April High Stakes: Antonius Arrives

Patrik Antonius, Ilari Sahamies
Patrik Antonius

One Team Full Tilt member rose to dominance in April’s high stakes online games while another came crashing down.

Team Full Tilt Pro Patrik Antonius, who’s had a mediocre 2011, absolutely crushed his competition winning $2.3 million in April.

Strangely his amazing hot streak began almost immediately after U.S. players were forced to vacate Full Tilt Poker due to online poker’s Black Friday.

On a suddenly U.S. player-less Full Tilt, Antonius has reigned supreme with millions in profit.

It was the opposite experience for fellow Team Full Tilt member Gus Hansen who lost nearly $1 million after posting huge wins every month this year.

Here’s a look at the top five biggest winners and losers for the month of April. For more information be sure to check our online poker stats section.

Top 5 Biggest Winners

1. Patrik Antonius: +$2.3 million

Prior to April, noted poker pro Patrik Antonius appeared to be on cruise control and was actually down close to $500,000.

That all changed in the last two weeks of the month when the Finnish pro seemed to wake up from his merely average play.

Antonius went on an absolute tear that would see him win over $1.5 million in one week and finish the month up $2.3 million.

He’s now in the top five overall biggest winners this year and with the way he’s playing it will only be a matter of time before he’s number one.

Jens Kyllonen
Jens "Ingenious89" Kyllonen

2. Jens “Ingenious89” Kyllonen: +$1.1 million

Jens “Ingenious89” Kyllonen made a name for himself in the last month.

Although he was already well known online and actually won EPT Copenhagen in 2009, Kyllonen put together one of his best months ever in April.

For some reason the Finnish players seem to have taken over since U.S. players left Full Tilt. Kyllonen and Antonius were the two best examples, although Finnishnightmre was also in the mix.

Time will tell if Kyllonen will remain one of the most active players on the site.

3. URnotINdanger2: +$956,000

Scott “URnotINdanger2” Palmer only played half of April thanks to Black Friday but in that time he amassed $956k in profit.

It’s been an up-and-down year for Palmer who has finally won his way back into the black.

The question now is whether Palmer will leave the U.S. in search of online poker on a regular basis.

4. Rui Cao: +$902,000

Frenchman Rui Cao bucked a trend that saw him drop down to -$250k at one point this year.

Instead Cao came out firing in April and after 8,972 had won $902,000. Rui Cao benefited heavily from the 6-Max $300/$600 PLO games that have been running on a regular basis.

The sky is now the limit for Cao as he’s finally got a huge bankroll to work with and won’t be shut out of the games any time soon.

5. bixiu: +$498,000

Perhaps the least known player on our lists this month, bixiu has actually been dominating for years.

Although still unidentified, bixiu smashed his way to $498k in profit after playing 7,208 hands in April.

Not to be underestimated, bixiu has picked up $1.4 million in profit this year and is among the top 10 earners.

Top 5 Biggest Losers

1. Andreas “skjervoy” Torbergsen: -$1.5 million

One of the biggest winners last year, Andreas “skjervoy” Torbergsen got himself into serious trouble in the month of April.

The Norwegian took some bad beats in the ever-present $300/$600 PLO 6-Max games and ended up taking a staggering $1.5 million in damage.

After a good start, Torbergsen is now down $674,000 in 2011 and will have to right the ship quickly if he wants to go into the WSOP on a positive note.

Gus Hansen

2. Gus Hansen: -$964,000

Perhaps the biggest surprise on our April losers’ list is the previously unstoppable Gus Hansen.

Hansen had been absolutely crushing the games in 2011 and took the biggest winner title in January and February before finishing second last month. 

April is the first month that Hansen dipped into the negative and what a dive it was. Hansen got absolutely clobbered in the $300/$600 6-Max games, losing nearly $1 million.

Hansen is still the biggest winner in 2011 with $3.1 million but with a surging Antonius on his tail it may be just a matter of time before he is dethroned.

3. Tom “durrrr” Dwan: -$513,000

Nothing has been going right for Tom “durrrr” Dwan in online poker this year and April was no exception.

The New Jersey cash game wizard continued to look nothing like the durrrr of 2009 and lost half a million in 5,244 hands.

Perhaps the silver lining is that Dwan will be unable to lose any more in the near future as he's locked out of Full Tilt along with the rest of the U.S.

4. Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies: -$481,000

Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies just can’t buy a win these days it seems.

The Finnish poker pro has been on extended slide since last September and despite a few wins, did nothing to improve his record in April.

Sahamies was very active in the big PLO games this month, recording 7,331 hands, but couldn’t regain his winning touch.

Ziggy is now down $704k in 2011.

5. David Oppenheim: -$480,000

David Oppenheim lost $480,000 in the month of April.

That was bad.

On the plus side, however, now that he’s locked out of online poker he may be able to get some live games going where he absolutely slays.

Like many of the players in the losing column this month, Oppenheim ran into some serious trouble in the big PLO games and just couldn’t turn it around.

Oppenheim is still up $789k this year, which makes you wonder if he’s managed to withdraw that amount from FTP.

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