Ilari Sahamies Wins $2.5 Million In 2011 At PokerStars

Ilari Sahamies Wins $2.5 Million In 2011 At PokerStarsIlari Sahamies is currently $2,500,191 in profit at PokerStars throughout 2011 and now looks sure to close the year out as the site’s highest earning cash player.
Last night, the Helsinki pro played 935 hands of $50/$100 6-Max PLO against the likes of VietRussian, Ville Wahlbeck and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, at the end of which he added a further $131k profit to his ongoing tally.
Sahamies’ achievement is all the more impressive considering the 28 year-old was stuck $873,360 at PokerStars back in July and was still in the red in August before hitting his relentless upturn.
The Finnish pro still has clear daylight between himself and  nearest rival  Israeli pro Rafi “refaelamit” Amit, who has notched-up $2.1 million in profit so far this year. The 2 times WSOP bracelets winner has been a force to be reckoned with since coming to prominence in 2005, and was up $3,591,245 at Full Tilt Poker before moving over to PokerStars.
Also, in contrast to Sahamies, Rafi Amit’s has never sunk into the red this year and in April made $800,990 in winnings, and a further $1 million in September. Nevertheless, Amit was surpassed by Ilari Sahamies in November as PokerStars’ top money earner with $400k still separating the players even now.
On September 7th, Sahamies’ cause was helped after he took down the largest pot played on PokerStars of $421,826 during a game of $200/$400 PLO. Alternatively, Amit’s biggest pot won was worth $155,605, which he collected during a game of $100/$200 PLO involving Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.
This is how PokerStars’ top pros have fared over the last few months:
Ilari “Ilari FIN” Sahamies 
July (-$873,360)
August (-$362,660)
September ($536,340)
October ($1,300,000)
November ($2,070,000)
December ($2,500,191)
Rafi “refaelamit” Amit
July ($800,990)
August ($756,930)
September ($1,830,000)
October ($1,810,000)
November ($1,920,000)
December ($2,100,000)
Finally, the biggest cash winner of the year over at Full Tilt Poker was Gus Hansen with $3.9 million in profits before the site went into meltdown. However, it is still uncertain whether Gus will ever be able to retrieve his winnings.

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