Antanas ‘Tony G’ Guoga
About Antanas ‘Tony G’ Guoga
|Current Residence||Kaunas, Lithuania|
|Born||December 17, 1973|
|Birth Place||Kaunas, Lithuania|
Antanas Guoga Trivia
- Was part of the European Parliament.
- Famous about his table talk clashes with Phil Helmuth.
- Made name as a National Basketball Coach.
- Never won a bracelet during the World Series of Poker.
|Against Strong Players||9|
|Against Weak Players||10|
Antanas ‘Tony G’ Guoga, a true gem for the poker scene for decades already, is not only a poker player but also a successful businessman, politician, and philanthropist. He is mostly known for his extravert character at the poker tables. Not only is he one of the most amusing players to watch, but he is also really crushing the High Stakes tournaments and cash games with his raw skillset for quite a while now.
Antanas moved to Australia with his parents when he was just 11 years old. In Melbourne he graduated from school, and had his first jobs added to his CV. When still living in Lithuania, he was a Rubik’s Cube national champion. In 1991, being 18 years old, he had his first experiences with poker, which was the start of an incredible successful career on and off the tables. Tony G, his main nickname, had ambitions to not only succeed at the poker tables but also being a successful businessman and being a politician.
Becoming One of World’s Most Feared Poker Players
It all started in 2002 in Austria for his live poker career, winning a 200 buy-in 7-card Stud tournament for $6,491. A few months later, again in Austria, he pulled off his first big score finished runner-up in a 2,000 buy-in tournament cashing for $38,449. It was a start of many notables cashes throughout the years, 144 to be exact.
Tony G, his main nickname, scooped his first 6-figure tournament score during the 10,000 WPT No-Limit Hold’em at the Rendez Vous Casino in Paris, finishing again runner-up, for a total of $414,478. The world got introduced to a very flamboyant poker player from Lithuania and from here onwards he would be present in many televised Cash Games, as well as the famous ‘The Big Game’ from partypoker.
In August 2005, during the World Series of Poker Europe in London he would best this score with a nice victory and a first prize of $456,822, beating Norwegian Sverre Sundbo heads-up. Another year, and many cashes later, he would ship another huge poker tournament in the likes of the Asian Poker Tour for $451,700.
Tony G not only put Lithuania in the spotlights, but with his amusing table talk and, for some, unorthodox poker style he managed to steal many people’s hearts who fancied poker. Which would later evolve in many clashes with the famous ‘poker brat’ Phil Helmuth. It turned out that Tony G kept playing poker, with a break of a couple years between 2013-2017, but it would not affect the love for the game. In the more recent years, he has played many High Roller tournaments and was not afraid for anyone at the poker tables. Resulting in many great cashes and even getting 7-figure scores such as his $1,196,000 win during the $100,000 Short-Deck tournament of the SHRB Europe, where Paul Phua became second. In 2022, he bested this score winning another Short-Deck tournament.
The Triton Poker Series are not unknown for Tony G, so he made act de presence in Madrid during the $100,000 buy-in event where he would become second for $1,389,436, losing the final heads-up of English High Stakes crusher Steven Chidwick. In poker history there have been many great, unique players, who all contributed to what the poker is stands for. By the likes of Stu Ungar, Doyle Brunson, Phil Helmuth, Chris Moneymaker, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Dave Ulliott, Viktor Blom. We are extremely positive that Tony G fits right in as well.
In November 2020 he was elected within the Lithuanian National Parliament, representing the Labour Party Group. He is also Deputy Chair, Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Head of the Group for Inter-Parliamentary Relations. His main areas of engagement are Legislation and parliamentary scrutiny.
Guoga also has been part of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Where he was a member of the ‘Alliance of Liberals and Democrats’ until October 2016. He became member of the European People’s Party, the biggest party in the parliament. His main occupations were working on a range of digital policies in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. As a true entrepreneur himself, he stood for better conditions for European businesses, mainly within the technology area.
In 2015 he was already elected as a Lithuanian representative in the POLITICO 28 list.
He also was the chairman of the biggest ICT and entrepreneurship event in the Baltics named #SWITCH! And had many more political positions as well beforehand.
The World Outside Poker and Politics
Antanas ‘Tony G’ Guoga is, as mentioned before, a true gem in general. He often supports charity events and sets them up as well. Recently he even reserved his own hotel to receive Ukranian refugees for as long as needed, in Lithuania. Besides being a humble person, he is also extremely successful. Resulting in being a major sponsor of the Lithuanian basketball Federation. He was even the National Basketball team’s manager in 2010 until 2012. Besides this he was the main sponsor of his favorite home team BC Prienai, and was vice-president of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation, and the Lithuanian Rowing Federation.
He is also the director and CEO of Cypherpunk Holdings, announcing in 2021 acquiring two million shares of Animoca Brands, for about $2 million (CAD) of worth.
Together with his wife Aiste Guogienè he has also three sons and three daughters. All residing in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Tony G has a heart of gold, and it seems that everything he is getting his hands on, turns into gold. We hope to see him for many more years within the poker industry as a player like him is truly unique and extremely important for the poker industry in general.
Antanas ‘Tony G’ Guoga Tournament High Scores
|Date||Tournament Name||Bui-In||Place||Cash Prize|
|Jul/04||Grand prix de Paris, WPT, Paris||€ 10.000||2nd||$ 414.478|
|Aug/05||European Poker Championships, London||£ 5.050||1st||$ 456.822|
|Jul/06||Intercontinental Poker Championship, Las Vegas||N/A||2nd||$ 150.000|
|Nov/06||Betfair APT, Singapore||$ 5.000||1st||$ 451.700|
|Sep/07||World Series of Poker Europe Omaha, London||£ 5.250||3rd||$ 190.056|
|Nov/07||MILLION$ Main Event, Moscow||$ 10.500||1st||$ 205.000|
|May/09||European Poker Tour High Roller, Monte Carlo||€ 25.500||3rd||$ 552.239|
|Sep/10||World Poker Tour High Roller, London||£ 15.000||2nd||$ 131.479|
|May/17||Aria High Roller, Las Vegas||$ 25.000||1st||$ 353.280|
|Aug/17||Partypoker Live german Championships, Rozvadov||€ 25.000||2nd||$ 353.682|
|Aug/19||Partypoker Live MILLION$ Short Deck, Rozvadov||€ 25.500||1st||$ 265.859|
|Aug/21||Merit Poker High Roller, Kyrenia||$ 25.000||1st||$ 382.500|
|Aug/21||Merit Poker SHRB, Kyrenia||$ 100.000||1st||$ 1.196.000|
|May/22||Triton Poker Short deck Main, Madrid||€ 100.000||2nd||$ 1.389.436|
|Sep/22||Luxon Pay Mediterranean Poker Party, Kyrenia||$ 10.400||1st||$ 257.500|
You want to follow Tony G and his poker career? Make sure to follow him on one of his socials:
www.twitter.com/tonyguoga (78,3K followers)
www.instagram.com/antanasguoga/ (17,9K followers)