– General Introduction –
Patrik Antonius is one of the most famous poker players around. It wasn’t the looks of the former model, but his aggressive playing style, that catapulted him fast to poker stardom in 2005.
The Fin has been featured on several poker TV shows and was once a Full Tilt Poker sponsored pro.
With almost $12 million in tournament earnings alone, he is the number 1 in Finish rankings and number 58 on the All-Time Money list worldwide.
– Key Career Dates –
- 18th August 2005: 1st at the Ladbrokes Scandinavian Championships for $66,261
- 16th September 2005: 3rd at the EPT Barcelona Main Event for $145, 067
- 4th October 2005: 1st at the EPT Baden Main Event for $343, 365
- 12th December 2005: 2nd at the WPT Five diamonds Main Event for $1,046,470
- 27th January 2012: 2nd at the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge for $1,235,369
- 27th January 2013: 3rd at the Aussie Millions Main Event for $633,419
- 10th February 2018: 1st at the PartyPoker Millions Rozvadov Super High Roller for $520,610
- 9th April 2018: 3rd at the PartyPoker Millions Barcelona Super High Roller for $491,117
- 11th August 2018: 2nd at the PartyPoker Millions Sochi High Roller for $178,823
– Patrik Antonius’ Career –
→ Beginnings ←
Patrik Antonius was born on 13th December 1980 in Helsinki, Finland, but grew up in a city called Vantaa.
At the age of 12, Antonius was focused on playing tennis, but he started showing interest in poker and played a lot with his friends, mainly 5-card draw with partially made up rules.
As soon as he turned 18, he went to the Helsinki casino to play his first poker tournament. He won it, turning $25 into $260. This shifted his focus from tennis to cards and he was soon found in the Omaha cash games.
As he hadn’t figured out bankroll management from the start, it took him going broke several times over two years until he finally generated a steady income and could make a living through poker.
→ A rising star ←
The fame came when he had a succession of good results on the international tournament circuit, placing high in a bunch of high profile events in 2005 and even earning him the European Poker Awards “Rookie of the Year” title.
To name just a few of the 2005 results:
- 12th at the PCA
- 15th at the WPT San Jose
- 1st at the Ladbrokes Scandinavian Championships
- 3rd at EPT Barcelona
- 1st at EPT Baden
- 2nd at the WP Five Diamond Classics in Las Vegas for a bit over $1 million.
His tournament run continued the years after and he also had several appearances on Poker After Dark.
Tournaments aside, Antonius’ real strength lies in heads-up cash games. He played mainly on Full Tilt Poker and became a sponsored pro.
With his charismatic looks and his aggressive playing style, the calm and quiet Fin surely made it on the next TV show, playing cash games on High Stakes Poker, Antonius played some massive legendary hands on TV, but the biggest headline was his win of the biggest pot in online poker history of $1,356,946 against Viktor Blom aka Isildur1 in 2009 on Full Tilt.
→ Today ←
His Hendon Mob results page is speckled with final table finished throughout the years, and this is despite him focusing on cash games.
He’s currently (status November 2018) ranked number 1 in Finland and 52nd on the all time money list with live tournament cashes of almost $12 million.
Antonius lives in Monte Carlo with his wife and two children.
Patrik Antonius on Social Media
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