Patrik Antonius Becomes Finland's Number 1 Tournament Earner

Patrik Antonius Becomes Finland's Number 1 Tournament EarnerPatrik Antonius is not only online poker’s all-time cash game winner with over $17 million in earnings, but the 37 year-old pro has become Finland’s top rated tournament pro following a payday which netted him €425,000 ($520,430). Antonius reached the landmark in his career after taking down the partypoker MILLIONS Germany €25,000 Super High Roller at the King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
As a result, Antonius now boasts $7,319,610 in live winnings, in the process propelling him past Juha Helppi currently on $7,118,362, but with a third placed Jani Sointula a long way back on $2,842,473. Antonius has enjoyed a number of other impressive six figure scores over the years, but his biggest win to date is still the A$1.2 million ($1,235,369) he claimed after finishing runner-up at the Aussie Challenge A$250,000 NLHE event in 2012.
A total of 37 players took part in the partypoker €25,000 Super High Roller, which together with a further 14 re-entries resulted in a prize pool of €1,211,250.Needless to say, the field was packed with some of the game’s top talent, including the likes of Felipe Ramos, Niall Farrell, Steffen Sontheimer, Christoph Vogelsang, Koray Aldemir, and Manig Loeser who exited as the bubble boy in 8th after his A-K faltered against the pocket queens of Stefan Schillhabel.
Renato Nowak (9-9) then proceeded to eliminate Dominik Nitsche in 7th, before being dealt pocket eights and doing likewise to short-stacked Dietrich Fast (K-2) in 6th. Next, Stefan Schillhabel (K-K) sent Steve O’Dwyer (A-J) to the rail in 5th, but unfortunately for the German he crashed out a few hands later in 4th after his pocket sevens lost to Joao Simao’s A-10.
Simao, Nowak, and Antonius subsequently battled it out three-handed for the next hour and a half until Simao lost a huge pot against Nowak and pushed soon after holding 5-4 into the pocket nines of Antonius.
Heads-up began with Simao holding a more than 3-1 chip advantage over Antonius, but within half and hour the Finn had reversed positions when the deciding hand was played with Simao (K-K) moving all-in on a 3-A-J-10-K board, only to learn that the king which made him a set also filled in the straight of his opponent.
Final Table Results ($):
1: Patrik Antonius (Fin) $520,430
2: Joao Simao (Brz) $307,666
3: Renato Nowak (Ger) $214,295
4: Stefan Schillhabel (Ger) $153,068
5: Steve O’Dwyer (Ire) $122,454
6: Dietrich Fast (Ger) $91,841

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