Antonius: “The online games aren’t fair anymore”

Antonius at EPT Barcelona last week

A new interview with legend of the game Patrik Antonius has emerged online at after the Finn was spotted back in action at last week’s EPT Barcelona festival.

Antonius, who was once one of the most feared players on the virtual felt and also took down online poker’s biggest ever single pot against the legendary Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom, has been largely absent from the online nosebleeds for some time now and doesn’t seem keen on making a return any time soon.

It’s a little sad, but it looks like technology has advanced so much that it’s become a totally different game”, he replied when asked about his disappearance.

“Nowadays players use software that gives them so much information and so much data that it has become more a game of numbers.”

“I never used any programs. I never used any technology to gain an edge. I’m more of a feel player who’s living in the moment. But the players today know what they’re doing. They’re basing their play on what the software tells them to do so it feels like you’re playing against a computer these days.”

“I lost a million straight and realised I couldn’t beat the ring games anymore and that was largely down to tracking software.”

“If you don’t use poker software it’s not a fair game anymore in Hold’em and Omaha, but I do still like to play Mixed Games.”

Like many of his legendary counterparts from the golden pre-Black Friday age of online poker, his attention has now turned to playing in the world’s biggest live games, but according to Antonius those are in short supply now as well:

“The big games I was playing in kind of dried out. In Macau the games moved more and more into private games and the game in Vegas wasn’t the same anymore, either.”

“Suddenly there were no more games in London and nothing in Monaco. You know, things just change in our industry. So I stepped back and cut down on poker.”

Despite this though, Antonius assures that after a long break he’s excited to get back into the live tournament scene, and has hinted that he’ll likely be playing when the EPT stops off in Berlin, Malta and his home city Monte Carlo later in its 12th season.


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