Ilari FIN is 36th on the list of biggest poker winners tracked by HighstakesDB. The data is based on 236588 hands played and his total cash game profits amount to $1,767,145.
Ilari ”Ilari FIN” Sahamies is a professional poker player, born in Helsinki the capital of Finland. A PLO specialist that made a name for himself in 2007, as Ziigmund on Full Tilt. Where he took on anyone at any stakes, while playing in a loose aggressive style that hadn't been seen before.
He began his poker career at the age of fifteen, playing in home games against Patrik Antonius and others. When he reached the legal age for gambling in Finland, he spent a lot of his time at the Grand Casino in Helsinki. Before he moved on to online poker and $0.25/50. Like several other high stakes players he advanced quickly in stakes, lost it all, moved down and repeated the process over and over again.
Ilari has always been competitive, he won two Finnish junior championships in billiards, wrestled, played soccer and basketball. He entered The Finnish Fear Factor in 2009 (video:1,2,3). Somehow he even managed to become the Finish Water Slide Champion the same year.
In poker, 2011 didn't start well at all for Ilari, by the end of July he was down $873K but it all ended well as he managed to become PokerStars biggest winner with $2.18 million in winnings. Ilari also took down the biggest pot of the year.
When it comes to table chat, Sahamies has a style of his own, there are several threads on forums dedicated to his comments. Some of them might appear rude, but according to Ilari they are just jokes. One of the most famous is:
Luck123: Hi everyone
Ziigmund: f u luck
Here is an open hearted video interview made by Pokerstatic in 2010.