Patrik Antonius : “Poker has Become a Little Bit too Serious”


The 2017 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) events have managed to attract almost all of the biggest names to King’s Casino in Rozvadov, including poker heavyweights such as Gus Hansen and Patrik Antonius.

Hansen and Antonius played the €111,111 buy-in One Drop High Roller event, but both failed to make deep runs. However, Antonius was happy to give an interview to PokerNews while making a rare tournament appearance.

The Finnish poker legend has made a fortune playing the biggest cash games online and live, but he has never been really a tournament pro. According to Antonius that might not be changing either as he reveals it’s “really painful” nowadays to play a tournament.

Antonius believes poker has become a little bit too serious for some players, who are taking too much time to make every single decision. This is why he believes there should be shot clocks in every tournament to speed up the play.

“It’s modern poker but I don’t think it’s good for the poker. It’s not good for the game, for the people. This is an enjoyable game. Everybody starts to play because it’s a fun game. And you’re trying to make money but it has become a little bit too serious in a certain way, I think,” Antonius said.