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Antonius: Digging a Hole
Patrik Antonius seems to have hit a wall in the world of high-stakes online poker this year, already stuck over $2.4 million in 2010.
The Finnish Full Tilt pro finished 2007 as one of the top 10 most profitable online players in the world, earning over $1.3 million.
In 2008 he became part of Team Full Tilt and earned another $1.3 million at the online poker room's highest stakes games.
But it wasn't until 2009 that Antonius would take the high-stakes world by the throat, coming out of the year as the top profit earner.
He made over $2 million in January of 2009 and didn't look back, eventually finishing the year up close to $9 million.
The last two-million or so came late in the year thanks to the massive swings and action provided by Isildur1.
Antonius went to battle multiple times with unknown Swede, including putting up half the money in the largest pot ever played online. Then just five days after the record-breaking pot hit the books, he and Isildur1 broke the record again, this time pushing the bar up to over $1.3 million.
But despite having the year of his life in 2009, Antonius began 2010 on a down-swing.
Now three months in, he has been unable to pull out of it yet.
After 54,170 hands, Antonius has dug himself a hole over $2.4 million dollars deep, making him the year's biggest loser, $64,000 ahead of Brian Townsend.
To make matters worse, he has suffered a large portion of this year's losses while playing sessions in the seemingly ever-lasting durrrr Challenge. After 33,000 of the 50k hands to be played, Antonius trails by almost $2 million there and shows little signs of being able to turn that defecit around.
Now, it appears every challenge session brings Antonius closer to losing the $500,000 side bet, putting him on course for the worst year of his online poker life.
The one bright spot came in his largest pot this year - A win against Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies.
He took the $497k pot after his aces held against Sahamies' multiple draws.
And with multiple players having won or lost well over $2 million in a single session, Antonius is anything but down for the count.
Stay tuned to our MarketPulse section to keep on top of the action as it unfolds, and, as always, you can count on re-caps and updates as the action hits the books.
To see more hands from this year and last, head to MarketPulse.