High-Stakes Report: Isildur Moves Down, Ziigmund Roars to Life

Ilari Sahamies
He's back.

The nosebleed limits online are still mostly populated these days by the few who chose not go to to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker.

But apart from regulars like “Denoking,” "SanIker” and the inevitable Viktor Blom  - who made a surprising move down the stakes this week - there was also an old friend who re-appeared on the high-stakes stage this week.

Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies is back, and with a bang.

Isildur1 Moves Down

He might be living in London but his living room is the high-stakes area of online poker.

Even with almost all top pros in Vegas right now Blom is still managing to play 10,000 hands a week. Obviously, he had to move down in the limits to find sufficient action.

Hence, we found Blom playing a lot of $25/$50 PLO and $20/$40 8-Game tables last week.

Surely regulars on these levels like Doorbread, FollowTheHawk and anna164 must have felt honored because of the distinguished visitor, but they surely weren’t graced with his money.

Thus the often suffering Isildur managed to make more than a $100k profit last week, which made him look a little better in the yearly rankings, too.

Ilari Sahamies
Not in the $1m Big One this time around, Ziigmund looking for action.

Ziigmund Returns After One-Year Break

One player to used to clash frequently with Blom and players like Cole South on the nosebleed levels is Ilari Sahamies.

The infamous Finn has not been seen for much of the year at the high-stakes tables and his only appearances were very short sessions on lower levels as Ilari_FIN on PokerStars.

Last week, however, the legendary Ziigmund nickname on Full Tilt made a comeback, and some comeback it was.

The 30-year-old Finn won $220,000 over 5,000 hands and ended the week at the top of the leaderboard.

The Battle Between SanIker and Denoking Continues

The most interesting duel of last week was the one between SanIker and Denoking. Both players are recognized as NLHE heads-up specialists.

As the big players were missing those two seemed to fight for the title of “best mid-stakes HU NLHE player” last week.

For now, it's Denoking by a mile. Of the 10 biggest pots those two played over a two-day session – which turned out to be the biggest pots of the week overall – seven went to the mystery player Denoking.

In the weekly rankings,that was enough for him to take second place. SanIker, on the other hand, became the biggest loser of the week and consolidated his place in the bottom five of the 2014 rankings.

Biggest Pot of the Week

The largest pot online was generated by the aforementioned Denoking and SanIker. The limits were $300/$600 at this NLHE HU table, and after a raise by Denoking to $1500 SanIker reraised to $5k.

The flop came:


and both players checked. The turn:


SanIker checked again but this time Denoking fired $20k. The German player with a weakness for Spanish goalkeepers wouldn’t go away, though, and made the call. The river:


SanIker checked a third time and now Denoking moved all of his $231k in the middle. SanIker had only $95k left and decided to call it off. At showdown, Denoking showed     for two pair and SanIker mucked his hand.

Viktor Blom
Forced to move down to find the action.

Biggest Winners of the Week

Ilari Ziigmund Sahamies: $+220,393

Denoking: $+217,455

Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $+138,804

tyme2gamb0l111: $+118,672

David Pokerbluffs Eldar: $+73,805

Biggest Losers of the Week

SanIker: $-287,507

AceHasslehoff: $-69,853

FakeMonies: $-46,501

FallAtYourFeet: $-45,790

anna164: $-41,864

Biggest Winners in 2014

Alexander PostflopAction Kostritsyn: $+1,652,066

Niklas Ragen70 Heinecker: $+1,463,133

Dan jungleman12 Cates: $+1,355,295

Cort thecortster Kibler-Melby: $+1,203,128

Patrik FinddaGrind Antonius: $+1,183,736

Biggest Losers in 2014

Gus Hansen: $-3,545,491

Chun samrostan Lei Zhou: $-2,890,245

Phil Polarizing Ivey: $-1,815,817

SanIker: $-1,581,028

Viktor Isildur1 Blom: $-1,233,965 

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