Pokercast Episode 77 - Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies, David Sklansky & Chris “DeathDonkey” Vitch
Live from Las Vegas - The Pokercast crew has invaded Las Vegas and the 40th annual World Series of Poker to continue our coverage of this prestigious event. We were able to track down the man, the legend, David Sklansky to chat about how his series is going so far and even get a play by play account of his recent home invasion. Ilari Sahamies, better known as "Ziigmund" online also graces our make shift studio at the Palms Place for a feature interview to talk about his WSOP experience, his early days in poker involving some pool hall battles with Patrick Antoinus and of course the sick cash game action over at the Bellagio. Chris “DeathDonkey” Vitch was kind enough to sit in during the last segment and provide some invaluable tips and strategy for deuce to seven players. Mike and Adam also talk some forum static, WSOP news and of course gives away the password for the July 5th Poker Stars VIP Club Invitational for Pokercast listeners. Discuss this Pokercast on the 2+2 Forums
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Ilari Sahamies (known online as “Ziigmund”) is a professional poker player from Helsinki, Finland. Born in 1983, Sahamies discovered poker at 15 when he met Patrik Antonius at a local billiards parlor where they both spent considerable time and were considered top tier players. Sahamies has previously earned two Finnish junior championships for billiards.
Illari is best known for his high stakes escapades online where he specializes in PLO cash games. He is a fan favorite for his memorable “blow ups” in chat, which he later identified as being “in fun.”
Sahamies has appeared on both High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark and co-founded the online poker portal Coinflip.com where he also hosts his blog. Learn more about Ilari Sahamies
David Sklansky, born 1947, is a professional poker, theorist, and author from Teaneck, NJ. He is considered a top authority on poker and gambling theory, having published over twelve books and countless articles on the subject including the foundational Theory of Poker. David attended the University of Pennsylvania before leaving to become an actuary, a profession he later left to gamble professionally.
David has 3 WSOP bracelets and 23 WSOP cashes. He has also won the invitational WPT event “Poker By The Book”, overcoming a table stacked with Phil Hellmuth Jr, Mike Caro, T.J. Cloutier, Mike Sexton and Doyle Bruson.
His latest book Ducy?, part biography and part guide to “life strategy” was published in 2010 to critical acclaim. Learn more about David Sklansky
Chris Vitch is a professional poker player and coach. He began playing poker in local dorm games at his college. He found himself fascinated by the intricacies of Texas Hold’em and turned to the Internet for easy access to games. The Internet also served as Vitch’s advisor, as he sought out advice and discussed poker on sites like 2+2. He specializes in high stakes limit and triple draw and is perhaps known more by his online name “DeathDonkey.”
Chris is a founder and executive producer at DeucesCracked.com and has written strategy articles for Bluff Magazine. Learn more about Chris Vitch