Patrik Antonius has denied rumors that he has little or nothing at stake if Full Tilt Poker goes down for good. Player-to-player debt could mean that he would lose as much as $5 million, Antonius says.
Patrik Antonius has reiterated his claim that he will be one of the biggest overall losers if Full Tilt Poker shuts down for good.
Antonius told interviewers from PokerTube that he would stand to lose a significant amount of money if the site fails to relaunch, but his claims were soon after challenged from users on TwoPlusTwo.
Some posters disputed Antonius' claims, headed by Subject: Poker founder and TwoPlusTwo moderator, Noah Stephens-Davidowitz, who stated that according to his knowledge, Antonius only had $100 in his account at the time of the suspension of Full Tilt's license.
In a new interview with PokerListings, Antonius admits this number to be correct, but says that it far from covers what he could potentially lose by a complete shutdown.
"This one person made an attack on me, saying I had only $100 in my account. He was right but he's not right that I'm not a very big loser in this," Antonius said.
"I am also concerned how this person got the account balance and why he's spreading around confidential information," he added.
The Finnish star went on to explain that his losses would instead come from money owed to him by other players.
As these players also have substantial amounts locked up on the site, it can turn out to be very difficult to collect the debt, he said.
"A lot of people owe me a lot of money and if Full Tilt goes down completely it's going to be very difficult for them to pay," Antonius said, adding that all in all, he could lose as much as $5 million.
He also revealed that one unnamed player in particular owes him $2.4 million, and that this player's ability to pay him back rests entirely with Full Tilt Poker's continued operation.
Antonius was one of the biggest winners of all before Full Tilt Poker's license was suspended on June 29th, at the time registering profits of more than $1.2 million.