Online poker is certainly a competitive and exciting game and the high stakes are where all the action is. This article delivers some history on the 5 top online cash game players.Patrik Antonius (born 13 December 1980 in Helsinki, Finland) is a Finnish expert poker player, previous tennis player and coach, and model from Vantaa, Finland. He presently resides in Monte Carlo. Antonius was mentored by poker pro Marcel Lske as a member of Luske’s “Circle of Outlaws” and later encouraged by Jennifer Harman. Antonius is wedded to Maya Geller and has one child.
High Stakes Degenerate Isildur1 is Swedish Poker Pro – Viktor Blom. Isildur1 first appeared at Full Tilt Poker on September 16, 2009, and remained largely undetected until November when he started playing well known professionals such as Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Brian Townsend, Cole South, and Patrik Antonius at stakes as high as $500/$1000. He reached a professional peak on November 15 with total winnings of $5 million. By the middle of December, however, he was down $2 million net, including an approximately $4 million loss to Brian Hastings on December 8, when the two played heads-up $500/$1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for five hours.
Thomas Dwan (born July 30, 1986 in Edison, New Jersey)is an American professional poker player who regularly plays online in the highest-stakes No-Limit Texas hold ‘em and Pot-Limit Omaha games, primarily on Full Tilt Poker, where he plays under the screen name “durrrr”. In early November 2009, Dwan became a member of Team Full Tilt. Dwan has won prize money in live poker tournaments and has appeared on NBC’s National Heads-Up Poker Championship, the fourth, fifth, & sixth seasons of Poker After Dark, the 3rd and 4th seasons of Full Tilt Poker‘s Million Dollar Cash Game, and the 5th and 6th seasons of GSN’s High Stakes Poker.
Phil Ivey was created February 1, 1976 in Riverside, California and later moved to Roselle, New Jersey at the age of 3 months. Ivey is a supporter of the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and buffalo Bills. His interests include video games, prop betting and golf. Ivey first discovered a talent for poker in New Jersey playing versus co-workers where he produced the nickname “No Home Jerome” stemming from an ID card he secured to practice in Atlantic City.
One of many up and coming online superstars of online poker, Dan Cates has burst on the scene smashing the nosebleeds. As one of the Card Runners coaches, he has a wealth of knowledge and excellent support. Nickname: Jungleman12. The real identity behind the Full Tilt Poker screen-name ‘jungleman12′ was one of online poker‘s great mysteries up until mid-2010 when ‘jungleman12′ became a teacher at Cardrunners and in doing so revealed himself as University of Maryland student Daniel Cates. Even though Cates first stints at the online poker tables were not the most successful, but through hard-work, perseverance, and study he has not only been successful at the highest stakes games in the world, he is smashing them!