Patrik Antonius showed up to Vegas for the WSOP. But, as usual, he stuck to the high-stakes cash games, rather than entering WSOP tournaments.
Everything was going well for him at the beginning of the summer. He was winning a lot of money and playing at the top of his game.
However, some unfortunate events broke Antonius’ hot streak and quickly reversed his luck. By the end of the WSOP, he’d lost $500,000.
Antonius Suffers Food Poisoning
The Finn explained how his summer went through a recent Instagram video. Everything began to go awry for him after a bout with food poisoning.
He started off by explaining how he won most days in the “smaller” $2k/$4k and $3k/$6k games. But the last three days before the video was posted went terribly.
“I got food poisoning from, I don’t know what I ate. And I recovered fast from it actually,” he explained.
“I managed to go back to play before losing my seat. I lost one hundred ($100k) back, and I quit — was not feeling good anymore. And since then, I have not won a hand.”
The timing for his downswing couldn’t have been worse either. The stakes jumped up to $5k/$10k at a time when Antonius was suddenly playing his worst poker of the summer.
He only managed to win a single hand in five hours at one point. Antonius also lamented about “having the second best hand in every hand.”
Antonius’ Dog Recently Died Too
Besides the food poisoning, another factor that may have contributed to Antonius’ rough outing is his dog recently passing away. The Finn’s french bulldog died shortly before the age of 13.
“That hurt more than I thought it would hurt,” he said. “It still hurts.
“It’s almost weird for me to get emotional about anything in life. I don’t get my feelings involved in too much, but my dog, he was close to me.”
He finished by saying that the games are still going, and me may get some money together to keep playing.
Regardless of how the summer finishes out for him, Antonius is still one of poker’s all-time greats and will get back to his winning ways at some point.