I'll make a deal if I get all the money and you pay me some more!
(PRWEB) January 19, 2009
llari Sahamies, the mighty "Ziigmund" online, just made the biggest tournament score of his career in the Helsinki Freezeout, the largest poker tournament ever held in Finland. Ilari came second in the main event of the series after his pocket nines were no match to Jani Valkeinen's pocket aces in the last hand heads up. Jani Valkeinen made the grand prize of 201,096 euros while Ilari got 125,126 euros for his efforts.
Ilari's professional career started at the Helsinki Grand Casino some years ago, so it would have been more than fitting if he had scored his first ever tournament win in the same place, but it was not to be.
As heads up play was about to start, Jani asked his famous opponent:
"I suppose you're not interested in a deal?" to which Ilari answered, true to his style and tongue firmly in cheek: "I'll make a deal if I get all the money and you pay me some more!" In the end Jani didn't have to cough up any more, though, instead he walked away with 201,096 euros tax free, surely a life changing sum for this young player.
The main event of the Helsinki Freezeout was a sell out, attracting 224 players who put up 3000 euros each for a total prize pool of 638,400 euros. Most of Finland's top players were present, including Sami Kelopuro ("LarsLuzak" online), Juha Helppi and Thomas Wahlroos.
The final table of the tournament was played on January 16th at the Grand Casino.
Ilari Sahamies, better known as "Ziigmund" online, is one of the most popular online players today. Railbirds always flock to the tables when he's playing, hoping to see another great show by one of the toughest players around. They are rarely disappointed, because with Ilari's aggressive style comes huge wins but also huge swings, and his blow ups in the table chat after bad losses have become legendary.
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