Screennames: Ziigmund, Sutrakama, Ilari_FIN


Ilari Sahamies is one of the most aggressive pot-limit Omaha players around. Coming from Finland and learning poker together with another great player Patrik Antonius can help a lot. Ilari and Patrik met playing pool (Ilari is also a two time national champion in pool) and decided to start playing poker together.

Ilari started to go regularly to Helsinkis Grand Casino to lose his money. He managed to get money for his new hobby by working at a gas-stations, construction-yards and even as an telephone-operator. First year didn’t go too well – but by the end of the second year he managed to book winnings for over 70.000€ (around $100.000).

$40.000 Omaha and The Big Game

Nowadays we can find Ilari playing at the highest level of competition. He can be found regularly playing at the big pot-limit Omaha tables at Full Tilt Poker where the blinds are $200/400. He will never back down from a challenge – he will play (and has played numerous times) anyone especially heads-up. He has fought with the likes of Phil Ivey and David Benymine.

He also visited The Big Game this summer – booking some nice winnings. He was playing (of course) drunk and fearlessly. Barry Greenstein complimented Ilari by telling that he thinks Ilari is one of the best pot-limit Omaha players in the world. Many call him also “The Omaha Kid”.

Dirty language and coinflips

Ilari is also quite a characted at the online-tables. He can mock people and tell it straight to their faces – for example calling Gus Hansen “the biggest fish online” or David Benyamine as a “a fat gay guy”.

He is also know for favouring coinflips – he tries to get people to do coinflips for huge amounts. Largest were against Phil Ivey when they agreed to do first a series of coinflips for $40.000 each and in the end they went for $80.000 flip.

Quote from Ziigmund:

“Playing it safe will never get you to the top. More important is that you have the balls to bet at the right time. If you want to succeed you need to have a gamblers attitude”