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  1. For many who take the game of poker seriously, they can point to another player who has had a profound effect on their game. Whether it’s emerging from obscurity to win the Main Event of the World Series of Poker, pulling off heart-stopping bluffs on High Stakes Poker, or crushing the nosebleed stakes of online poker, some of the best poker players in the world have helped to inspire generations of new players find their way in poker. We've spoken with some of the biggest stars in the game today about who it their poker idols are. Brazil’s Vivian Saliba first gained the attention of the poker world through her consistent play and results in the Brazilian Series of Poker. In 2017, the PLO specialist made a splash at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, racking up five cashes including a resume-building run in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8 Handed Championship for $47,923. As more results in high profile tournaments came her way, Saliba’s poker career took another step forward as she signed on to become an ambassador for 888poker and started traveling all over the world playing in live events. In 2019, she earned the biggest score of her career after finishing in fourth place in the WSOP $888 Crazy Eights event for $308,888. When you first started playing poker, who was the player you admired the most? I remember that when I first started playing poker, I would spend many of my weekends watching Poker After Dark on TV or any other poker show that I could find. I used to admire Patrik Antonius, Phil Ivey, and Tom Dwan. If I have to pick one name, I would say probably Patrick Antonius. What was it about that player that you liked or admired? Patrik Antonius had a very professional approach at the poker table and booked constant wins. Tom Dwan and Ivey used to impress me because of their very aggressive style, crazy bluffs, and unbelievable reads. When did you first get to see them play (either on TV, or live)? I started watching poker shows on TV since I was a teenager and this was the time I got to have knowledge of these players. The first time I traveled to Las Vegas for the WSOP, back in 2016, I had the opportunity to play the Ladies Event at the same table as Vanessa Selbst. That was the first I played against a real big name in poker. The first time I played against one of the players of my original list was in 2017 during the WSOPE Main Event, Patrick Antonius was at my table on Day 2. Did you ever get to meet that player and what was that like? When I used to be very inexperienced with poker, probably I would just imagine that any professional poker player could do "miracles" with the cards they were dealt, but as I grew older and more experienced, I learned that after all, we all make mistakes and most of the players I used to put on a pedestal are in the end just normal people that play very good poker. I was excited about playing at the same table as some big names but mostly because it meant to me how far I have progressed from where I first started (playing freerolls with my dad on weekends). Can you tell me about something either on the felt or off of the felt that you learned from them? I would say that I learned that is very important to have a good presence at the table, to keep your ambitions high, and to constantly improve your game. How does it feel to know somebody out there looks at you the way you looked up to your favorite player? I feel very flattered but at the same time with great responsibility. As a public person in the poker market, I must represent the sport well and set a good example for others. I remember the first time someone asked me for a picture during a poker tournament, I couldn´t understand why someone would want to take a picture with me but I felt very happy with the situation. Nowadays I receive a lot of support in the live events and thru my social media channels and this motivates me to do better and keep improving as a person and as a poker player.
