Patrik Antonius Signs With Full Tilt Poker
Full Tilt Poker has added another great player to their arsenal of world class players. Patrik Antonius has decided to ink on with FTP, and ironically he was also playing on the first final table of the 2008 WSOP. He finished 7th in that event. It was announced early yesterday at a private press meeting exclusive for PokerNews.
Patrik has been playing the highest cash games online, and doing well in most tournaments he plays in for years now. He strikes fear in his opponents with his uncanny abilities to read his opponents. His style of play is very aggressive, which matches his reading abilities and makes him a superman-esque poker player.
Antonius is originally from Finland, and growing up had his sites on becoming an athlete. Tennis was his sport of choice, although these aspirations disappeared once poker entered his life. In 2005 he finished in the top 15 six times in major tournaments, showing he had skills. Among these finishes included a 3rd place in the EPT Barcelona, a 2nd place in the WPT Five Diamond World classic (where he took a horrendous beat to finish 2nd), and wins in the Scandinavian Poker championship and the EPT Baden Classic. He was obviously awarded rookie of the year with his $1.7M in poker tournament winnings.
Since 2005, Patrik has shown himself to be one of the top online players in the world, and irl. He has been showcased on "High Stakes Poker," "Poker After Dark," and in Doyle's big game at the Bellagio in Vegas.
Full Tilt is seeing immediate rewards with Patrik as he finished 7th in today's WSOP final table. This was his third WSOP final table, and one of those three was the first $50k H.O.R.S.E. event in 2006.
Patrik will now be wearing the Team Full Tilt gear wherever he plays, and can be found playing on Full Tilt under the screen name "Finddagrind" (This will probably change to his actual name).
Full Tilt now has 14 members in total, and when asked if any more where in line, Howard Lederer said "There are really only three guys out there that belong on Team Full Tilt. Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, and Patrik. Obviously, Daniel and Doyle have commitments, leaving Patrick as the one guy out there we really wanted. We're thrilled to have Patrik join Team Full Tilt." Overall Team Full Tilt members account for 32 WSOP bracelets, and the way things are going now, that number will certainly increase over this summer!
Party Gaming Stock Goes Up
Last Friday, shares of PartyGaming, which is the owner and operator company of PartyPoker, increased by ten percent. This is based on some speculation that the online business had finally come to a settlement with the American Department of Justice (DOJ).
No charges have ever been issued against PartyGaming, and the company even announced that in June 2007 they were amidst talks with the powerful U.S. government about online gaming. PartyGaming's mission for the talks has been to come to some sort of terms that would stop or minimize the U.S. government from going after them for taking online wagers from American citizens before the company's departure from the U.S. market following the IGEA in 2006.
The possible settlement would present the industry with the first penalties ever laid out against an online casino and poker site charged by the U.S. government. So far all the penalties and charges issued by the government have focused on online sports betting companies, who have been illegal since it was specifically worded out in the 1961 Federal Wire Act.
The DOJ is persistent in saying that all online gambling is illegal under this old act, and should be faced with punishments for running illegal franchises. Interestingly, The Court of Appeals ruled 7 years ago that the Federal Wire Act was to apply to sports betting only. The Supreme Court has never decided on if the old act will pertain to other types of online gambling. If this Party agreement rumor is valid, it might suggest that the Wire Act might end up in Supreme court sooner than later.
When questioned about the agreement speculations, PartyGaming spokesman John Shepherd declined to make any comment.