Antonius Claims to Be Big Loser of Full Tilt Scandal

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2011. October 20.
<strong>Patrik Antonius</strong>, former<em> Full Tilt Poker</em> Pro claimed in a recent interview that he has nearly $5 million at stake at <em>Full Tilt Poker</em>. If the company goes bankrupt, and players won't be paid, he is bound to lose all his money.
The Finnish poker pro Patrik Antonius might be in serious trouble in many ways. As one of Full Tilt Poker's pro, he must have lost access to his bankroll on the Black Friday, when the DoJ shut Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars down, which must have been a huge problem for him. He explained his situation in the interview below:



It turned out later that he only had $100 on his poker account, which is highly suspicious for a nosebleed player like Antonius. Noah 'NoahSD' Stephens-Davidowitz, who is regarded nowadays as poker's number one private (and also interviewer, who made interviews with Daniel 'Jungleman12' Cates concerning the Macedo scandal) detective found out that Antonius only had $100 on his account when Full Tilt Poker was closed. He posted on 2+2:

"Eh.. I'll post this because that interview pissed me off: Antonius has less than $100 in his FTP account, and he owes FTP a smallish amount." - wrote NoahSD. He added later: "PA's not a US resident, so he had 2.5 months to get his money off the site. I don't know if that's what happened, but it seems reasonable to assume. He stopped playing in May. FTP shut down June 29th. He has less than $100 in his account right now. People were talking about how it was surprising that PA and Dwan both have very little money in their accounts right now. I pointed out that there was a 2.5 month gap between when Tom was no longer able to cash out and when PA was no longer able to cash out. I didn't say that he cashed out all of his money on April 16th."

Reacting to NoahSD's posts Antonius talked about the situation again at the WSOPE:

Patrik Antonius
Patrik Antonius

"This one person made an attack on me, saying I had only $100 in my account. He was right but he’s not right that I’m not a very big loser in this. I'm also concerned how this person got the account balance and why he’s spreading around confidential information," sait Antonius. He also explained why he is a big loser in this case even if he only has $100 on his account:

"A lot of people owe me a lot of money and if Full Tilt goes down completely it’s going to be very difficult for them to pay." He says he is owed more than $5 million. He also claimed that he was unable to cash out after the Black Friday. The Finnish pro adds that his salary due also hasn't been paid yet.

Of course it's not at all certain that Antonius is saying the truth; lots of players are on edge because of the Full Tilt situation, and suspect that someting is not revealed. Antonius is openly attacked on 2+2. Forum users claim that Antonius knew that the room is about to be closed, and he cashed his money out, not warning the public. Either way, we are very curious.

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