Patrik Antonius is one of the most recognisable characters in
poker today with an unquestionable amount of skill and an
aggressive playing style. Antonius played poker with friends on a
casual basis for years, but when he started playing online he very
soon became determined to drastically and quickly improve his game.
Mentored by Marcel Lϋske and Jennifer Harman, 2005 saw Antonius
start to make a name for himself in poker after finishing twelfth
at the World Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure, fifteenth in the Bay
101 Shooting Stars event, and successfully participating in several
Patrik Antonius is heads-up specialist, and plays regular online
high-stakes games - from which he has won millions of dollars. In
November 2009 Patrik Antonius won the biggest pot in online poker
history - a whopping $1,356,946 - against Viktor Blom, who was at
that time only known by his moniker 'Isildur1'. In addition to this
unique achievement, Patrik Antonius can boast over $3 million in
career tournament winnings.
Born in Helsinki, Finnish Antonius now resides in Monte Carlo with
his two children and his wife Maya Geller. Before his pro poker
career, Patrik was a tennis player and coach, and a model.
Interesting fact: Antonius was the first player to go up
against Tom Dwan in Dwan's "Million Dollar Challenge". The
challenge entails a 50,000 hands heads-up, but neither players have
managed to clear enough time in their schedules to complete the
challenge as yet!