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Sahamies Nearly Hits $1m in November High Stakes
Ilari Sahamies had one of his best months ever and catapulted to the top of the high stakes online poker charts in November.
The aggressive Finn was easily the biggest story of the month as he crushed almost every opponent and stacked his way to nearly $945,000 in profit.
Sahamies has been playing on another level the last few months and now looks to be almost a lock to finish 2011 as the biggest winner on PokerStars.
Overall it was a slow month for high stakes online poker although action cranked up a notch towards the end of the month when Sahamies went on his big heater.
Victor “Isildur1” Blom was absent on PokerStars yet again this month and rumors that he’s leaving PokerStars continue to gain momentum. Considering he signed his contract last December there’s a good chance we’ll know soon whether the Swedish prodigy is jumping ship.
As always you can check our online poker stats section for more information but here's a complete breakdown of the top 10 winners and losers over the last month:
Top 10 Winners in November
To say Ilari Sahamies was dominant in the high stakes games this month might be a bit of an understatement as the flying Finn nearly doubled his closest competitor’s profit.
Indeed Sahamies picked up an astounding $945,000 while upstart Fake Love888 was a distance second with $455,000.
Sahamies also overtook Rafi Amit to become the biggest overall winner on PokerStars this year with 2.2 million. Amit now sits in second with $1.9 million.
It’s been an incredible turnaround for Sahamies as he was down nearly $1 million by mid-July.
There’s a good chance Fake Love888 won’t be overtaking Sahamies any time soon but it was still a very impressive month for the unidentified player.
Since hitting the scene in August, Fake Love888 was a consistent loser until he bottomed out at -$80k last month. This month was a sharp contrast as he smashed hiw ay to $455k in profit. Speculation continues to run rampant as to Fake Love888’s true identity and there are several sites who think the account may belong to Patrik Antonius.
The rest of the big November winners were relatively unknown outside of Kanu7 who added $389k to boost his overall profit up to $535k.
Here’s a complete look at the top 10 winners in the November:
1. Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies: +$945,000
2. Fake Love888: +$455,000
3. Kanu7: +$389,000
4. Doncarignano: +$271,000
5. Diggidave: +$180,000
6. The Liar: +$160,000
7. Russ0618: +$158,000
8. CALLCALL: +$132,000
9. RaulGonzalez: +$125,000
10. Koncert888: +$122,000
Top 10 Losers in November
Online player mikki696 got into serious trouble this month losing several massive sessions to ImDadonk before finishing the month with $315k in losses.
Close behind mikki696 was Benny “toweliestar” Spindler who lost a total of $255k. The German can afford it as he won EPT London for $1.1 million back in September and then went on to win over $700k on PokerStars. He’s still up $767 in 2011.
Brian “$tinger 88” Hastings also had a regrettable month as he lost a total of $253k from his temporary home in Vancouver, Canada. Hastings is still up $486k but according to Twitter he recently left Canada so he may be done with online poker this year.
Ben “Ben86” Tollerene also lost a substantial amount of his winnings this year as he dumped $192k into the high stakes games. After November he’s up only $146k playing online poker in 2011.
Machado28, verve.oasis and Sami “Lrslzk” Kelopuro were the other notable players who made it onto the top 10 losers list this month.
Here’s a complete look at the top 10 losers in November.
1. mikki696: -$315,000
2. Benny “toweliestar” Spindler: -$255,000
3. Brian “$tinger 88” Hastings: -$253,000
4. Mickan1984: -$228,000
5. RivalzZz: -$211,000
6. Ben86: -$192,000
7. Moirhums: - $183,000
8. Machado28: -$168,000
9. Verve.oasis: -$151,000
10. Lrslzk: -$147,000