Antonius Impersonator Offends Doyle BrunsonSeptember 4, 2009 8:26 am
Finnish high stakes professional poker player, Patrik Antonius, has become increasingly concerned over an impersonator on Twitter whose intention, it would seem, is to cause him embarrassment.
One incident in particular saw Antonius approached by the poker legend Doyle Brunson who expressed his disappointment in the Fin for posting disrespectful comments about him on Twitter. Antonius said: “Doyle was offended because he thought I had written something like, ‘I played with Doyle last night and beat him easily. Doyle is becoming senile and he’s no match to me anymore,’ so understandably he was not happy about it.”
Antonius confessed that he wasn’t even aware of Twitter’s existence until this year and as a private person by nature had no interest in opening a social networking account. He continues:
“I don’t have a Twitter account and I have never posted a single word there. I have no interest in posting updates about my comings or goings. I’m a private person and I want to keep my private life to myself. I would never want to post entries telling everybody where I am and what I’m doing right now.”
The mystery impersonator’s intrusion on Antonius’s private life was all the more worrying as some of the details posted could only have come from someone in close proximity to him, such as his movements at Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio. Many celebrities have had to learn to deal with the unwanted attention fame attracts, but Antonius is concerned that his impersonator’s infatuation includes stalking and malicious intent.
“It’s not good publicity for me if someone is pretending to be me and posts stuff that isn’t even true,” he said. “I hope the poker community gets this message. I have nothing to do with these Twitter entries and they are written without my permission.”