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Jani "Kiiski" Vilmunen Won the WSOPEs 5,000 Pounds PLO Poker Tournament

A week after winning the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) $2,100, 6-Max Pot-Limit Omaha poker event, Finnish poker pro Jani "Kiiski" Vilmunen won himself a world series of poker (WSOP) bracelet.

The 36 year-old poker player outwitted legendary poker player Howard Lederer in the heads-up showdown inside the Casino at the Empire in London on September 25th, 2009 to take home the WSOPE's (World Series of Poker Europe) 5,000 pounds PLO poker event and its 204,048 pounds 1st place cash prize.

Vilmunen said that he is very happy about his win since he defeated Lederer, who is considered one of the best poker players in the planet. Vilmunen, who also won the 1,000 euros PLO poker event at the Finnish Poker Open Championships,said that his recent string of successes in PLO poker events is because of his patience.

Vilmunen said that he always play aggressively in every tournament that he participated in, which has a negative effect since he did not always win the event and he just tried to run all over the table most of the time. He said that by playing less aggressively, his opponents make mistakes before he did.

Fellow Finnish poker players "Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies, Patrik Antonius and and Sami "LarsLuzak" Kelopuro have dominated the biggest online PLO poker games in recent years and Vilmunen's recent poker success would appear to place Finland at the top of the poker world rankings when it comes to this variation of poker. Vilmunen, who is known by his online name "KObyTAPOUT" on Full Tilt Poker, said that he is not really sure what is the secret of the Finnish poker players about their success in PLO events.

He said that it maybe because of Internet, which helped a lot of Texas Hold'em poker players to polish their skills. He added that there are a lot of excellent rally drivers and F1 race car drivers so he thinks that the fact that it has a fast pace excites and inspires Finnish poker players to do well in international events.


10/04/2009, Sunday
Todd Sanders

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