9/8/09 – Ilari ‘Ziigmund' Sahamies was back at the high stakes online poker tables with a vengeance over the weekend, enjoying a profitable run mainly at the expense of one of the world's top players, Phil Ivey.
According to statistics from the independent information site MarketPulse, Sahamies has prevailed on two consecutive nights, making close to half a million dollars in tense heads up encounters with Ivey.
In a clash that lasted over 187 hands, the Finnish ace ended up $270 000 ahead in the first confrontation, and Ivey's attempt to recover on the following night at Full Tilt was abandoned after 97 hands and just over half-an-hour with Ivey down a further $200 000. The largest pot on Sunday was worth $165 000, which went to Sahamies.
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And talking about high stakes cash game poker action, the popular Poker After Dark television program is currently running its second season in the United States with audience-pulling names like Sahamies, Ivey, Dwan, Antonius and Lederer all buying in for $100 000 apiece for the $200/$400 action. Sahamies's style of aggressive and often voluble poker, showcased on Poker After Dark for the first time, will be especially interesting.
Samahies is not new to television, having previously played on the High Stakes Poker program flighted by GSN where he did not fare well – all the more reason for a more focused and truculent approach on PAD.
Poker fans will have to be nightowls to enjoy the new season, which runs over five consecutive nights at just after two in the early morning hours.