Weekend Hit and Run: IVEY Wins a Tournament, the DreamCrusher Returns, and Antonius Opens Up

Phil Ivey notches his first tournament win in three years. Randy Jensen returns to poker after ten years. And Patrik Antonius gives his first in-depth interview maybe ever. It’s all here and more in the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.



Phil Ivey stands alone in his stardom among poker fans. With his recent civil battles, the 10-time bracelet winner hasn’t made too many appearances in the mainstream poker scene lately. Mostly, the poker hall of famer has been sticking to cash games in Macau. But that all changed Sunday when he took down the Short Deck Ante Only event at the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro for a cool $4,749,400 HKD. That’s a little over $600,000 in US Dollars.

For those who may not know, Short Deck Poker keeps most of the same rules of the regular game except the two, threes, fours, and fives are removed. This change makes straights and boats much more common, but flushes much less common. As such a flush beat a full house in Short Deck.

The tournament generated 61 entries and had a stacked final table that included Dan “Jungleman” Cates, Jason Koon, and Gabe Patgorski. After a lengthy heads-up match, Daniel Cates had to settle for second and just over $400,000 USD. The win marks Ivey’s first tournament victory since shipping the 250K Super High Roller at the Aussie Millions in 2015.

The next tournament in the Triton High Roller Series is the 250K 6-max event. You can follow all the action with the live reporting team.


Randy Jensen Returns

If you love the Poker Boom years as much as we do, then you no doubt remember the name Randy Jensen. Stylized as “The Dreamcrusher” do to his ability to knock players out of tournaments, Jensen made several television appearances in the early 2000s.

His most famous final table occurred when finished 2nd to Barry Greenstein in the WPT 2002 Jack Binion World Poker Open for $656,000. That final table is famous for being the inspiration behind GreenStein’s book “Ace on the River.” But Jensen also made appearances on the WSOP telecasts where he famously folded every hand until he lasted two hours. He also finished second to Ted Forrest in a PPT event in 2006.

Well, PokerNews finally caught up with Jensen at an $1,100 MSPT event in San Fransisco. The interview is filled with several ups and downs – including how Jensen lost millions, was in and out of jail, and is now battling back. It’s a fascinating read and one you can see here.


Quick Hitters

-Nick Jones may be a name that few know in the poker industry, but thousands know his work. The former online pro is responsible for the products PokerFuse, Poker Industry Pro, and several others. Robbie Strazynski was able to grab his full story in his “Get to Know the Poker Media” series over at

– The team over at PokerCentral has been doing great work with original content over the last couple years. This week was no different, as Remko Rinkema snagged Patrik Antonius for his first in-depth interview maybe ever. In the hour long podcast Antonius talks about playing high stakes with Chip Reese, his battles with Phil Ivey, and all his famous million dollar pots. Check out the interview on your favorite podcasting app or on the PokerCentral website.

-And while we’re talking interviews, Toby Lewis recently gave one at CardPlayer where he talks about his incredible 2018. The 28-year-old Brit talks about winning the Aussie Millions and just missing out on the LAPC. Check out the full interview here.

-On the lighter side, from the Twitterverse, EPT winner Niall Farrell made an important discovery this week:


-And of course, most importantly, Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.



Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on twitter @WoernlePoker.


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