Patrick Antonius Ends iGame Qualifier’s Dream
With Patrik Antonius becoming the first former Team Full Tilt Poker member to agree terms with a new site last month when he signed for iGame, part of his new contract stipulated that he would play one lucky qualifier in a heads-up NLHE match with up to €20,000 up for grabs.
The rules of the game dictated that the winner of the new poker site’s promotion would play up to two games against Antonius and would earn €20,000 if they won both, €5,000 if they won one and receive a €2,000 VIP package if they were defeated by the Finn in the first match-up.
The lucky player who earned the chance to take home the poker story of a lifetime was Portuguese amateur Rui Faria, who took on Antonius last night despite the high stakes cash game regular turning up for the match – which was streamed live across the internet – 30 minutes late.
If it was a stalling tactic it did little to ruffle Faria, who battled hard against the former EPT champion and took the chip lead on numerous occasions before eventually succumbing to the Finn when all of the money went in on a 5d 3s 2d flop after Antonius had limped his button and Faria checked.
Faria then went on the check-raise Antonius, with his opponent reciprocating by moving all-in. Faria made the call and was technically ahead with Qs 5s, but Antonius got there with his big Ad 10d combo draw as the board ran out the Kc followed by the 3d to hand him a flush and the win.