Patrik Antonius is a Finnish professional poker player. With over $13,000,000 in career earnings he made a name for himself as one of the best high-stakes online poker players in the world, competing against Tom Dwan in the infamous 2009 Durrrr Challenge.
He also won the European Poker Tour Baden Main Event in 2005.
In 2023, Antonius made headlines for winning a $1,978,000 cash game pot — the largest ever broadcast on a US live stream.
Antonius was born in 1980. He started playing poker at a very young age with his friends. He was also a very promising tennis player, but suffered a severe back injury as a teenager and was out of the training for a year and a half. It was at that time when he started taking poker seriously playing $50 games with his buddies. When he turned 18 Antonius took his game to the local casino.
Although Antonius pursued his tennis career after the injury, a few years later he suffered another one and was forced to give up his dream of becoming a tennis superstar. In search of a new path in life he tried a number of other things including modeling, waiting tables, selling products door-to-door coaching tennis, but nothing caught up to him. Nothing except poker.
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Antonius began his poker career in the early 2000s and it wasn't long before he recorded back-to-back six-figure scores on the European Poker Tour. Shortly after winning the Scandinavian Poker Championships in Stockholm, he finished third in the EPT Barcelona Main Event in 2005 for €117,000 and then took down the EPT Baden Main Event one month later for €288,180.
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2005 was an incredible year for the Finn, finishing second in the Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas that December for $1,046,470. Antonius' most recent cash under the WPT umbrella came in 2021, where he finished in second place to one and only Phil Ivey in the WPT Heads Up Championship which played out on the online felt. Antonius collected the $200,000 runners-up prize while Ivey pocketed the $400,000 up top.
This success would see him gain notoriety in the poker world, and Antonius would make regular appearances on Poker After Dark, Poker Million and Late Night Poker throughout the poker boom in the late 2000s.
The first time Antonius finished in the money at the World Series of Poker was in 2005. He cashed in total of three events that year collecting almost $21,000 in winnings. Then in 2006, he added another five cashes. His best result that year was the 9th place finish at the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event for which Antonius collected just over $200,000. In 2007 he scored his best WSOP result to date finishing third in the $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha for more than $300,000.
Antonius made another WSOP final table in 2008 placing seventh in the $10,000 World Championship Pot-Limit Hold'em for more than $120,000. Then in 2011, he scored a ninth-place finish at the WSOP Europe €10,000 Main Event in Cannes, France collecting €90,000.
Antonius would have to wait until 2012 for his next seven-figure score, finishing second to Phil Ivey in the Aussie Millions A$250,000 Challenge for A$1,200,000. The Finn would become a familiar face in Melbourne, returning in 2013 to finish third in the Aussie Millions Main Event for A$600,000, and final-tabling the A$100,000 Challenge in 2014 for A$700,000.
The largest cash of Antonius' entire career came in March 2018 with a runner-up finishing the Super High Rolller Bowl China in Macau. He took home HK$24,735,000 — approximately $3,100,000 — after losing out to Justin Bonomo heads-up.
Following the resumption of live poker after the coronavirus pandemic, Antonius regularly frequented the Triton Poker Series, cashing in stops in Madrid and Cyprus. He had four top-ten finishes in Madrid, while he won an event in Cyprus for $825,000.