  2. The WPT Online Championship at partypoker is down to its final eight players from the field of 2,130 entries. Sweden's Christian Jeppsson is the man to catch entering Wednesday's final day of play and there's a first-place prize of $1.048 million awaiting the winner. Jeppsson finished Tuesday with 17.573 million in chips. In second on the leaderboard is Sam Greenwood with 16.087 million. Pascal Hartmann sits third with 14.884 million and he's bunched up with Alexander Stuart Clark with 14.407 million. Bubbling the final table was Dmitry Yurasov, and notables Benny Glaser (11th - $51,120), Matthias Eibinger (20th - $28,755), Ema Zajmovic (25th - $21,150.90), and Matas Cimbolas (37th - $18,594.90) all had deep runs. WPT Online Championship had a buy-in of $3,200 and generated a prize pool of $6.39 million, topping the event's $5 million guarantee. There is more than a million dollars up top, and the final eight have each locked up $66,775.50. Play is set to resume on Wednesday, May 20, at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) to crown a World Poker Tour champion. Event #42: 6-Max Bounty Hunter $400K Gtd is also down to its final eight players. This tournament had a buy-in of $2,100 and a field size of 185 entries. Leading the final eight is Patrik Antonius with 1.644 million in chips. The top two places are set to earn more than $39,000 each in addition to the bounties that are won. In Event #43: $10,300 High Roller $1M Gtd, the final eight players remain from a 101-entry field. Leading the way is Andras Nemeth with 911,709 in chips. It's a sizeable lead for Nemeth, as Daniil Kiselev is in second place with 637,468. Dan Smith, who is coming off a victory in Event #37: $25,500 Super High Roller for $555,503, is the shortest stack left with 88,309. The winner of this one is set to take home $247,450 and the final eight are each guaranteed $32,825. Event #20 - $3,200 WPT Online Championship 2,130 entries $6,390,000 prize pool Final Table Chip Counts Christian Jeppsson - 17,573,926 Sam Greenwood - 16,087,766 Pascal Hartmann - 14,884,499 Alexander Stuart Clark - 14,407,969 Viktor Ustimov - 9,138,972 Jukka Koskela - 5,700,975 Nikolay Ponomarev - 5,132,492 Pascal Teekens - 2,215,627 Event #42 - $2,100 6-Max Bounty Hunter $400K Gtd 185 entries $400,000 prize pool Final Eight Chip Counts Patrik Antonius - 1,644,597 ($11,140.62 in bounties) Alessandro Valli - 1,003,749 ($4,437.50 in bounties) Jacob Verloop - 903,717 ($1,000 in bounties) Gustavo Mastelotto - 620,643 ($4,187.50 in bounties) Tamas Adamszki - 453,533 ($5,312.50 in bounties) Pedro Garagnani - 330,001 ($4,125 in bounties) Istvan Habencius - 322,256 ($6,312.50 in bounties) Alexandr Trofimov - 271,504 ($6,937.50 in bounties) Event #43: $10,300 High Roller $1M Gtd 101 entries $1,010,000 prize pool Final Table Chip Counts Andras Nemeth - 911,709 Daniil Kiselev - 637,468 Jorma Nuutinen - 377,651 David Peters - 306,906 Fabrizio Gonzalez - 289,449 David Gent - 228,730 Mark Davis - 189,778 Dan Smith - 88,309
  3. Thursday's World Poker Tour Online schedule featured just one final table but what was lacking in quantity was made up quality as the single final table was packed with some of the best poker players in the world. Sam Greenwood topped the 105-entry field in Event #11 ($10,300 High Roller) to win $257,250. The final player Greenwood eliminated, Matthias Eibinger had to settle for runner-up status and $183,750. Rui Ferreira came in third for $131,250. Greenwood also finished ninth in Event #14 ($25,500 Super High Roller) for $61,250. That event plays down to a winner on Friday with Elias Talvitie leading and $600,250 for the eventual winner. Thursday also had 479 runners enter Day 1E of the WPT500 event. Dzmitry Urbanovich had the biggest stack of the 64 players who survived to move onto Day 2. Urbanovich finished with 406,443 chips. Patrik Antonius also finished with a top ten stack, bagging up 285,440. Five starting flights remain with 2,589 total entries to date. WPT Online Event #11 $10,300 High Roller 105 Entries $1,050,000 Prize Pool Sam Greenwood - $257,250 Matthias Eibinger - $183,750 Rui Ferreira - $131,250 Jorma Nuutien - $91,875 Alexandru Papazian - $68,250 Timothy Adams - $52,500 Joni Jouhkimainen - $42,000 Pauli Ayras - $34,125 WPT Online WPT500 Day 1E 479 Entries $239,500 Prize Pool Top 10 Chip Counts Dzmitry Urbanovich - 406,443 Dean Arsenie - 350,552 Jonathan Therme - 331,257 Brian Wouters - 301,295 Harutyun Sahakyan - 293,326 Diogo Cardoso - 290,623 Ali Zihni - 290,533 Patrik Antonius - 285,440 Les Packer - 276,999 Manuel Bardon - 271,670
