Seat 5: Patrik "Fake Love888" Antonius (37) - Vantaa, Finland (Resides in Monaco)
Patrik Antonius is notoriously known as one of the main characters of the golden poker era. When the stakes raised higher than ever after the Moneymaker boom, he was in the perfect place. Mentored by Marcel Lüske and Jennifer Harman, Antonius reached the pinnacle of the high stakes cash game.
The world's best players were regularly gathering in the legendary online nosebleeds games on Full Tilt Poker. Using monikers such as "FinddaGrind" and "CryMeRiver9", Antonius was trading massive, sometimes seven-figure pots with some of the most iconic players in history. He was successfully competing with the likes of Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan or Viktor Blom in their prime.
Antonius, a former tennis player, coach and model, was one of the biggest winners in these incredibly tough games. Various tracking websites show Antonius' all-time online cash game graph well on the north side of a $10 million profit.
After almost a decade in the spotlight, Antonius stepped down in the past few years. He moved to Monaco and enjoyed flying under the radar and playing mostly in private cash games. Now, "The Finn" is back in full swing.
2018 has already been Antonius' best year on the live tournament circuit. He's racked up over $4 million in cashes through the first four months, including $3,153,551 for a second place in the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl in China. Antonius reclaimed the top spot on Finland's all-time money list, having pushed his live earnings over the $11 million mark.
And while he admitted he isn't an experienced tournament player anymore, the class is permanent. He returned to the EPT Main Event final table more than 12 years since he claimed his title in Baden. Now he's eyeing to become only the second two-time champion, following Victoria Coren Mitchell.
Patrik Antonius in EPT Main Events:
Previous cashes: 3
Previous final tables: 2 (1st at EPT2 Baden for €288,180, 3rd at EPT2 Barcelona for €117,000)
Total Main Event winnings: €423,500
Patrik Antonius' Main Event run:
|Ended Day 1 with||66,500||139 / 299|
|Ended Day 2 with||114,000||84 / 120|
|Ended Day 3 with||778,000||9 / 45|
|Ended Day 4 with||1,505,000||7 / 16|
|Ended Day 5 with||2,975,000||4 / 8|