Antonius To Focus On Tournaments Over Cash Games

High-stakes legend Patrik Antonius has been discussing his recent return to the live tournament scene. caught up with the 38-year-old Finn to see exactly why he has revived his tournament career over the last 18 months.

By: Mark Patrickson

Seen as a great all-rounder, Antonius is probably better known for his cash game prowess over his tournament game. That said, as he has long been considered one of the game’s true elite, he was quite handy in a tournament environment with around $7 million in winnings until he almost stopped playing.

At the start of 2018, he decided he was getting a taste for high-stakes MTTs once again. In fact, so much so that in the last 18 months he has almost added $5 million more to his total. He is still chasing the big cash games though, wherever they may pop up.

In terms of the high roller tournaments and the biggest cash games Antonius says the players are not the same from each discipline, as it used to be. The elite has definitely split. There is also a distinct contrast between what is happening online compared to live. The mixed games in the casinos are apparently still soft at the right times, while online they are tougher than they’ve ever been.

Returning to what is happening with his born again tournament career, Antonius talks about riding the crest of a wave due to the new hotshots not knowing too much about how he plays. Also, while he definitely gives away a lot in terms of modern poker theory, he does still have those finely tuned instincts from the old days.

Probably the most popular point that was highlighted in the interview was that of the new-type shot clock used in the Patrik Antonius Poker Challenge. The idea was to give increasing amounts of time the further the hand progressed to prevent tanking too much early in the hand. Timebanks were also made available for those times when early decisions did warrant a longer think.

Patrik Antonius is one of the most popular players the game has ever seen. Hopefully this new drive that he is displaying will lead him onto other challenges that can improve the game for the future.


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