  4. [caption width="640"] The European Poker Tour has launched the careers of some of the biggest and brightest stars in the game today (PokerStars photos)[/caption] Many of the world's best poker players are packed into a hotel in Prague right now, and the excitement in the air is irrefutable. You might say this is always the case when a big live tournament is about to take place, but this buzz is unique: EPT13 Prague is the last ever European Poker Tour festival, and will crown the final EPT champion before the series is re-branded. From January, the events will now be known as PokerStars Championships, and they won’t be limited to European soil, starting with thePokerStars Championship Bahamas (formerly PCA) on January 6, 2017. The EPT will always hold a special place in the hearts of many players, and winning one has catapulted dozens of careers. To mark the official end of the EPT, we’ve hand-picked ten of the biggest breakout stars of the EPT over the past 13 seasons. We start with five players who made a name for themselves in the early years of the Tour. Patrik AntoniusIt feels strange to kick off a list of breakout tournament stars with a man known primarily as a live and online cash game player, but there’s no denying that Patrik Antonius’ win back at the EPT2 Baden Classic in 2005 for €288,180 was the first introduction to the Fin for many. Antonius’ career post-EPT win is well documented; he’s played in the largest cash games around the world, including on sorely-missed TV shows High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark, not to mention playing in many of the biggest online pots in history. Mike McDonaldThe Mike McDonald of EPT4 Dortmund is barely recognizable compared to the McDonald of today. When the man known as Timex won the event back in 2008 for €933,600, he was a rake-thin 18-year-old with a clear talent for the game, both live and online. Fast forward eight and a half years and McDonald is now considered one of tournament poker’s best, with more than $13 million in live earnings and an additional $3.1 million won online. As well as his many high roller results, Timex almost became a two-time EPT champ in January 2014 when he finished runner-up at the PCA, and he recently took down the first ever GPL Finals as part of the Montreal Nationals. Bertrand ‘ElkY' GrospellierAlready a celebrity in the gaming world (particularly in South Korea where he lived, worked, and played prior to his breakout poker success), ElkY burst onto the poker scene with his bright hair and big personality back in 2008. Having previously finished second at EPT3 Copenhagen, the Frenchman took down a massive $2 million when he won the 2008 PCA, and that led to a string of impressive results. In October 2008 he won a WPT for $1.41 million, followed by a $25K High Roller victory at the PCA a year after his win for $433,500. By this point ElkY was a dominant force in tournament poker, securing him a spot on Team PokerStars Pro which he holds to this day. He’d cement his legacy with two wins at EPT7 Madrid; one in the $25K High Roller for $779,221, and another in a $10K Turbo High Roller for $227,087. Liv BoereeIt would be impossible to create a list of EPT “stars” and not include Liv Boeree. She’s become one of the most popular and heavily marketed faces in all of poker, primarily due to her sponsorship deal with PokerStars. But Boeree can certainly play; she’d already racked up 23 live cashes before her breakout win at EPT6 San Remo in 2010 for $1.698 million. Since then Boeree has notched up a string of EPT main event cashes, as well as almost clinching a UKIPT title (2nd for $97,057) and finishing third in a $25K High Roller at EPT12 Barcelona for $449,383. She’s no slouch on the online felt either, with almost $600,000 in earnings. Jason MercierIt’s pretty impressive when you scroll down to the bottom a player’s Hendon Mob page and see that their first ever live cash was an EPT win. That’s the case for Jason Mercier, who took down EPT4 San Remo in 2008 for $1.37 million. Of course, Mercier was already known as an online grinder prior to that, and he’s since gone on to become one of the most esteemed and established players in all areas of poker. Five WSOP bracelets and a WSOP Player of the Year title; seven COOP titles (including three SCOOP wins in one year); win after win; final table after final table; deep run after deep run; to list all of Mercier’s accomplishments would take too long. Look for Part 2 of this piece on Thursday, which will focus on players who found fame and fortune from 2011-2016.
