Ziigmund hits back; wins $745,000 from Cole South

Ziigmund hits back; wins $745,000 from Cole South

Monday, 13 September 2010

Finnish online poker legend Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies is well-known for his huge swings so it came as no surprise that he had lost more than three-quarters of a million dollars to the dynamic duo of Brian Hastings and Cole South playing high stakes Omaha.

Since then he has won back a fair clip from Hastings and last week he demolished South at the $500/$1,000 Omaha tables; he took the former CardRunners instructor for just under $745,000 in a little over 1,000 hands.

In their largest pot the money went in with Sahamies as an 11-9 favourite over South, a marginal edge that held up in a $345,000 pot. Typically, it was 3-bet pre-flop with Ziigmund holding KQ74 double-suited out of position. He lead out for half pot on a Q-7-5 flop with top two pair and a backdoor flush draw; South raised to $72,000 and the Finn moved all in. ‘CTS’ called with Q865 for a dominated two pair but an open-ended straight draw and three of Ziigmund’s club outs. Sahamies held up on both rivers and took down the $350,000 pot.

So far this year Ziigmund has played slightly over 70,000 hands at the nosebleed stakes on Full Tilt Poker and despite several huge swings has made more than $825,000 playing against the best in the world. Currently Phil Ivey, Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Daniel “jungleman12” Cates top the 2010 leaderboard with more than $3,000,000 won each.

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