Another day, another 240k? That's the current mantra of high-stakes PLO regular Ilari 'Ilari FIN' Sahamies, who hustled the $100/200 Omaha tables last night for nearly a quarter-million dollars in under 1,400 hands. It was a well-deserved day of poker for the Fin, who had quite an impressive run, especially since he was crippled by a $148,000 6-outer at the hands of Swiss pro Ronny '1-ronnyr3' Kaiser during the middle of his session.
Instead of lashing out and going on a classic 'Ziigmund' rant/tilt, Ilari put his head down and simply grinded out the rest of the day. He called it a night well before the clock struck midnight (EST) and ended with a nice chunk of change.
Other regs weren't so lucky. Leggo Poker coach Richard 'Nutsinho' Lyndaker, who has been an active PLO participant in the past few days, was the big loser on the day, redistributing over $166,000 to the community in his relatively short session of 1,272 hands. Viktor 'Isildur1' was also a substantial loser and gave back 73k, while refaelamit rebounded with a $126,300 win. Here are some of the biggest hands from an active day at the tables:
- Ilari Fin takes down the biggest pot of the day in a three-way all-in.
- 1-ronnyr3 steals a 148k pot with a miraculous river.
- Ilari Fin tries to 3-barrel Isildur1. Oops
- A timely river helps Ilari take the majority of this 104k pot.
- Isildur1 and Ilari get into a serious pre-flop leveling match.
The aforementioned hand is a master class in high-level poker. When I first reviewed this hand, I came to the simple conclusion that Isildur1 donked off his money with a [less than] marginal hand. After further analysis, however, there was much more to this encounter than first meets the eye.
Although most would consider Isildur1's 4-bet to be a questionable play, he was on the button against another hyper-aggressive opponent and both held very deep stacks. I would agree that the bet is a high-risk maneuver, but in the context of today's PLO games, 4-betting in position is becoming a go-to move against high percentage out of position (OOP) 3-betters. The real high-level thinking starts with Ilari's OOP five-bet with QQKA. His line was quite unconventional, but is a testament to how complicated these games can be.
Ilari knew the odds of Isildur1 holding 2 of the remaining 3 K's or A's was significantly lower than normal because he was holding a king and an ace in addition to his pair of queens (QQKA). Instead of calling Isildur1's $8,260 4-bet out of position (leaving effective stacks of $54,634), Ilari opted to re-raise to $25,000. With $50,100 now in the pot and only ~$38,000 in Isildur1's stack, Ilari Fin was now IN position to gain all potential fold equity in the hand by going all-in OUT of position on the flop. The all-in bet is screaming AA, and Isildur1 has top-pair with the ace of hearts on a three-heart board, so Blom believes he is probably safe from a flush and drawing to 8-outs (excluding aces as outs). Unfortunately, he quickly sees that Ilari craftily donk-betted his second nut-flush. Ack. NH Ilari FIN.
The action has been out of this world and doesn't seem to show any sign of slowing, so be sure to stay tuned. I think it's now safe to say that PokerStars made the right move when they signed Isildur1. Good luck FT.
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