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Ilari Sahamies returns to Poker Tables

by Jeremy Olson on June 21, 2014

Finnish high stakes poker legend Ilari Sahamies isn’t as active in the game as he once was. So we didn’t really expect to see him at the 2014 WSOP this summer. But he does seem to have turned up his online play recently, grinding in a $100/$200 PLO session against Jacob Lottenice Rasmussen.

Unfortunately, the results weren’t exactly what he was hoping for after losing $100,000. That makes him the biggest loser of the week so far. On a positive note, though, he does seem to have improved his online poker winnings over the past year.

Sahamies started with $1.7 million in career profits at PokerStars in June of 2013. Fast-forward to now and he’s sitting at $2.1 million in winnings. For the most part, his play has been pretty steady over the past year, with one notable $400k spike in late January.

Does this mean that we might see a return of the brash Finn? That may be a lot to predict, given that Sahamies hasn’t really approached his glory days of the late 2000s. Playing under the name “Ziigmund” at Full Tilt, he amassed $6.8 million in career profits by the end of 2009. But like so many high stakes phenoms at the time, he’s seen his Full Tilt winnings fall rapidly down to just $150k in career profits. That said, it’s little surprise that he hasn’t played there since May of 2013.

But it’s pretty clear that Sahamies is back at PokerStars and slowly growing his bankroll. For the sake of poker entertainment, we can only hope that Sahamies continues his climb up the stakes and eventually becomes the outspoken force that he once was.


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