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Patrik Antonius — Weathering the Storm

Poker’s Biggest Online Winner in 2009 Determined to Get Back on Track

by Stephen A. Murphy |  Published: May 14, 2010


No online-poker player in the world had a better year than Patrik Antonius did in 2009. He won in the vicinity of $9 million on the virtual felt, taking on all challengers and making significant scores in a variety of games. But after he closed the curtains on an immensely successful 2009 campaign, he discovered that 2010 was not going to be as kind to him. Within the first three months, despite playing nearly 60,000 hands, he found himself down more than $3 million online — the largest deficit of any player so far this year. In just a few months, online poker’s biggest winner in 2009 had become online poker’s biggest loser in 2010. But when reached on the phone in Monaco, Antonius was upbeat and optimistic. He may have been in the midst of a downswing, but this was familiar territory for the Finnish pro. He totally believes ...

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