Patrik Antonius Next to Join Team partypoker?

Looks like Patrik Antonius has started 2018 with a mission to make himself far more visible and active in the poker world he has dominated for the past decade and a half. With partypoker on a similar mission to make themselves more visible by sponsoring and endorsing more and more players, could this be a match-up made in heaven?

Antonius is rarely seen at live tournaments apart from the occasional Super High Roller or if the event is close to his home in Monaco. However, he has recently been posting on Instagram and Twitter about his upcoming live poker tourney schedule, where he is due to go from his recent (and currently still ongoing) appearance at the partypoker MILLIONS in Rozvadov, to the OlyBets Kings of Tallinn in Estonia.

partypoker were obviously excited about the appearance of one of the game's greats and were eager to promote his appearance with Antonius one of the first big names confirmed to take part in MILLIONS, Germany

Of course one shouldn't read too much into these things, although since Antonius performance this week, the idea of recruiting a newly invigorated Patrik Antonius to Team partypoker must surely be tempting for the online giant? Not only did Antonius win the first tournament he entered this year (the €25k High Roller for €425k), but he has also made the final table of the €50k Super High Roller.

What other reasons might tempt partypoker to make PA one of their own?

Patrik Antonius is without doubt one of the most iconic poker players since the poker boom of the mid-noughties. While plenty of other players who initially made their fortunes on the internet have now successfully transitioned to live cash game players (think Tom "durrrrr" Dwan, Brian "tsarrast" Rast, Rui "PepperoniF" Cao, Andrew "good2cu" Robl, Justin "Boosted J" Smith etc), Patrik Antonius was the first to fully assimilate into that world. While the likes of Brian Townsend, Phil Galfond, and Ilari Sahamies always looked a little out of place on Late Night Poker and Poker After Dark trading six-figure pots with the likes of Doyle Brunson, Eli Elizra, Sammy Farha, and Phil Ivey, somehow Patrik Antonius just looked as though he belonged.

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Above: Patrik Antonius about the get involved in another colossal pot in an episode of Poker After Dark in the late noughties

In fact, Antonius became such a regular fixture at the "Big Game" in Bobby's Room at the Bellagio that it's actually sometimes easy to forget that Antonius is very much a product of the internet age, making his first fortune in his ealy/mid-20's - most visibly at Full Tilt Poker where he accumulated over $18m in profit since 2007 at the highest stakes. Considering Antonius was already crushing high stakes at least two years prior to any tracking sites recording his results, and the fact that he crushed high stakes at plenty of untracked European sites throughout this time then we are probably talking about the biggest ever online cash game winner.

His male model good looks, his cool demeanour, and his gentlemanly disposition all make him a marketers dream - one of the reasons Patrik Antonius was the first internet star to be made a full member of Team Full Tilt in June 2008.

His live tourney resume may pale in comparison with his cash game results but with with over $7.1m in cashes he is (as of this week) the biggest winner in Finnish tournament history - and if he decided to join the high roller circuit we've no doubt that figure will become considerably larger.

All in all, if he is committed to playing the circuit and is ready and willing to represent a poker site, Patrik Antonius would have to be one of the best catches partypoker could make - although catch a big fish you need an big (and expensive) net...

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