Phil Ivey loses his Full Tilt Poker (FTP) high stakes cash game crown to Patrik Antonius, as the Fin becomes the biggest winner on FTP software with another great week on the virtual felt; and Net Entertainment secure a deal with the Rational Group to supply casino games for FTP.
The pressure is on.
The question is: ‘How will Phil Ivey respond?”
The man many believe to still be the greatest all round poker player on the planet is going through some rather tough scrutiny of late.
His love of Baccarat and Punto Banco has led to a few high profile court cases, and he has just lost the title of most successful online cash game player in FTP history after another losing week.
The new man bestowed with that honor is the man who would look more at home on the front of a Calvin Klein underwear shoot – Patrik Antonius.
The man with the chiseled chin took $900,000 away from the virtual tables in the past week and that takes his total post Black Friday profit to over $2.5m. When you add that profit to the money first earned under his moniker Finddagrind, circa 2007 & 2008, and the $11.3m he won playing under his own name, you are looking at a new lifetime profit of around $16.4m on the site.
In stark contrast, Ivey lost another $755,000 this week to make him the third biggest loser on the site in 2014, with over $2m in losses, and over $4.7m in the past 17-months of high stakes online action.
Net Entertainment Agree Gaming Deal with Rational Group
Perhaps Ivey could get some of that money back at the Roulette or Blackjack tables?
If he does fancy his chances then a suite of games from Net Entertainment are soon to be added to the selection that already exists from Leander Games.
Net Ent have secured a deal with FTP owners The Rational Group to showcase a series of mobile and desktop casino games on the FTP poker site and they are delighted with the new partnership.
Björn Krantz, chief of GMO and MD for Net Entertainment Malta, said: “Rational runs the largest online poker operation globally and we are very proud and excited about this partnership, which will allow us to be a first mover within their new casino channel venture.”
“Net Entertainment has some of the best games in the industry and will deliver a lot of value to our business, not least on the mobile platform,” added Sam Hobcraft, Rational Group director of casino.