With over $12 million in live tournament earnings, a European Poker Tour title and the top spot in the Finnish all-time money list, Patrik Antonius may be one of the most recognizable European poker players in recent memory.
Now a new documentary released by Pokerisivut on YouTube goes in-depth into how Antonius rose through the ranks to become one of the biggest names in poker.
Start Out Small
Every poker player dreams of running up their bankroll playing micro stakes poker, but that’s exactly what Antonius did.
“I originally started playing poker for pennies with some friends when I was 10 or 11 years old,” he said, explaining how they would play Five Card Stud and other similar variants.
“On a really good day I might have won five Finnish marks or something like that. That’s how it all got started.”
From there, Antonius moved to games with his fellow tennis players, gradually moving up the stakes until he had money to deposit online.
Pick the Right Games
Did you know that Juha Helppi helped Antonius with his first-ever online deposit? And that Antonius successfully turned that €200 into over €30,000 in just two months?
All of this came playing $1/$2 Pot-Limit Omaha, with Antonius playing aggressively and running over the table. Back then, high stakes online games didn’t exist yet but Antonius still wanted to test himself.