  5. The European Poker Tour's return to Monte Carlo certainly didn't disappoint and as the Main Event final table wrapped up on Friday, there were two former GPI #1-ranked players and Hungarian Cinderella that had almost everybody cheering for him. In the end though it was France's Nicolas Dumont who outlasted them all to win his first major title, over €700,000 and a Platinum Pass worth $30,000. Ole Schemion was once in full control of this tournament, but late Thursday things went awry for the German and he started the final table eighth in chips. He lasted exactly one hand on Friday. David Peters opened to 225,000 from UTG+2, Patrik Antonius called from the cutoff and Schemion moved all in from the button for 1,160,000. Peters folded but Antonius both called and showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"] while Schemion turned over [poker card="kd"][poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="jd"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5h"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4s"] to give Antonius to pair and eliminate Schemion in eighth place. Just over 30 minutes later a blind-vs-blind battle. Javier Fernandez, down to just 12 big blinds, moved all in from the small blind and Tomas Jozonis defended from the big. Fernandez turned over [poker card="ad"][poker card="4s"] but got bad news wehen Jozonis showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="7d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3d"] flop gave Fernandez some hope but neither the [poker card="9h"] turn or [poker card="th"] river was any help and he was out in seventh place. Antonius was arguably the biggest name at the final table. Having already won an EPT title once in his career, Antonius is more known for his high stakes cash game action now. Unfortunately, the Finn was unable to add another major tournament title to his resume. Antonius moved all in for 1,305,000 from the button and Dumont called from the small blind. Antonius showed [poker card="kd"][poker card="qc"] and Dumont showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"]. The board ran out [poker card="ts"][poker card="9h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"] to eliminate Antonius in sixth. While Antonius was one of the big names at the final table, he wasn't the one stealing all the headlines in the lead up to the final table. Krisztian Gyorgyi, who qualified for this event in a €5 spin-n-go, had won the hearts and minds of viewers at home with a bluff on the livestream. Unfortunately, that moment didn't lead to a better one on Friday for the Hungarian. Gyorgyi raised to 280,000 from UTG, Dumont called from middle position before Honglin Jiang moved all-in from the button. Gyorgyi used one time extension before calling all in and Dumont folded. Gyorgyi turned over [poker card="ah"][poker card="kc"] and found himself racing against Jiang's [poker card="4c"][poker card="4h"]. That race all but ended after the [poker card="qc"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3c"] flop and then ended for good after the [poker card="6s"] turn. The [poker card="jc"] hit the river, making Gyorgyi's fifth place elimination official. It took an hour for another elimination to happen. Jozonis raised to 325,000 from UTG and Peters movedall in for 2,325,000 from the button. The blinds both folded and Jozonis called and turned over [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. Peters grimaced after revealing [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="6c"][poker card="ts"] flop kept Jozonis ahead as did the [poker card="ad"] turn and [poker card="td"] river and Peters was eliminated in fourth. Even though he picked up Peters' chip, Jozonis only stuck around another 30 minutes. Down to just 12 big blinds, the #1-ranked online poker player in Lithuania moved all in from the button and was called by Jiang in the big blind. Jozonis turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="6h"] and found himself dominated by Jiang's [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="th"][poker card="9d"][poker card="4h"] flop made things ever worse for Jozonis and he was eliminated in third after the [poker card="5c"] and [poker card="2s"] completed the board. Jiang started heads up with 57.8% of the chips in play but over the next 90 minutes, all of that went away. On the final hand of the night, Dumont limped, Jiang raised to 650,000, and Dumont responded by re-raising to 2,200,000. Jiang continued the aggression, moving all in fro 10,075,000 total and Dumont called instantly. Jiang showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] and Dumont happily showed [d][poker card="qh"]. There was no bad beat in the [poker card="kc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3d"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3s"] runout and Dumont eliminated Jiang to win his first major title and €712,000. Final Table Payouts Nicolas Dumont - €712,000 Honglin Jiang - €434,000 Tomas Jozonis - €308,000 David Peters - €232,000 Krisztian Gyorgyi - €184,000 Patrik Antonius - €139,050 Javier Fernandez - €99,900 Ole Schemion - €68,300
