'The Lion' is searching the table for prey.

'The Lion' is searching the table for prey.

Born December 13, 1980 in Helsinki, Finland, Patrik is a Finnish pro poker player, former tennis player and coach, and model from Vantaa, Finland. He currently resides in Monte Carlo. Antonius was mentored by Marcel Lüske as a member of Luske’s “Circle of Outlaws” and later advised by Jennifer Harman.

Antonius began making a name for himself on the poker tournament circuit with two finishes near the final table of WPT, 12th at the WPT PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and then 15th at the Bay 101 Shooting Stars event two months later, in early 2005. He went on to finish in the money in three events of the 2005 World Series of Poker. In September 2005 he made the EPT Main Event final table, finishing 3rd in Barcelona. The next month, Antonius won the EPT event in Baden bei Wien, taking home the €288,180 first prize when in the final hand his 8♠ 4♥ beat Gunnar Østebrød’s Q♥ 9♣ on a board of 4♠ 7♠ 8♥ 3♣ 7♣. In December 2005 he finished the year 2nd in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada, winning $1,046,470. In other words, 2005 was a good year for Antonius and the community saw the birth of a new poker superstar.

Antonius is a heads-up specialist. He is a regular high stakes player online and one of the most successful having won millions of dollars. He has played on Full Tilt Poker under several nicknames, including Luigi66369, CryMeRiver9 and Finddagrind, but having become a member of “Team Full Tilt” he now plays under his real name. During his early career he also used screen names e.g. I_knockout_U, try_hrdr_fish and -ANTONIUS- on various other poker networks. He is equally prolific in live cash games, and is a regular in the Big Game, the high-stakes cash game at the Bellagio. Antonius appeared on the third and fourth seasons of GSN’s High Stakes Poker. Patrik was involved, along with Sammy Farha, in the show’s largest ever pot; it totaled $998,800.