Patrik Antonius has stepped forward, speaking out on the Full Tilt Poker scandal. The Finnish Team Full Tilt pro claims that he had nothing to do with the decisions that led to the site's downfall.
Patrik Antonius has become the latest of the former Team Full Tilt stars to step forward, offering some rare insights into the scandal-ridden site and how he experienced its rapid fall.
The seasoned high stakes pro spoke with PokerTube.com in a fifteen-minute interview during the WSOPE in Cannes, also using the occasion to talk about the widely reported mega cash games in Macau.
"The games over there are great," Antonius said.
"They prefer to keep the games silent and quiet. They have their own rules with regards to who can play. Sometimes it can be frustrating, as it only takes one guy to object, and you can't play when he is playing," he added, however admitting that when he played, he tended to be taken with surprise over the overall level of play.
"I was really impressed, I underestimated almost everyone playing. Literally every session I saw some kind of play that made me go 'wow!'," he said.
"It's dangerous because everyone there likes to bluff and make big calls. But it's a very nice game when you can play, and you play long session of more than 16 hours straight," he added.
Speaking about the Full Tilt scandal, Antonius showed to be calm in the face of the troubles, but stressed that he had nothing to do with the management of the site, and that he was mostly kept in the dark with regards to the decisions made within the company.
"Right now I'm not playing online. I am just waiting to see what happens. Obviously, I had nothing to do with the management, I just had a marketing contract," he said.
"I feel like when I read the news, they know much more about it than I do. Nobody talks to me, so I am always the last person to know,"
"I did call Howard in the beginning of the summer, and I was supposed to meet him. But I was too busy, and I don't even know if he was in Las Vegas. This was before they lost their license, though," he added, claiming that he will be facing a great personal loss, should the site go down for good.
"It's very bad. I will end up being one of the biggest losers, if Full Tilt goes down. I had a lot of money stuck there. I will end up in a big minus even if you deduct my salary over a couple of years," he said.
"Everyone in the poker industry should care about this. It's hurting the reputation of poker a lot, and this makes me very sad," he ended.
Antonius also revealed that in the absence of online poker, he has been playing more live tournaments than usually over the past six months.
This has so far given him a tight schedule, sending him to play in the Aussie Millions, two WSOP events, as well as both the PLO and the Main Event at the WSOPE in Cannes.
See the whole interview with Patrik Antonius here.