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EPT Warsaw: Heavyweights

There are some fierce looking tables down there, but the action is strangely slow. The main tournament information board says that 94 players remain from the starting 99, meaning the usual early flurry of casualties hasn't really materialised.

Furthermore, the likes of Gavin Griffin and Ilari Sahamies may be sitting around the same slab of felt but they're staying out of each other's way, much to the chagrin of the rubber-necks camped out beside the table waiting for these two mightily aggressive players to collide.

Sahamies first came to my notice during EPT season two in Barcelona, where he was moved to a day one television table that already featured Gus Hansen, Brandon Schaeffer and Christer Johansson, among others. But he wasn't in any way overawed by the company. Quite the contrary, Sahamies raised practically every single pot and had these established pros battered against the ropes.


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Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies

That day ended badly for Sahamies, for when he had a real hand - queens - Johannson had an even more real one - aces. But Sahamies went from strength to strength as an online pro, and Ziigmund, his alias, is among the most feared players at the online table, especially in pot limit Omaha, where he plays as big as he can find.

Griffin, of course, also has some pedigree. He's the guy with the triple crown of poker - a World Series bracelet, a WPT victory and an EPT Grand Final crown. He's also a proud member of Team PokerStars Pro, and is always a great bet to run very deep in any tournament.

There's a suspicion that these two will go to war fairly soon, and it won't be pretty.

Update: Alex Fitzgerald found pocket nines and got all his chips in, called by ace queen. The medium pair held up and he's now back to about 3,000, which is playable at this stage.

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