  6. [caption width="640"] Catalin Pop took home the first 888Live title in 2017[/caption] 2017 was a year of big fields and bigger prize pools for the popular series of 888Live Events. As the current 888Live Season comes to an end we look back on the major events and the players who found themselves fortunate enough to lift the 888Live trophies and call themselves champions. In February, the King’s Casino in Rozvadov played host to the first 888Live Festival of the year. In the Main Event, 531 entries put up the brand appropriate €808 +80 buy-in to create a prize pool of over €407,000. The broad coalition of international players included some big names and top-tier professionals including William Kassouf (23rd), Ludovic Geilich (4th) and Niall Farrell (3rd). But it was Germany’s affable Catalin Pop that outlasted them all to take home €80,000 ($86,246) and be crowned 888poker’s first festival champion of 2017. Just two months later, in April, 303 runners hopped into the 888Live Easter Edition at Aspers Casino Stratford in London generating a prize pool of £121,200 ($151,438). 888poker brought out their ambassadors to play host as Sofia Lovgren (30th) and Chris Moorman (13th) found their way into the money for the first time in the season. At the final table with five players left, local grinder Krzysztof Pregowski found himself at the bottom of the pack. He laddered up to make the final three where a deal was made guaranteeing him £15,000. Finally, he battled all the way to the winner's circle, defeating runner-up Terry Jordan for a grand total of £21,118 ($26,386). While Jordan didn’t get to take home the trophy, he was the chipleader when the deal was made and ended up celebrating with, basically, a first place of £21,000 ($26,239). 888Live Events continue to emerge as one of the premiere poker circuits of any given year. Now that 2017 is in the books, all that’s left is to wonder is...where will 888Live land in 2018?
  7. We're done with 2014, which means it's time to look back on the year that was and dole out a few awards. PokerNewshighlighted the biggest cash game winners of the year and taking home the largest payday at $2.8 million on Full Tiltwas Dan "jungleman12" Cates (pictured). According to the site, Cates put in 669 sessions on Full Tilt in 2014 totaling 90,052 hands and $2.8 million in profit, an average profit per hand of $31.15. He also managed to scoop an additional $631,000 from PokerStars to boost his total earnings in 2014 at the cash game tables to $3.4 million. According to HighStakesDB, Cates is up $10.2 million under his jungleman12screen name on Full Tilt since the site began tracking him in 2009. All told, he has logged 390,000 hands since then despite Full Tilt being shut down for a portion of that time and has turned a profit in every game HighStakesDB has tracked for him. In August, Cates, a former Durrrr Challenge competitor, reached $10 million in winnings at the high-stakes tables at Full Tilt, according to HighStakesDB. Second place on the cash game leaderboard for 2014 went to Mikael "punting-peddler" Thuritz, who bagged $2.5 million on Full Tilt. In 2014, he logged 353 sessions and 59,239 hands for an average profit of $43.43 per hand. Third place went to Patrik Antonius, a familiar face who plays on Full Tilt under the user name FinddaGrind. Last year, Antonius put in 373 sessions on Full Tilt totaling 41,850 hands and a profit of $1.6 million, or $40.23 per hand. Also according to PokerNews, the largest pot of 2014 weighed in at $382,000 and took place at a $200/$400 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em table between Doug "WCGRider" Polk and Denoking. The money went in pre-flop, with Polk's aces taking on Denoking's kings. Multiple boards were run, but Polk took down all of them and ended the year up a little over $1 million. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  8. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. Lance and Matt are all over the hottest topics this week, including the fallout from Mike Leah's World Poker Tour victory. They're also diving in on the faux-controversy over Phil Hellmuth failing to leaving a tip for his Uber driver and are gushing over the success that Stephen Chidwick enjoyed at the 2018 U.S. Poker Open. They also talk about the opening days of the partypoker Millions Germany and the long-awaited return of Patrik Antonius to the winner's circle. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER
