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Patrik Antonius had a nice time at the tables yesterday as he finished up nearly $300k in a session lasting just under an hour and a half.

What was most likely to be the largest pot of the day began with Phil Ivey raising to $3k from the button. Antonius called from the small blind but then Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan reraised to $12k from the big blind. Ivey folded his cards and the action was back to Antonius who raised it up to $39k, but this prompted a shove from Dwan which pushed the bet up to $97,751. Antonius called and showed Ad Kh, which was in bad shape against Dwan’s Kd Ks. The flop came Ac Jd 8c and Antonius hit one of his three outs to take the lead in the hand. The turn came the 2c and the river the 7s, giving Antonius the victory in the $198,501 pot.

FullTiltPoker Game #9817285202: Table Ivey Mix – $500/$1000 – Pot Limit Hold’em – 14:17:59 ET – 2009/01/02
Seat 2: durrrr ($97,751)
Seat 5: Phil Ivey ($95,087)
Seat 6: Patrik Antonius ($207,687)
Patrik Antonius posts the small blind of $500
durrrr posts the big blind of $1,000
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Phil Ivey raises to $3,000
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius calls $2,500
durrrr raises to $12,000
Phil Ivey folds
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius has requested TIME
Patrik Antonius raises to $39,000
durrrr raises to $97,751, and is all in
Patrik Antonius calls $58,751
durrrr shows [Kd Ks]
Patrik Antonius shows [Ad Kh]
*** FLOP *** [Ac Jd 8c]
*** TURN *** [Ac Jd 8c] [2c]
*** RIVER *** [Ac Jd 8c 2c] [7s]
durrrr shows a pair of Kings
Patrik Antonius shows a pair of Aces
Patrik Antonius wins the pot ($198,501) with a pair of Aces
durrrr adds $20,000
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $198,502 | Rake $1
Board: [Ac Jd 8c 2c 7s]
Seat 2: durrrr (big blind) showed [Kd Ks] and lost with a pair of Kings
Seat 5: Phil Ivey (button) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: Patrik Antonius (small blind) showed [Ad Kh] and won ($198,501) with a pair of Aces

About ten minutes later though, the same two players would get it all in again and top the last pot by a few thousand dollars. Dwan raised preflop to $3k and Antonius called from the big blind. The flop came 5c Th Ac and both players checked to the turn which brought the 9h. Antonius led out for $5k, but the nine must have helped Dwan as he reraised to $18.6k behind Antonius. Antonius still thought he had the better hand though and put in another raise which pushed it up to $42k leading Dwan to push all in. Antonius called $55k more, turning over 9s Ah for two pair. Dwan showed 9d Td for a lower two pair and was drawing to the two tens remaining in the deck. The river came the Qs though and Antonius took down another huge pot, this one totaling $200,497.

FullTiltPoker Game #9817438850: Table Hansen Blender – $500/$1000 – Pot Limit Hold’em – 14:28:20 ET – 2009/01/02
Seat 1: Patrik Antonius ($143,494)
Seat 2: halfdozen999 ($59,081.60)
Seat 4: world1969 ($26,250)
Seat 7: durrrr ($100,000)
Seat 9: Phil Ivey ($178,172)
Phil Ivey posts the small blind of $500
Patrik Antonius has 5 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius posts the big blind of $1,000
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
halfdozen999 folds
world1969 folds
durrrr raises to $3,000
Phil Ivey folds
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius calls $2,000
*** FLOP *** [5c Th Ac]
Patrik Antonius checks
durrrr checks
*** TURN *** [5c Th Ac] [9h]
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius bets $5,000
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr raises to $18,600
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius has requested TIME
Patrik Antonius raises to $42,000
durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr raises to $97,000, and is all in
Patrik Antonius calls $55,000
durrrr shows [9d Td]
Patrik Antonius shows [9s Ah]
*** RIVER *** [5c Th Ac 9h] [Qs]
durrrr shows two pair, Tens and Nines
Patrik Antonius shows two pair, Aces and Nines
Patrik Antonius wins the pot ($200,497) with two pair, Aces and Nines
durrrr adds $20,000
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $200,500 | Rake $3
Board: [5c Th Ac 9h Qs]
Seat 1: Patrik Antonius (big blind) showed [9s Ah] and won ($200,497) with two pair, Aces and Nines
Seat 2: halfdozen999 didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 4: world1969 didn’t bet (folded)
Seat 7: durrrr (button) showed [9d Td] and lost with two pair, Tens and Nines
Seat 9: Phil Ivey (small blind) folded before the Flop

