Patrik Antonius Usurps Ivey With $16.4m Profit On Full Tilt

Patrik Antonius Usurps Ivey With $16.4m Profit On Full TiltAfter years of being the world’s biggest online poker winner, Phil Ivey has finally fallen off the top spot after a disastrous return to Full Tilt Poker in which the legend has been unable to gain any traction on the site.
Casing point, playing under his own screen name Ivey’s profits hit $19,242,744 between 2007 and 2011, but since Full Tilt relaunched Ivey has shed $4,588,929 of his bankroll to show a reduced profit of $14,653,815 million overall.
On the other hand, Finland’s Patrik Antonius had made $11,315,549 on the site prior to Black-Friday, and since returning to Full Tilt under his new pseudonym “FinddaGrind” has continued much in the same vein and has added a further $5,084,330 to his winnings. Antonius’s new overall tally of $16,399,879 means the 33 year-old has overtaken Ivey by $1,746,064.
At the nose bleed stakes Ivey could conceivably bridge the gap over a few successful sessions. However, the signs do not seem at all good for now as whereas Patrik Antonius seems to be on the ascendancy with $977,726 in profits for 2014, making him the third biggest winner of the year, Ivey by contrast is $4.7 million down this year making him the third biggest loser in 2014.
Back in 2010 when his online results were  continuing to shine, Phil Ivey gave a rather revealing interview with pokerlistings in which he shed a light into what it takes to be a top player. As the 38 year-old explained at the time:
“In poker if you’re going to get good you have got to learn to lose. ‘Cause poker is just like any other game or sport. But you are going to have to learn how to deal with losing in order to become a better winner. That’s why I think poker is such a wonderful game. There are guys that play certain sports that (sic) hardly ever lose, but in poker, you are just going to have to lose.”
Ivey will now be hoping to use that self same positive approach to overcome his biggest ever downswing playing online. Meanwhile, with two multimillion dollar court cases hanging over his head related to casino card-edging allegations, Ivey at least learned some good news recently.  After his ex-wife Luciaetta married a gentleman called Chris Rich, Ivey will will no longer be required to make the $180,000 per month divorce alimony payments he has shelling out over the past few years. Every little bit counts.

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