Online Poker

Antonius Back in the Saddle

by Omar

Much has been written about Patrik Antonius assuming the title of top player remaining on Full Tilt Poker. As a result of Black Friday, it is estimated that the site has lost approximately 50% of it’s online traffic since the Americans have left the building. As such, the nosebleed games no longer feature the likes of Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey and scores of other deep pocketed pros.

Since then, the Finnish-born Antonius has been among the site’s top money owners. However, the last week was not quite as fun for the former professional tennis player as he saw the lone short session he played turn into a loss of nearly $200K.

That quickly turned around in a session last night as Antonius rebounded in a major way. As has become the norm, he again failed to play 300 hands, as he parlayed 273 hands into a nifty $193K win. Antonius did most of his damage against his new archival, Danish pro Gus Hansen who continues his slow and steady downswing since he opened 2011 in a flurry.

The action started with the European duo battling it out on the $300/$600 Pot Limit Omaha heads up tables and then moved over to the 6-max tables of the same stakes where they were joined by XWINK and some other new faces.  Antonius didn’t discriminate, picking both of them apart throughout the session.  He also managed to take down the largest pot of the night when he was fortunate enough to flop a straight flush as XWINK flopped an ace-high flush. Being at the right place at the right time enabled Antonius to take down the $102K pot.

As it turns out, Antonius’ doldrums were short lived as he was able to quickly snap out of his funk. Somewhere Gus Hansen knowingly nods his head.

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