In yet another big pot between the two, Dwan raised from the button to $3k and Antonius who was holding 8c 7c called from the big blind to see the flop of 6h Js 5c. Antonius led out the flop for $6k with his open ended straight draw and Dwan called behind. The turn came the 9c which completed Antonius’ straight and also gave him a straight-flush draw. Antonius led out again for $14k and Dwan called behind to see the river which brought the Ah. Antonius continued to take Dwan to value town as he bet $41k with his nut straight. Dwan called and mucked his hand, leaving Antonius to scoop up the $128,500 pot from the middle of the table.

FullTiltPoker Game #9817047780: Table Ivey Mix – $500/$1000 – Pot Limit Hold’em – 14:01:58 ET – 2009/01/02
Seat 2: durrrr ($172,556)
Seat 5: Phil Ivey ($93,493)
Seat 6: Patrik Antonius ($134,492)
Phil Ivey posts the small blind of $500
Patrik Antonius posts the big blind of $1,000
The button is in seat #2
*** HOLE CARDS ***
durrrr raises to $3,000
Phil Ivey folds
Patrik Antonius calls $2,000
*** FLOP *** [6h Js 5c]
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius bets $6,000
durrrr calls $6,000
*** TURN *** [6h Js 5c] [9c]
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius bets $14,000
durrrr calls $14,000
*** RIVER *** [6h Js 5c 9c] [Ah]
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius bets $41,000
durrrr calls $41,000
*** SHOW DOWN ***
Patrik Antonius shows [8c 7c] a straight, Nine high
durrrr mucks
Patrik Antonius wins the pot ($128,499) with a straight, Nine high
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $128,500 | Rake $1
Board: [6h Js 5c 9c Ah]
Seat 2: durrrr (button) mucked
Seat 5: Phil Ivey (small blind) folded before the Flop
Seat 6: Patrik Antonius (big blind) collected ($128,499)

Dwan wasn’t Antonius’ only target for the day though, as he also took on Phil Ivey in a few big pots. In one such pot the two were playing heads up and Antonius raised the button to $3k. Ivey called from the big blind and the flop came 2h 8h Tc. Ivey checked the action to Antonius who put out a continuation bet of $5k. Ivey called and the turn came the Jh. Ivey then led out for $13k but had Antonius call behind. The river came the Qc and Ivey again led out, this time for $31k. However, Antonius reraised this to $135k and Ivey was forced to fold. Antonius then mucked his hand and collected the $104k from the pot uncontested.

FullTiltPoker Game #9817520703: Table Ivey Mix – $500/$1000 – Pot Limit Hold’em – 14:33:47 ET – 2009/01/02
Seat 5: Phil Ivey ($141,429)
Seat 6: Patrik Antonius ($297,433)
Patrik Antonius posts the small blind of $500
Phil Ivey posts the big blind of $1,000
The button is in seat #6
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Patrik Antonius raises to $3,000
Phil Ivey calls $2,000
*** FLOP *** [2h 8h Tc]
Phil Ivey checks
Patrik Antonius bets $5,000
Phil Ivey calls $5,000
*** TURN *** [2h 8h Tc] [Jh]
Phil Ivey bets $13,000
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius calls $13,000
*** RIVER *** [2h 8h Tc Jh] [Qc]
Phil Ivey has 15 seconds left to act
Phil Ivey bets $31,000
Patrik Antonius has 15 seconds left to act
Patrik Antonius has requested TIME
Patrik Antonius raises to $135,000
Phil Ivey folds
Uncalled bet of $104,000 returned to Patrik Antonius
Patrik Antonius mucks
Patrik Antonius wins the pot ($103,999.50)
*** SUMMARY ***
Total pot $104,000 | Rake $0.50
Board: [2h 8h Tc Jh Qc]
Seat 5: Phil Ivey (big blind) folded on the River
Seat 6: Patrik Antonius (small blind) collected ($103,999.50), mucked

So, although he got it in far behind in one of the biggest pots of the day, a little luck never hurt anybody and Antonius finished the session up $296,528 on the Hold’em tables. Also, winning nearly $300k in under an hour and a half is an impressive start to the new year, even for one of the best poker players out there.