The Finnish players are dominating the high stakes tables on the internet. Patrick Antonuis, Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies and Sami “LarsLuzak” Kelopuro are considered to be some of the best online poker players in the world and they are playing poker at Full Tilt Poker on a daily basis.
A couple of years ago it was a couple of Swedish players who were dominating the tables on the higher limits on the internet. Players like Erik “Erik123” Sagstrom, William “ILCAPITANO” Thorson, Alex “TexasLimitKing” Dalaklis are some of the poker players coming from Sweden that used to dominate the high stakes tables a few years back. These players had the reputation of being the best online players in the world and they were making huge sums of money.
Today it’s a whole different story though as it is no longer the Swedish players who are dominant in the world of high stakes poker. Instead it is the Finnish players that are the ones to fear when you are playing high stakes at FullTilt Poker.
Patrick Antonius was previously playing under the alias “Luigi66369”, “-Antonius-“, “I_Knockout_U” and “FinddaGrind” but after signing a contract with FullTilt Poker and becoming a member of their team of players he is now playing under his real name at the tables and using his own custom made avatar. Today he is one of Team FullTilt’s biggest stars and he is often playing in the biggest land based tournaments and appears on TV broadcasted final tables in his Full Tilt Poker clothes. He is a regular on the popular TV show High Stakes Poker where he is playing against legend like Doyle Brunson and Barry Greenstein. Patrick Antonius also holds an EPT title, and a second place finish in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic under his belt.
Ilari Sahamies is still playing under his alias “Ziigmund” at FullTilt Poker. He is considered to be one of the best Pot Limit Omaha players in the world and he is often seen with over $1 Million in his chip stack at the high stakes PLO tables at FullTilt. Ziigmund is a new addition to the High Stakes Poker show on TV as he joined the show for season 5.
Sami Kelopuro is also still playing under his usual alias at FullTilt which is LarsLuzak and he is one of the most feared Texas Holdem players on the internet. But he can also be find playing the other poker games at Full Tilt Poker.
The question is if any other Scandinavian countries will ever catch up with these players when it comes to playing cash games or the gap has become too big.