall profit of $1.6 million, however 2009 was his stand out year to date.

In 2009 Sahamies appeared on poker television shows ‘High Stakes Poker’ and the ‘2009 NBC National Heads-Up Championships’. He also finished second in the €2,850 buy-in Main Event at the Helsinki Poker Championships for €125,000 after losing heads-up to Jani Valkeinen. He also travelled to Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker however he only entered one poker tournament (the $10k Pot-Limit Omaha event) and couldn’t get entry to the WSOP Main Event because it was sold out. Instead of participating in WSOP events, Sahamies was playing in the high-stakes cash-games at Bobby’s Room against players such as Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan, Patrik Antonius, and many others. During his stay in Las Vegas playing at Bobby’s Room he played two of the largest hands of his life. The pot he won was worth a staggering $1.7 million, meanwhile the pot he lost was worth a mind-blowing $2.4 million with Patrik Antonius being the winner of it despite them running it twice. He also took on Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan in London for the Million Dollar Challenge where he lost $68,000 after playing 500 hands of Pot-Limit Omaha, had high-profile sessions against Isildur1, launched his own online poker community –, and became the sponsored pro representing PowerPoker. It was also a great year online as he finished it with a total profit of $3 million.

2010 wasn’t such a great year for Sahamies however. Despite being up $3.2 million by March, he had a terrible downswing towards the end of the year which left him finishing the year with losses of around $2 million. The downswing was so severe that Sahamies has even been contemplating quitting poker, feeling that he has lost his ability to play, however he doubt that will happen this action junkie.

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