Patrik Antonius is back. The high-stakes pro who looked like a throwback to an earlier era had not made a final table because 2014, but he took down the Super High Roller event this weekend at the Partypoker Millions Germany, beating, amongst others, one of the hottest players currently in the game.
With the top poker players in the world converging on Feb. 9 at the King’s Casino Rozvadov in the Czech Republic (just across the border from Germany, where these events are not lawful), Antonius was the last of 37 players to buy into the $25,000/$30,600 Super High Roller.
But unlike most of his 36 competitions, the “Flying Finn” didn’t allow a world-class discipline faze him as he joined at the last possible opportunity.
Despite registering after a handful of gamers had already hit the railroad and re-entered, Antonius avoided an early departure to start the final table as a co-chip pioneer, wielding the exact same 14 million chip stack thatheld.
Whether it was the cards fell or a matter of strategy, Antonius bided his time as others.
Eventually, after Schillhabel removed Manig Loeser to burst the bubble, it was time for the remaining seven players to focus on the title. As chips began to fly, Dominik Nitsche, Dietrich Quick and Steve O’Dwyer all fell by the wayside as Schillhabel extended his lead.
The German would start to lose chips, and his run would soon be brought to a halt though when he pushed all-in with pocket 7s, only to haveJoao Simao quickly call with A♥10♥. After a flop of J♣10♣9♦, Schillhabel had six workouts, but two rebounds on the river sent the former chip leader outside the door.
Experience Over Youth
Amid the carnage around him, Antonius managed to maintain a healthy stack, and it was this patience that finally led to a title-winning run. After taking a hit, the Finn eliminated German Renato Nowak in third position before taking control of the action.
With his years of experience in the greatest games around, Antonius maintained his cool and struck the final deadly blow with Q♦J♣. Together with the less Simao desperate to find a way back pocket kings looked to be a gift from the poker gods.
But after taking an aggressive line from start to finish, the 3♠A♦J♥10♣K♦, the Brazilian had to settle for second place after Antonius revealed his straight.
Though he came up short, partypoker’s representative banked the largest payday of his career and went on to parlay that into a fourth place in the second Super High Roller of the festival only 24 hours later.
As for Antonius, he banked another live tournament trophy to go along with his 2005 European Poker Tour (EPT) Baden title before heading off to participate in Partypoker’s televised money play in “The Big Game.”
Partypoker Millions Germany Super High Roller Result
Patrik Antonius (Finland) — $520,430
Joao Simao (Brazil) — $307,666
Renato Nowak (Germany) — $214,295
Stefan Schillhabel (Germany) — $153,068
Steve O’Dwyer (Ireland) — $122,454
Dietrich Fast (Germany) — $91,841
Dominik Nitsche (Germany) — $73,472