Patrik Antonius Says He Can’t Beat Opponents Who Use Poker Software


After an extended period away from the spotlight, Finnish poker pro Patrik Antonius (pictured) resurfaced at the European Poker Tour Barcelona stop, where he gave a few short interviews to the poker media about his absence from the game.

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In a previous interview, Antonius mentioned that he had recently been spending time with his family, recovering from an injury, and training to become a better athlete. But there is another reason why we haven’t seen the Finnish high-stakes pro back at the nosebleeds online. Antonius believes that poker software has become so advanced that players who choose not to use such applications, such as himself, are now at a big disadvantage.

“You know, it’s a little sad, but it looks like the technology has advanced so much that it’s become a totally different game,” he told PokerListings. “Nowadays, players use software that gives them so much information and so much data that it has become more of a game of numbers.”

Antonius has never cared for poker software and says he has an innate ability to make the right plays by following his gut. “I never used any of these programs,” he continued. “I’ve never used technology to get an edge. I’m more of a feel player who’s living in the moment.”

There are a variety of tools available to poker players, the most popular being programs being Hold’em Manager and PokerTracker (pictured). Players gain an advantage on their opponents by feeding the software hand histories, which are then parsed to display a dizzying array of statistics. While a player might not remember his opponent, the software will faithfully overlay stats next to any screen name it has encountered in the past.

While most poker sites allow the use of some software tools, others give its users too much of an advantage and have been banned altogether. On its website, PokerStars gives an example of functionality that would be prohibited to use: “There are people building huge databases with profiles of every player on PokerStars and they are selling access to these databases. A player with access to such a database can call up detailed information about every one of his opponents without ever playing against those opponents himself.”

For someone who has never used poker software, Antonius has done extraordinarily well online. Under his combined online poker screen names, he has banked just over $17 million playing against some of the world’s best at the nosebleeds. Only Phil Ivey has more recorded online winnings with $19.2 million.

Antonius’ recent hiatus can also be attributed to a big loss which he recently suffered. “I lost about a million straight and then I realized that I couldn’t beat the ring games anymore and that was largely due to tracking software,” he said.

The Finnish pro’s decision to step back from games he believes he can no longer beat is in stark contrast to Dutch high-stakes player Gus Hansen (pictured). The former Full Tilt-sponsored pro sits at the opposite end of the online earning spectrum with a total loss of over $20 million, which most believe is a product of Hansen playing opponents who have him outmatched.

But while Antonius will likely shy away from the popular online games, he still enjoys playing Mixed Games for now. “Well, I’m sure some smart people are working on it and that there will be programs for Stud or Heads-Up 2-7 Triple Draw,” he said. “I would take my chances against any high-stakes player live, but online I don’t like my chances anymore, unfortunately.”

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    • Maybe if he played correctly he wouldn’t be able to be exploited. Way easier to blame software than fix leaks….

    • Takes a smart person to admit he isn’t good enough. Why does he need to battle with better players who also use software that clearly enhances their performance when he already has made his money and can play in softer live games.

    • Maybe if he played correctly he wouldn’t be able to be exploited. Way easier to blame software than fix leaks….

      Is kind’ve a weird stance when people were using huds against him when he won the 17 million too. Other players worked on their game and got better

    • hey its online poker and there are tools of the trade. Just imagine trading stocks today the way you traded them 50 years ago…things change, either you change with them or leave the game. He is leaving the game. Nothing wrong with that.

    • Do you think antonius even knows what a gto solver is?

      dude, youre clearly a better player than he is .. you should play him heads-up in mix games and make condescending comments about his lack of knowledge about game theory.

      How insecure in you’re own abilities do you have to be, to come in here and make fun of a guy who was once a top name player and is now publically admitting he cant beat online poker anymore. you seem like a real prince.

    • I think you’ll find that Gus Hansen is Danish and not Dutch as reported. As for PA, with him getting live action in Monaco and Macao, I think he be ok. He obviously understands table selection.

    • Maybe if he played correctly he wouldn’t be able to be exploited. Way easier to blame software than fix leaks….

      …way easier to fix leaks when you use the software…….

    • It’s interesting people are in here disparaging PA. He’s obviously a great player. Him stating he doesn’t want to play high stakes online NLHE and PLO games, takes some self awareness and discipline. I doubt he would turn down a game vs. a high stakes online player if they wanted to play nosebleed stakes at a live venue. I never played high stakes online, unless you consider 30/60 limit games high stakes, but I have no desire to play ring games online anymore for the same reasons PA is giving. I’d rather play 5/10NL live at the Hard Rock in Tampa, than play any ring game online. Game selection is key, and not playing against some of the best high stakes online ring game players is a good move for PA.

    • Patrik Antonius Says He Can’t Beat Opponents Who Use Poker Software

      Im gonna take it on myself, fixeth title …

      It should be “Patrick had an upgraph, but Patrick, a spoiled brat since infancy, was mad more had to be leraned”

    • Huds should have never been allowed to be used in the first place. Totally unfair! You are not allowed to bring hugs to traditional brick and mortar tables and thus shouldn’t be allowed online these people who use them are whining because now they have to use their brains to play the game.