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As One Finn Rises, Another Falls - Patrik Antonius & Ilari Sahamies

by Omar

From rags to riches to rags once again, such is the life of a high stakes cash game poker player. When observing the nosebleed games on Full Tilt Poker, it is not uncommon to see the equivalent of a hard working person’s annual paycheck change hands from one hand to the next, with the turning of each card. As such, when someone is running well, the world can be their oyster. However, when things are going badly, they can really go badly.

Such is the case for pro Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies whose November was one of the worst months in his online poker career. For the month, Sahamies lost an astonishing $1.3 million. Things have been so bad for the pro that he even took to his blog to announce that this is the worst time of his poker career. In the past, he has been quite consistent, never posting a losing year since 2007. That has all gone up in smoke with just 1 month to go as he is down $1.9 million for 2010. He still has time to regroup and come back, but one must wonder what kind of hit this is giving his confidence level.

Playing primarily Pot-Limit Omaha the entire month, he took turns losing large sums to Dan Cates and the previously ice cold Gus Hansen.

While Sahamies sunk, fellow Finnish pro Patrik Antonius has had a fantastic November, earning more than $1.2 million in the same time period, mostly against IHateJuice playing $2K/$4K limit hold ‘em.

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