The mouth from down under
Tony G is a household name in the poker community and is equally renowned for his witty comments and mad poker skills.
Nicknamed "the mouth from down under", Tony G is a reputed poker professional who has an opinion on everything from Lady Gaga to Phil Hellmuth, and is not afraid to shout it out to the rest of the world, whether it is on his blog (tonygpoker.com) or via Twitter.
Also known as "The Australian Airbag," Tony G was born in Lithuania under the name "Antanas Guoga." Even as a child, Guoga showed great intelligence and was a natural competitor, earning himself the title of Rubik's Cube champion of Lithuania. Later, Tony moved to Australia where he grew up and started playing poker at the age of 18.
The name Tony G was born at the Las Vegas poker game waiting lists, when the player was 21 and waiting to join a casino game. Today, Tony G is more than a skilled poker professional; he is also businessman, critic and avid blogger.
Despite having started playing professional poker from the time he was 18, Tony G first came into the limelight only in the year 2003, when he got through to the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris. Tony came in at 5th place at the WPT Paris and somehow managed to antagonize Howard Lederer by making some comments at the table. Lederer refused to shake Tony G's hand and thus was born the legend of Tony G - the mouth from down under.
Later that year, Tony G played several top poker tournaments in Russia, several of which were back-to-back poker events. He placed in the money often and won almost $20,000 in cash. In the 2004 WSOP he finished in the money at Seven-card stud and Pot Limit Texas hold 'em tournaments
In 2005, Tony G participated in the European Poker Championship, when he sat in for a $5,000 No Limit Hold'Em main event game; he won around $456,822. He also made it to the final table in the World Speed Poker Open but did not win it. He did manage to win the WPT Bad Boys of Poker II tourney which was held in Japan and trounced Mike Matusow during the game - all the while wearing kimono to support poker in Japan.
Other accomplishments of Tony G also include a second place finish at the 2006 Intercontinental Poker Championship and a championship win at the 2006 Asian Poker Tour. He has also been awarded Australia's Shining World Leadership Award.
So far, Tony G has not won any World Series of Poker championships or bracelets, although he has finished in the money around 15 times, raking up a sizable bankroll. Tony G also has no World Poker Tour titles yet and has been trying to get an invitation for the NBC Heads Up Championship for four years now, but to no avail.
According to his friends and fellow players, Tony G is not the sarcastic poker player with acid wit, but rather a funny and personable poker player who is easy to approach. Nevertheless, whether he called out for being rude or funny, Tony G will never cease to be one of the online poker industry's most entertaining players.
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