Antanas “Tony G” Guoga has become the latest Australian Poker Hall of Famer to find success on the world stage, taking out two Super High Roller Bowl Europe events at the Merit Royal Hotel, Casino & Spa in Cyprus.
Renowned as one of the most charismatic players on the felt, the Lithuanian-born businessman, politician and poker player took out the US$100,000 Short Deck NLH Event for almost US$1.2 million, defeating Malaysian high-stakes specialist Paul Phua heads-up for the title.
The result came almost a week after he took out the $25K buy-in edition to make it a total of US$1,578,000 in winnings from this series and taking his career tournament earnings to more than US$8.8 million.
SHRB Europe $100,000 Short Deck NLH
US$100,000 buy-in, 26 entries
|1st||Antanas “Tony G” Guoga||$1,196,000|
SHRB Europe Event #3: $25,000 Short Deck NLH
US$25,000 buy-in, 45 entries
|1st||Antanas “Tony G” Guoga||$382,000|
After moving to Australia in 1984, Guoga discovered the game of poker as an 18-year-old, which along with his many businesses and philanthropic interests, saw both his fame and fortune build.
By the early 2000s, “Tony G” had established himself as one of poker’s most colourful characters – one many poker fans loved to hate due to his relentless table talk and antics on major poker broadcasts.
Tony G’s contribution to the poker industry, however, has been even more significant, most notably as the founder of PokerNews. He was also among the inaugural inductees in to the Australian Poker Hall of Fame in 2009 alongside Billy “The Croc” Argyros, Mel Judah, Jeff Lisandro and Joe Hachem.