Jani Vilmunen


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Finnish pro-players decided to have a team poker challenge. Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies and Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius challenged Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro and Jani “KObyTAPOUT” Vilmunen for a huge heads-up match.

Antonius would face Kelopuro in NL Texas Hold’em.

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And Sahamies would face Vilmunen in pot-limit Omaha challenge.

If they would tie there would be a third match to decide the winner played by Antonius and Vilmunen in pot-limit Omaha.

The first match with Ziigmund and KObyTAPOUT was a fast one. KO got into a small chiplead and then they put all their money to the middle on the flop Ziigmund leading 51% to KO:s 49%. KO hit his hand on the turn and Ziigmund headed to the rail.

LarsLuzak got the early lead in the second match against Antonius and managed to get half of Patriks chips hitting two pairs. Antonius obviously was making a huge check-raise bluff on the turn risking hald of his stack – only to find Kelopuro moving all-in on him.

After a while Kelopuro got his money in nicely in front holding KJ against Patriks K2.. but the flop brought 224 and Patrik doubled up. The final hand was again both of them holding king-high – Kelopuro KQ and Antonius K9.. only this time Antonius didn’t get the 9 he was looking for.

So KObyTAPOUT and LarsLuzak win the bragging rights (and nice amount of money surely…)

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Brian “LucLongley” Hastings has been running very hot in pot-limit Omaha this month. Monday night was again very busy at Full Tilt Pokers big tables – Hastings booking again winnings worth $95.000 totaling his winnings from this month already up to $640.000! Hastings plays also under the nickname $tinger88 at PokerStars big games.

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Hastings has recently also joined team Full Tilt.

Di Dang aka. trex313 had a great evening at the Omaha tables – winning $295.000. But he has not been running as good as LucLongley earlier this month. After this nice session his total for the month is positive again – winnings worth $150.000.

Another player running hot on monday and this month is Finlands Jani Vilmunen aka. KObyTAPOUT booking $160.000 from monday and totalling his winnings up to $430.000.

Biggest losers in Omaha so far have been Gus Hansen and Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies.

KObyTAPOUT has been seen playing only at the biggest pot-limit Omaha tables, but now he has been seen playing also at the no-limit Texas tables.

First he played against Urindanger – losing $280.000. When Urindanger left OMGClayAiken (Phil Galfond) challenged KObyTAPOUT and lost $100.000. Next one was Aeron73 – losing $20.000.

There was some controversy who was really playing with the nickname KObyTAPOUT. Rumors are telling that the owner of this account is Jani Vilmunen – highstakes cashgame player from Finland who has also made WSOP final table at pl-Omaha.

He is also very good friend of Patrik Antonius – so it might be FinddaGrind playing with Vilmunens account?

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Jani Vilmunen well dressed – as always!