Patrik Antonius still plays in live poker tournaments from time to time. In fact, he just took part in the WSOP Europe $111,111 High Roller for One Drop. Nevertheless, he’s still not a big fan of live events these days.
“I’m personally not a fan of the way poker has evolved, how people slow the game down and it’s a bit less gambling and less fun nowadays. People take it a little too serious in my opinion,” Antonius told PokerNews’ Julia Lee.
“It’s the snowball effect because one or two players start slowing down and suddenly everybody is doing the same on the table.”
What does Antonius Think can Improve the Situation?
Poker tournament organizers have been discussing using a shot clock in tourneys for quite some time. And Antonius thinks that this would be a step in the right direction.
“I think definitely the shot clock is going to be something that is going to be needed in the future because it’s really painful nowadays to play a tournament,” he said.
Antonius Doesn’t Like “Modern Poker”
“Everybody was playing with a very good rhythm. Nobody was really taking a lot of time unless there was a big decision,” he told Lee.
“And suddenly [after dinner break] every hand was five, seven minutes … A couple players started to play slow and everybody started to copy.”
These are the type of incidents that are ruining the game for Antonius. And he thinks that some people are taking poker so seriously that they’re ruining it.
“It’s modern poker but I don’t think it’s good for the poker. It’s not good for the game, for the people. This is an enjoyable game. Everybody starts to play because it’s a fun game. And you’re trying to make money but it has become a little bit too serious in a certain way, I think.”
You can see the entire interview with Antonius below.