Antanas Guoga, more commonly known as Tony G is a well-known poker professional that gets a lot of TV time.
Kicknamed as 'The Mouth from Down Under', his berating at the table reaches a summit rarely seen.
Originally from Lithuana and now living in Australia, he is renowned for his antics and being a loudmouth at the table to get under his opponents skins. He is known for heckling players in an attempt to get them to make bad calls.
Probably more known for being a high stakes cash game player, he got the nickname Tony G when he started playing at casinos in Vegas. When he joined a waiting list for a table, they would use the alias TONYG.
Considering that you have to be 21 years of age to play at most U.S. land-based casinos, Guoga would often have to resort to using fake ID’s to get into casinos.
During the early stages of his cash game poker career in Vegas, he found it tougher then expected and dropped a good chunk of his bankroll in the early days.
He then decided to hit the cash game poker circuit back in Europe where he made an effort to improve his game, and by 2001, was consistently making at least $7500 per month playing cash games.
Tony G. poker career
With the newfound wealth, he also started playing some of the major live poker tournaments like the WSOP and WSOPE and received one of the worst bad beats in poker history at the WSOPE 2001 event.
During the heads-up battle to determine the eventual winner of the Main Event, Tony G found himself holding pocket queens. His opponent held Q-5 but when the turn and river brought consecutive 5’s Tony G’s ambitions of winning his first WSOPE title were completely crushed.
But in 2002, he recovered from the horrific bad beat, beating Dave “The Devilfish” Ulliott to win the World Heads Up Omaha Championship. Since then, Tony G has added more results to his poker resume, including a fifth place finish at his home tournament, the 2010 Aussie Millions tournament at Crown Casino.
In addition to playing poker, he is also known for being a businessman, which undoubtedly would have helped with building his poker bankroll. He started his own poker room Tony G Poker which has since merged with Noble Poker. He is also a major shareholder in the company that owns pokernews.com, pokeraffiliateworld.com and other poker sites, and is now a member of Team Party Poker.
When Tony G is not busy playing cash game poker or major live tournaments around the world, you can find him playing in the Pokerstars "Big Game" – the high-stakes cash game which is broadcast on TV and features an amateur player called the Loose Cannon.
Overall, Antanas Guoga, aka “The G” is undoubtedly one of the biggest characters in the world of live poker, and he really adds a lot of excitement to the game.
Watch the video below and see some amazing hands he played.
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