Antonius Still Owed Huge Debt Thanks to FTP Fallout

Patrik Antonius
Patrik Antonius

Patrik Antonius is running hot in the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event but is still owed serious cash by numerous players who were involved with Full Tilt.

In 2011 Antonius told PokerListings he could potentially lose $5 million thanks to Full Tilt Poker’s problems. 

Antonius’ problems were multiplied by the fact he had money indirectly frozen on Full Tilt and was owed millions by fellow players who made their living on the site.

When asked if the debt had been paid in regards to the players who owed him money, Antonius was brutally honest.

“No it hasn’t,” he said. “It hurt me big time because so many people owed me money.

"Many people who were involved with Full Tilt… they owe me a lot of money. Because they got hurt, I’m not going to see my money for awhile.”

Surprisingly Antonius also went on to say that PokerStars’ recent purchase of Full Tilt didn’t help him with the debts he’s owed.

Antonius Crushing 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event

Patrik Antonius
Patrik Antonius
 

Despite still being owed the money, Antonius is trying not to concentrate on it too much.

“It’s in the past now,” said Antonius.

Antonius has other concerns, like trying to finally close out a big $10k tournament. The Finn was leading the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event mid-way through Day 4.

Although Antonius rarely travels for tournaments, he has a good record in $10k buy-ins over the last few years with a great performance in the WSOPE Main Event in 2012 and an eighth place finish in the Aussie Millions Main Event in 2011.

“I’ve made quite a few deep runs,” he said.

“One of the most frustrating was the WSOPE Main Event. I think I played the best tournament poker of my life and then I lost one hand and I was out.”

Antonius has a particularly good record at the Aussie Millions. In 2012 he finished second in the Aussie Millions $250k High Roller for $1.2 million.

“I love Australia,” said Antonius. “This is basically my favorite tournament of the year. I’m always happy here, which means I’m playing very good poker. I will always come to Australia for this tournament.”

Check our news section for updates on Antonius’ efforts to make the final table of this year’s contest.

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About Arthur Crowson

Arthur has been involved exclusively with the poker industry since the 2006 World Series of Poker where he still claims to have captured the first interview with a then-unknown player named Jamie Gold on one of the days leading up to the Main Event final table. Since then Arthur has been working full-time for PokerListings.com writing news stories, covering poker tournaments, interviewing players and snapping photos.

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Grant 2013-02-06 11:59:36

How much of that debt has to be Benyamine and Matusow? 90%?