Patrik Antonius never wanted to be a professional poker player growing up, but sometimes one cannot fight fate. Having started out as a aspiring tennis professional, an injury at 15 forced him on the sidelines and while there he took up the game of poker.
|02-07-2014||$100,000 - Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge - No Limit Hold'em||5||$626,937|
|01-27-2012||$250,000 - Aussie Millions High Roller Championship - No Limit Hold'em||2||$1,235,369|
|01-07-2007||$10,000 - WSOP Main Event - Pot Limit Omaha||3||$311,394|
|12-12-2005||$15,000 - Five Diamond Poker Classic Main Event - No Limit Hold'em||2||$1,046,470|
|04-10-2005||€4,000 - Poker EM/EPT Baden Classic - No Limit Hold'em||1||€343,366|
Patrik Antonius's Biography
A second back injury would force Patrik to abandon his dreams of tennis stardom and pursue poker. Under the tutelage of Marcel Luske, Patrik would hone his game and began his ascent in the poker world around the time of the Poker Boom.
Patrik’s breakout year in regards to live play was 2005. After finishing 3rd in the EPT Barcelona Main Event in September, he took down the EPT Baden Main Event in October. In December, he finished runner-up at the WPT World Poker Classic, making his first Million dollar score.
Since that time, Patrik has made numerous final tables and deep runs in events. In 2011, he made the final table of the WSOP Europe Main Event, finishing 9th. In 2012, Patrik finished runner-up in the $250,000 Challenge at Aussie Millions, taking home $1.22 Million. In 2013, Patrik finishing 3rd in the Aussie Millions Main Event.
Earlier this year, Patrik made a final table at Aussie Millions for the fourth year in a row. He battled his way to the final table of the $100,000 Challenge, ultimately finishing fifth and taking home $626,937
Patrik has $6.76 Million in live tournament earnings which puts him at the top of the Finnish All-Time Money List.
In addition to his live tournament winnings, Patrik is #2 all-time in money earned online behind Phil Ivey. Like Ivey, he plays just about every form of poker imaginable. Most of his success has come at high stakes PLO.
Patrik made history in 2009 when he won the largest pot in online poker history. The pot was a PLO hand played against Viktor “Isildur1? Blom and when the smoke cleared, Patrik added $1,356,946 to his bankroll.
Patrik has at least $16 Million in verified online earnings, but true earnings are not known because many sites did not track Pot-Limit Omaha cash games prior to 2009.
His ultimate goals in the game are simple. As he once told Poker News Daily, “I want to be remembered as one of the best cash-game players to have ever played the game.”