Antanas Guoga, more commonly known as Tony G, is a businessman and professional poker player. He is known for his trash talking at the table and aggressive play; although, like Phil Hellmuth, most people say he is a nice person when he is away from the table. As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,000,000.
Born in 1973 in Lithuania, Tony G moved with his family to Melbourne, Australia when he was 11 years old. He learned to play poker in his teens with friends and family, and started playing in casinos when he became old enough. After a brief stint in Las Vegas, he moved to London and played low-limit games and took time to build up his skills. After he got the point where he was earning several thousand per month in cash games, he decided to try to play tournaments, and pretty soon became successful at those too.
Tony's first big break came in 2003 at a WPT event in Pairs where he made the TV table at the Euro Finals of Poker and finished fifth. The next year, he made the final table again at the Aviation Club de France and finished in 2nd place, earning more than $400,000. Then he won the invitation-only Bad Boys of Poker II tournament in 2006 when his 10-8 outdrew Mike Matusow's K-K when flop brought a 10 and 8.
In 2005, he won the $5,000 No Limit Hold-Em Main Event of the European Poker Championships, earning £260,000 ($456,822). And in 2006, he finished in 2nd place when representing Australia in the inaugural Intercontinental Poker Championship, earning $150,000.
In November 2006, he won the Asian Poker Tour event held in Singapore, walking away with $451,700 half of which he said he would give to charity. In February 2007, he appeared on Poker After Dark, coming in 3rd place behind winner Phil Ivey. In November of the same year, he won a tournament in Moscow, earning $205,000. He stated that he left all of his winnings to charity, having been inspired by Barry Greenstein's habit of donating all his poker tournament winnings to charity.
After cashing twice at the WSOP in 2004 and 4 times in 2006 for minor amounts, he earned £94,380 for a 3rd place finish £5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Event. Then, in 2009, he earned $172,120 in the $40,000 No-Limit Holdem Event and $83,630 in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event. As of 2009, he has 16 WSOP cashes for a total of $657,962.
HPG ADMIN on February 27, 2013