Dutchman Joris Ruijs won the first Patrik Antonius Poker Challenge Main Event and the €57,200 that came with the title. With the win, Ruijs’s total career winnings went over the $1.7 million mark.
Finnish poker player Patrik Antonius put on the event to promote his new gambling social media app First Land of Poker (FLOP). Antonius is held in high regard in the poker world, and Ruijs was excited at the prospect of competing with the Finnish legend.
Ruijs told PokerNews,
“Antonius is a legend of the high stakes. It’s somebody I’ve watched for hundreds of hours back in the days. Him, Dwan, and Ivey. So, to battle with him in his own event, that was pretty great.”
The next three runners-up were all Finnish professionals, and second place won €39,100, third €23,800, and fourth €17,900.
Antonius won another event held to promote his new app, the Patrik Antonius Poker Challenge, with a winning pot of €78,100. Ruijs came third in this event.
Ruijs held a big lead going into the last day of the Main Event tournament, and he was able to capitalize and coast to victory.
The festival of poker was hosted in Tallinn, Estonia at the Olympic Park Casino and Hilton Tallinn Park.