Patrik Antonius Owed $5 Million By Full Tilt PokerOctober 21, 2011 9:04 am
Despite being one of the biggest winners at the site between 2008 and 2011, Patrik Antonius may yet be one of Full Tilt Poker’s biggest individual losers after the Finn revealed he would lose more than $5 million if the poker room fails to make a return to the online market.
Patrik Antonius won a staggering $11,837,531 at Full Tilt applying his poker skills over three years of hard effort online, but the massive sum stuck in his frozen player’s account will undoubtedly put a huge amount of pressure on the high-stakes pro’s bankroll.
In an initial interview with the Team Full Tilt member, Antonius claimed to be holding a lot of money on the site, but intrepid poker investigator Noah ‘NoahSD’ Stephens-Davidowitz decided to do some digging and discovered Antonius had just $100 on his account when Full Tilt Poker was shut down. As he then wrote on the 2+2 Forum:
“I’ll post this because that interview pissed me off: Antonius has less than $100 in his FTP account, and he owes FTP a smallish amount…PA’s not a US resident, so he had 2.5 months to get his money off the site. I don’t know if that’s what happened, but it seems reasonable to assume.”
Now, however, Antonius has responded to his detractor and talked about the situation on the sidelines of the WSOP Europe in Cannes. As Antonius explains:
“This one person made an attack on me, saying I had only $100 in my account. He was right but he’s not right that I’m not a very big loser in this. I’m also concerned how this person got the account balance and why he’s spreading around confidential information.”
According to Antonius, over $5 million of his funds are frozen in the Full Tilt accounts of other players who still owe him money, but are consequently unable to cash out and pay him back. It has even been speculated that Tom Dwan could be one of his debtors.
In order to qualify his situation further, Antonius then claimed he had no foreknowledge of Full Tilt’s collapse despite claims to the contrary by disgruntled forum posters, and concluded by stating:
“A lot of people owe me a lot of money and if Full Tilt goes down completely it’s going to be very difficult for them to pay. The people I transferred the FTP money to are refusing to pay me because it’s stuck on the site and they don’t see it as real money.”