Patrik Antonius Going Strong at World Series of Poker Main Event

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Patrick Flanigan
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Patrik Antonius 2011 World Series of Poker

Finnish professional poker pro and online phenom Patrik Antonius was going strong at this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event heading into Tuesday evening July 12 with the 12th biggest chip count.

Antonius was one of the many pros left homeless at the start of the month after the online poker room he represents, Full Tilt Poker, had its license pulled and was forced to shut down. 

Antonius had taken full advantage of the lack of US pros playing at Full Tilt after the company was indicted back on April 15. 

Antonius has won millions of dollars online and just shy of $3 million in live tournament play.

In other World Series of Poker news, Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce found himself eliminated after sitting atop the chip count at one point over the weekend.

Phil Hellmuth managed to survive Monday’s play after sleeping in.  He had to be awoken by his poker buddy Mike Matusow. 

Six titleholders, including 2006 champion Jamie Gold, 2005 champ Joe Hachem and 1996 winner Huck Seed returned to the tables Tuesday for a second session in the no-limit Texas Hold `em tournament.

ESPN will begin broadcasting the 2011 World Series of Poker with a half hour time delay this Thursday.

- Patrick Flanagan,