Antanas “Tony G” Guoga, born December 17, 1973 in Kaunas, Lithuania, is a respected businessman and a professional poker player.
As a child, he was the Rubik’s Cube champion of Lithuania before moving to Melbourne, Australia at the age of 11. Tony also played chess and went to a chess school.
Poker was another of Tony’s hobbies. He was playing poker as a kid with his family. He was fascinated by the game and after graduating secondary school, he obtained an Australian citizenship and left Australia to travel the world playing poker.
With his love for poker, Tony was well positioned when the online poker boom started. He invested in the industry and bought the domain name pokernews.com for $6,000, got couple of programers to setup the site and started writing himself. Tony helped make PokerNews.com the world’s leading live poker tournament reporting website.
The year 2004 was crucial for Tony. He played at the televised final table in the World Series of Poker. Tony’s entertaining antics during the game were picked up by people in the industry. News of Tony’s ability and style began to spread throughout the world of poker and through online poker forums taking the name Tony G to new heights of fame.
Tony G’s total tournament winnings exceed $4,000,000
He finished in the money twice at the 2004 World Series of Poker in Seven-card stud and Pot Limit Texas hold ‘em tournaments and later in the year finished second place to England’s Surinder Sunar at the WPT Grand Prix de Paris earning $414,478.
On August 7, 2005 he won the $5,000 No Limit Hold-Em Main Event of the European Poker Championships, earning $456,822. In 2006 he finished second to Yosh Nakano while representing Australia in the inaugural Intercontinental Poker Championship, taking down $150,000.
His total live tournament winnings exceed $4,000,000. See Tony G’s results at the Hendon Mob.
In 2007 in Russia Tony won his biggest ever cash game pot – $3 million. It was a game of Omaha, 3 players were all-in on the flop and Tony won with the highest Flush.
Contributes large portions of his winnings to charity
He has developed a reputation as a generous philanthropist. When time permits, Tony plays in many charity poker events and has contributed large portions of his winnings to various charity trusts and organizations.
Tony has been dominating televised cash games in 2010-2011, with the highlight being the first ever player to reach $1 million on the table in PokerStars Big Game.
In 2011 Tony G received a World Lithuanian award due to various contributions to Lithuania. Over 36,000 people participated in the poll and chose Antanas Guoga as the Lithuanian that promoted his country in the most positive manner.
To find out more about Antanas Guoga please visit his personal website at AntanasGuoga.lt