Benefield Burns Ziigmund for $160k

David Benefield
David Benefield

With much of the high-stakes community in or on its way to London, David Benefield took $160k from Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies this weekend.

Sahamies and Benefield played over 500 hands of $500/$1,000 Cap PLO with Benefield taking over near the end of the session, winning the majority of the biggest pots.

Finally, after Benefield had picked up $160k, they decided to end the session. Sahamies wasn’t pleased with the outcome and voiced his feelings in the chatbox.

“Ziigmund: i take your money later if u havent lost those for someone else”
“Ziigmund: f fish”
“Ziigmund: biggest fish”

It’s been a good year for Benefield who has now has earned a total of $1.2 million in 2010 with very few swings.

The polar opposite is true for Ziigmund who started the year down $600k, rocketed up to $2.3 million in profit, lost it all and was down $600k at one point last month.

Fortunately for Ziigmund, he was able to finish August strong booking a win in a massive session with Cole South to boost his earnings to $826k. Despite this weekend’s loss, he’s still up over $700k in 2010.

Sahamies wasn’t the only player to lose some cash this weekend as Gus Hansen dropped $176k. Hansen started 2010 up over $2 million, but has been in a virtual freefall since and is now down $2.4 million.

The biggest loser over the weekend, however, was Sauce1234 who lost a total of $307,189.

A number of well-known players including Phil Ivey, Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Patrik Antonius were inactive this weekend. Ivey and Dwan have already been spotted around London and with the World Series of Poker Europe beginning Tuesday, the rest of the high-stakes community should follow.

Here are a few of the biggest hands from the weekend. Be sure to check out our online poker stats section for more.


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