  9. According to HighStakesDB, Finland's Patrik Antonius (pictured) has been on fire lately. In fact, Antonius, who plays as "FinddaGrind" on Full Tilt, is up $1.3 million in the last two weeks and a total of $773,000 in 2014. We'll let HighStakesDB describe Antonius' $466,000 win on Sunday, which has helped fuel his recent run: "All of Antonius' winnings came from a 2.25-hour session at FLO8 played against KPR16, Isildur1, and (briefly) Polarizing. The session was already 2.5 hours old when FinddaGrind joined, with Isildur1 sitting on top of a nice $400K stack after winning close to $300K from KPR16. That entire stack was soon to be with FinddaGrind, however, as the Finnish pro won a total of $466.5K from the session. KPR16 ended up down $173.2K, with Blom losing $272.5K." Antonius followed up his $466,000 win on Sunday with another $106,000 in profit on Monday, the third highest total of anyone. According to HighStakesDB, Antonius' "FinddaGrind" account is up nearly $5 million at the cash game tables on Full Tilt since the tracking site began following it seven years ago. Over that time span, Antonius is up $2.8 million at Fixed Limit Omaha High-Low, $1.6 million at Texas Hold'em, $564,000 at Eight-Game, and $549,000 at Pot Limit Omaha. He is in the red, albeit slightly, in Limit Hold'em and Draw Games. Antonius' largest pot played under his "FinddaGrind" user name came in 2013 at a $250/$500 Pot Limit Omaha table on Full Tilt and was worth $236,000. Antonius has also lit it up on the live scene. Impressively, his last seven in the money finishes in live events have all been for at least $100,000, dating back to 2011, according to the Hendon Mob. In February, he finished fifth in the Aussie Millions AUD $100,000 Challenge for USD $626,000. He finished second in the series' AUD $250,000 Challenge in 2012 for USD $1.2 million. Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest high-stakes poker news. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  10. Finnish high-stakes poker pro Patrik Antonius took a moment to speak with PokerNewsduring the Main Event at the European Poker Tour (EPT) stop in Barcelona. He gave an update on the state of high-stakes cash games and shared the details of a bizarre prop bet. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- Speaking to Sarah Herring, the 34-year-old heads-up specialist revealed that live nosebleed games were becoming easier to find in recent months. "There have been a lot of games around the world, even games that I have missed," he said. "I've been looking forward to playing more. It looks like live poker is booming again." Antonius has been relatively quiet this year and hasn't had a major tournament score since winning over half-a-million dollars for taking fifth place in the $100,000 Challenge at the 2014 Aussie Millions. In his recorded tournament career, he has amassed over $6.76 million in cashes. He has also shied away from online cash game play, grinding out only 700 hands this year for a loss of $74,000 under his FinddaGrind nickname. Last year, he played over 41,000 hands for a profit of $1.68 million and has won over $5.72 million in the lifetime of the account. Away from the tables, Antonius stays healthy by eating welland exercising regularly. He travels to Barcelona often to visit friends and enjoys running and biking in the country's mountains. He commented that he hasn't been doing much strength training has instead been working on his endurance and "trying to become a better athlete." As an avid tennis player and coach, it's only natural that the high-stakes pro would want to spice up the games with some outrageous prop bets. In one recent wager, a tennis-playing friend of Antonius agreed to play a match while wearing SCUBA diving fins and wielding a frying pan in place of tennis racket. The friend prevailed, beating his opponent handily 6-0. Athletic prop bets are nothing new for Antonius. In a recent interview, Daniel Negreanu's full-time caddie Christian Sanchez revealed that Negreanu (pictured) and the Finnish grinder once played golf for $150,000 a hole. It's unclear who came out on top, but Negreanu attributes $2 million or $3 million in profits to the caddie. Antonius seems poised to start playing more poker and is feeling healthy after overcoming some issues with physical injuries. "I'm feeling good, happy to train and enjoying life. Poker is going to be better," he said. At the time of this writing, Antonius sits with 90,000 chips in the EPT Barcelona Main Event, with Ukraine's Oleksii Khoroshenin holding onto first place with 1.13 million in chips. The eventual winner will take home a $1.2 million payday. Looking quite relaxed, Antonius told Herring that he had no real strategy for the tournament and would simply do his best by just "going with the moment." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  11. 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. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- 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." Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.
