The Finnish professional poker player, Ilari 'Ziigmund' Sahamies, has become widely known for his aggressive and erratic playing style. One of the toughest Pot Limit Omaha players around, when he maintains his composure, a series of losses to any single opponent – history has shown – can send Sahamies into tilts of legendary proportions. When 'Ziigmund' logs into Full Tilt Poker, railbirds flock to his tables, assured that there will be a good show no matter how the hands play out.
Introduced to poker at the age of 15 by good friend Patrik Antonius
, Ilari Sahamies has a passion for high stakes poker
that has sent his bankroll swinging wildy up and down over the years. A line graph of Sahamies' online profit/loss history looks more like the monitor of an irregular heart beat than a successful poker pro's stats. But successful he is, and Ilari has more than once glimpsed the top of the professional poker food chain.
Making his first appearance at Full Tilt Poker in 2006, Ilari Sahamies didn't take long to work his way up to the highest stakes games, competing against the most famous professional poker players
in the industry as 'Ziigmund'. The mysterious 'Ziigmund' knocked many of his seasoned opponents into tilt with his blatant lack of respect for their status in the poker world; his audacity drawing both criticism and curiosity in the poker forums
Experiencing dramatic peaks and valleys throughout his online poker
career, he once attributed losing $1.7 million to playing online poker with a hangover. In November of 2009 Ilari showed a career profit of over $6 million in online poker winnings, more than half of which he dropped before the end of the year. As of March 1, 2010, Ilari is up nearly $4 million, but at the stakes he plays that figure will inevitably continue to see significant change.