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High Stakes Action Still Thriving Online

Patrik Antonius and Jens Kyllönen Each Win $1M Since Black Friday

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Jens KyllönenDespite U.S. players missing from the high stakes online scene, there has been some intense action at the nosebleed pot-limit Omaha tables on Full Tilt Poker recently, thanks to the always aggressive Scandinavian players.

The two biggest winners since April 15 have been Patrik Antonius and Jens “Ingenious89” Kyllönen, winner of the 2009 EPT Copenhegan. Both Finnish pros have won more than $1 million on the virtual over the past week and a half.

Their profits came mostly in vicious $300-$600 pot-limit Omaha sessions. Both Antonius and Kyllönen took a lot of money from Andreas “Skjervoy” Torbergsen, who dropped about $1.1 million late last week. Antonius also managed to win about $350,000 from Gus Hansen over this past weekend.

With the loss to Antonius and other rough matches, Hansen was in the midst of a million-dollar deficit late last week, but was able to recoup the money and finish about even. Hansen is still hovering around his leading $3.5 million in profits for 2011.

After another extended break from the nosebleed stakes, Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies is back winning and losing six-figure pots. In fall the Finnish pro said he was taking a short break from the game, only to return a couple months later — and then abandon pot-limit Omaha on Full Tilt once again.

This past week, Sahamies put in sessions of $300-$600 pot-limit Omaha against NoPasaran and Hansen, and he ended up dropping about $250,000. Hansen is one of the harshest critics of Sahamies’ playing style, which, according to Hansen, is a good example of a reckless mindset.

“Who do they think they are? John Wayne? I know [Ilari] “Ziigmund” [Sahamies] thinks he can deep stack outplay anyone in the world, but obviously looking at his results he can’t," Hansen said. “Why do you want to put in $500,000 in a $200-$400 game just to get it all in when you have top set against flush and straight draws. Why do you want to flip a coin for that amount? It seems like players today think the bigger the better, because they think they are the greatest of all time.”

Other recent winners online include Jani Vilmunen and Rui Cao. In addition to big losses by Tobergsen and Sahamies, FinnishNightmre dropped about $200,000 over the past 12 days.