  12. The Triton Poker High Roller roadshow moved to Sochi, Russia this week for the first formal partnered event with a major tour. partypokerLIVE played host with the first of two Triton Rollers finishing today as part of the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia festival. This event was played as standard No Limit Hold'em, not the Short Deck variation Triton is synonymous with. Aymon Hata took down the ₽3 million ($50,000) High Roller amidst a field of 47 to win the ₽48 million ($756,000) first-place prize. Six places paid and nine players made the final table leading to a tense bubble midway through Day 2. Bartlomiej Machon busted an hour into the final table to claim the distinction of ninth and Timothy Adams followed him out the door a few hours after then. Ivan Leow led the final table when play started but an unfortunate streak earned him the bubble boy label. Hata doubled with A♦J♥ against the K♦K♠ of Leow when an ace flopped and Leow sent 25 percent of his stack to his opponent. Phillip Gruissem then caught a Leow bluff with pocket aces and the former chip leader was suddenly looking to hang on for a cash. Leow busted when his A♠10♥ failed to catch up to the Q♣Q♥ of Patrik Antonius for his last 14 big blinds to clinch a payout for the six remaining players. With six players still in, Hata won a key flip to improve his title chances. Hata won with A♥K♥ versus Gruissem's Q♣Q♥ when a king flopped. Gruissem dropped to only 10 big blinds and he busted to Antonius a few hands later to notch another cash on the year. Paul Phua left the action in fifth place and Antonius won another key all-in. Phua shoved for 256,000 with the blinds at 8,000/16,000 holding 9♣9♠ and Antonius woke up with K♦K♠. The board ran out in the favor of Antonius and the final table was left to four. Antonius became the fourth-place finisher as he doubled up Vladimir Troyanovskiy and then busted to the Russian within the span of a few hands. Troyanovskiy won with queens against the fives of Antonius to knock the mighty Fin down to under 30 big blinds. The action picked up from there. Troyanovskiy opened the A♦K♥ to 37,000 and Antonious joined him with 7♥6♥ from the small blind. Hata didn't want to be left out and called in the big blind with A♥4♥. A 10♥3♥3♠ flop resulted in Troyanovskiy betting 50,000 and Antonius following his action with an all-in raise of 408,000. Hata moved all-in over the top and Troyanovskiy pitched his hand. Antonious' limited outs did not materialize and fourth would be his final result. Konstantin Uspenskii felt to Hata only 10 minutes into three-handed play. Uspenskii's K♠8♠ went in for 14 blinds against Hata's queens and did not improve. Hata's heads up lead over Troyanovskiy never left his grasp and he closed out the impressive victory in a brief match. Troyanovskiy pushed for nine big blinds with J♠7♣ and was met in the middle by Hata's K♣4♣. The board ran out queen-high and Hata stepped into the Triton Poker winner's circle for the first time. The next Triton High Roller event in Russia is already in session with Day 1 of the ₽6 million ($100,000) Super High Roller underway. Triton Poker High Roller Final Table Results 1. Aymon Hata - $756,000 2. Vladimir Troyanovskiy – $501,795 3. Konstantin Uspenskii – $354,375 4. Patrik Antonius – $236,250 5. Paul Phua – $165,375 6. Philipp Gruissem – $118,125
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