Patrik Antonius Overcomes Huge Deficit To Go $500k Up For 2010August 1, 2010 7:42 am
All the best high stakes cash poker pros must get used to experiencing and overcoming huge swings in their bankrolls in order to maintain their edge in the game.
Ultimately, their poker skills triumph over short term variance and they end up turning a nice profit in the end.
However, in the midst of such a downswing players can’t help but being affected by ‘swing sickness’ as their results take a battering.
Imagine, then, what Finnish pro Patrik Antonius must have experienced after a disastrous start to 2010, which saw him drop over $3 million at Full Tilt Poker between Jan 1 and Mar 31. He was also saddled with the dubious distinction of being named the biggest loser on the site for the year.
At the time, giving an insight as to how a top pro approaches the game when things seem to be stacking up against them, Antonius commented:
“It depends on a lot of things. If I have personal things going on in my life, then the downswings can affect me. And it depends how it happens. When I lose in very good games when I couldn’t have really done anything differently, then it doesn’t really bother me. But if I lose in a game where I really shouldn’t have lost, then it bothers me.”
Since April 1st, however, Antonius’ results starting turning around in dramatic fashion and he has now not only recouped his massive $3 million losses but is currently showing a profit for the year of $500k.
The last fortnight has proved particularly profitable for Antonius who has been amongst the top earner at Full Tilt during that period with a profit of around $350k for each of those weeks.
There is also a rumour circulating that Patrik Antonius had bought into Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and Robert Mizrachi’s action at the 2010 WSOP $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship, which netted the duo almost $2 million in winnings.
Its further believed Antonius may have staked November Niner Michael Mizrachi for the 2010 Main Event, which should all add handsomely to his overall profits.
Taking it all in his stride, Patrik Antonius’ explains; “My life always goes like this. Things go bad or good…It’s normal. Welcome to the poker world.”