Online Poker

Antonius Rockets to the Top

by Omar

Since Black Friday on April 15th when the lights in US-facing online poker rooms were effectively shut off, there haven’t been many reasons to get excited about the goings on in the virtual rooms.  However, there is still a plethora of action going on in all the major poker rooms. PokerStars is gearing up for the 2011 Spring Championship of Online Poker while Full Tilt Poker just concluded their latest installment of its signature FTOPS tournament series.

Meanwhile, on the cash game side, some European pros are lining up to take their shots at becoming the kings of the cash game world. So far no other player has been lighting up the tables quite like Finland’s own Patrik Antonius.  He was a force to be reckoned with at Full Tilt back when the games were saturated with players like Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Phil Galfond and Brian Townsend to name a few.  But now that its basically himself and Gus Hansen taking on a slew of relative unknowns, the cash cow seems to be a good friend of his.  Within days, Antonius had begun to assert his new-found dominance as he was putting in short sessions and walking away with hundreds of thousands of dollars.

However, it was what happened this past week that truly shows just how profitable his new position may turn out to be. That’s because from Saturday, April 23rd to Saturday, April 30th, exactly one week, Antonius won $1.7 million while playing just 2,278 hands. Impressively as well is the fact that he did so against some solid players as well.  At different points of his magical 7-day run, Antonius took on and took out Gus Hansen, Ilari Sahamies, Rui Cao and others.  He never played longer than 2 hours at a time and he was a winner in every single session played, with $300-$600 Pot Limit Omaha the game of choice.

Antonius was very shaky out of the gate in 2011 but with the past 3 weeks in tow, he is now rapidly climbing up the leaderboards and at his current pace, would overtake Gus Hansen from the top spot by the end of May. In less than a month, he has gone from being $500K in the red to over $1.25 million in profits, one of the best turnarounds in recent memory.

Antonius progress and ascension is worth following and is sure to continue to be one of the biggest post-Black Friday stories in 2011.

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