Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies leads EPT Barcelona final! One of the all-time most aggressive and entertaining players will begin the final table of EPT Barcelona Main Event as a chip leader, for sure wrecking havoc amongst his opponents. Student Samuel Rodriguez, from Barcelona, is second in chips. He won his seat in a 50 re-buy on PokerStars, and is expecting to turn his pocket money into a first prize worth over a million euro.
A total of 1,082 players entered the 5,000 tourney, creating a total prize pool of 5,247,700; 160 places are being paid. The winner gets 1,007,550 plus Slyde watch from HD3.
The EPT Main Event final table will be webcast on PokerStars.tv starting 14:00 CET cards up with one hour delay (English, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian)
Name Country Status Chips
Ilari Sahamies, Finland, 7,885,000
Samuel Rodriguez, Spain, PokerStars qualifier, 6,450,000
Anaras Alekberovas, Lithuania, PokerStars qualifier, 4,430,000
Mikalai Pobal, Belarus, 4,410,000
Antonin Duda, Czech Republic, PokerStars qualifier, 3,445,000
Sinel Anton, Romania, 2,355,000
John Juanda, USA, 1,890,000
Joni Jouhkimainen, Finland, 1,510,000
EPT9 BARCELONA FINAL TABLE PLAYER PROFILES
Seat 1: Anaras Alekberovas , 21, Vilnius, Lithuania PokerStars.fr qualifier - 4,430,000
The 21-year-old Anaras Alekberovas is a full-time online poker player from Vilnius. He picked up the game back in 2008 and has been playing ever since. When he turned 18, Alekberovas started playing poker online. He scored his biggest win so far in an online tournament when he collected around $47,000 for finishing second. The EPT9 Barcelona Main Event marks his first long run in a big live poker tournament as well as the biggest cash of his career to date. Alekberovas prefers playing online poker over live tournaments, mostly taking part in NL heads-up cash games.
Seat 2: Ilari Sahamies, 29, Helsinki, Finland - 7,885,000
Ilari Sahamies is most commonly known as "Ziigmund," a high-stakes Finnish professional poker player known for frequenting the highest games in the world, especially online. Sahamies' specialty is both Pot-Limit Omaha and trash talking - often to be found in the chat boxes of an online poker room. Sahamies first got into poker at age 15 when he reportedly hopped in to the home game of another famous Finnish player, Patrik Antonius. From there, Sahamies began playing more and more live poker before transitioning into becoming an online phenom.
Online Ziigmund mainly plays cash games and is a fixture in the largest games running, regularly winning or losing six- or seven-figure sums. He also has $816,687 in live tournament earnings. In 2009, he recorded two big scores -- the two largest of his live career at the time. The first was in January when he took second in the Helsinki Freezeout Main Event for 125,126. The other was a sixth-place finish in the £20,000 EPT London High Roller for £74,000. Thanks to a fourth-place finish just a few days ago in the EPT Barcelona 50,000 Super High Roller for 291,900, this year is already Sahamies' best to date.
Seat 3: Antonin Duda, 25, Jablonec, Czech Republic PokerStars qualifier - 3,445,000
Describing himself as a "mid-stakes" chess player, who only began playing poker regularly one year ago, Antonin Duda was the chip leader at the end of Day 3 in Barcelona and has navigated all the way to the final. He is an economics student, who supplements his income by playing chess and online poker, specialising in multi-table tournaments of buy-ins from $200-$2,000. This is by far his biggest live score - his previous best result before now was a $723 min-cash in a tourney in Prague last year. He won his seat to EPT Barcelona in a 22 re-buy event on PokerStars in early June
Seat 4: Samuel Rodriguez, 25, Barcelona, Spain PokerStars qualifier - 6,450,000
Local student Samuel Rodriguez won his seat to EPT Barcelona online on PokerStars for just 100. He is now the only Spanish player left remaining and in line, not only to win a life-changing 1,007,550, but also become the first ever Spanish EPT champion. Rodriguez plays in local poker games, but as far as high stakes events are concerned, the EPT is a whole new world. This is his first major tournament and just happens to be the biggest ever held in Spain with a starting field of 1,082. Rodriguez has now outlasted 1,074 of them including some of the biggest names in poker. Rodriguez, who also works in a hotel, was chip leader at the start of Day 5 and in good shape going into the final.
Seat 5: John Juanda, 41, California, USA lives in Tokyo - 1,890,000
John Juanda is far and away the most decorated player at the EPT9 Barcelona Main Event final table. Juanda has been playing poker professionally since 1996 and has amassed career earnings in excess of $12.4 million, which puts him eighth on the all-time money list - a far cry from his days as a door-to-door salesman selling bibles. The 41-year-old owns five WSOP bracelets, including one he picked up last summer for winning the $10,000 No Limit Deuce-to-Seven World Championship. Juanda will be looking to top his best finish on the EPT to date a second place showing at the 2010 EPT London Main Event (£545,000). John Juanda moved from Indonesia to the USA 20 years ago to study.
Seat 6: Joni Jouhkimainen, 20, Helsinki, Finland - 1,510,000
Jouhkimainen, turned pro aged 18, playing events across Europe. Already he is turning heads in the Finnish poker community, impressing with a string of live results that many think will elevate him to the ranks of countrymen Antonius, Helppi, Kelopuro, Wahlbeck and Sahamies. In 2012 he has begun to show signs of stepping up in stature.
In March he won the European Masters of Poker, before returning to his home town of Helsinki in June, going deep in two events at the Midnight Sun 2012. A month later he came second in the iGame Open in Prague, heading to Barcelona last week to bag third place in the Estrellas High Roller final for 35,690. Now hes poised to record the biggest live cash of his career.
Seat 7: Mikalai Pobal, 28, Minsk, Belarus - 4,410,000
Relatively new to the live poker scene, Minsk has just one live cash on record to date a 104th place finish at the EPT Berlin Main Event back in April (7,500). Pobal plays on PokerStars under the name leanod, and says his best result online is a third place finish in the Sunday Million, though he has won a handful of smaller re-buy events. The young Belarusian studied International Economic Relations at Belarus State Economic University a decision that seems to be paying early dividends. Already guaranteed to win at least 76,100, Pobals yet-to-be-determined result in the Main Event will no doubt be the largest cash of his young poker-playing career.
Seat 8: Sinel Anton, 43, Bucharest, Romania - 2,355,000
Guaranteed at least 76,100 for making the final, Anton would instantly jump to from 113th to third on the Romania all-time money list if he won EPT Barcelona two steps behind his brother Ionel, who leads the table, and EPT regular Mihai Manole. Anton, who co-runs an estate agency with his Ionel, has been playing poker for around two years. He mainly plays live, and always tournaments. His best result before now was 85th at EPT Prague last season for 9,000.