Ilari Sahamies has set the record for winning the biggest pot ever recorded on the PokerStars felt. The pot was worth a record $428,000 and took place at the Pot Limit Omaha $200/$400 deep stacked tables.
The icing on the cake is that he also won the second biggest pot of all-time at PokerStars in the same session worth $283,000.
The Finnish player popularly known as Ziigmund on Full Tilt Poker now goes by the moniker “Ilari FIN” on PokerStars.
The biggest pot took place in a 6 handed game with Ilari FIN opening the pot to $1,400 in the cutoff. Skjervoy, PokerStars’ biggest winner for the year, called on the button and Bernard-bb completed from the small blind to put the pot at a mere $4,600 when the Ks2h3s flop fell.
At this point, Bernard-bb was sitting on just under $200,000, Ilari had about $250,000 in his stack and Skjervoy was short with just $30,000 remaining.
Bernard-bb checked, Ilari FIN bet the pot, Skjervoy raised to $18,000, Bernard-bb flat called as did Ilari to see the turn. The turn brought the 9h and was checked around to Skjervoy who shoved in his last $10,000. Then the action got really crazy with Bernard-bb check-raising to $91,000 in a move aimed at getting the Finn out of the action, but Sahamies made the call. The river brought the 3h and Bernard-bb shoved his remaining $85,000 stack into the already massive pot. Ilari FIN made the call to show down the nut flush with AhKh6h4c while Bernard-bb held AdAs7s2d. Ilari Sahamies’ gamble to capitalize on implied odds paid off and he is now the record holder for winning the largest pot on PokerStars.
The Return of Ziigmund
After a tough finish to 2010 and a recent rollercoaster ride, it looks like the legendary wild man of the high stakes world is back in the black and tilting all opponents in his path.
He played a marathon session for nearly 10 hours and came out ahead winning over half a million dollars. He put this year’s biggest PokerStars winner Skjervoy on tilt causing him to lose around $650,000. Despite this, Skjervoy is still the year’s biggest winner at PokerStars being up 1.5 million although we are sure he would rather forget yesterday’s horrific performance.
Ziigmund’s story is the opposite. Having dropped nearly $1 million this year, his game has been swinging wildly up and down. He has now battled back, erasing this huge deficit and is now up over $500,000 for the year.
Online railbirds and high stakes poker fans are ecstatic at Ilari Sahamies’ return to the world of high stakes online poker. He is popular for his trash talk and reckless play, making him one of the most interesting online players to watch.