Tony G Lithuanian-Australian poker player with over $8 million in career earnings. Born Antanas Guoga, he has built up a reputation as a charismatic businessman and philanthropist, as well as Member of the European Parliament from Lithuania (2014-19)
Read More: Top 5 Most Memorable Tony G Poker Hands
Born in 1973 in Lithuania, “Tony G” moved to Australia just before his teenage years and began playing poker a few years after that.
His first recorded cashes came in Austria in 2002, with his first WSOP cashes coming two years later with cashes in Seven Card Stud and Pot-Limit Hold'em.
In 2004, he finished second to Howard Lederer in the €10,000 Grand Prix de Paris WPT event for €339,930, before winning the European Poker Championships in London a year later for £260,000.
Throughout the mid 2000s, Tony G appeared and cashed on numerous occasions on the partypoker Premier League Poker TV show.
In 2014, Tony G became a Member of the European Parliament, representing Lithuania's Liberal party.
“I think that Lithuanian politics needs new people and new blood and I want to change policy,” Guoga stated during his campaign’s launch in October of 2013. “I have been fortunate enough myself to be reasonably successful in my life and I have new ideas and hope to inspire others to come into politics, too. I think I can bring a lot to the table with my experience in life and business.”
In 2019, Tony G sought re-election to the European Parliament but was unsuccessful. He subsequently quit the Lithuanian Parliament in 2021.
Re-Emergence into Poker
Between 2014 and 2017, Tony G recorded zero live poker cashes according to The Hendon Mob. Since then, however, he appears to be making up for lost time.
In 2019, he won the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe Triton Short Deck Event for €237,250, and signalled to the world that a return to the poker world may be on the cards.
“I guess I’m going to keep studying the game now and see if I can take on the best players in the future,” he said. “My game is behind at the moment because I’ve been in politics for five years. I’m dedicated to serving my country, but now I’m back in poker and enjoying life again.”
Later that year he would finish fourth in the WSOP Europe €250,000 Super High Roller for €799,045. In 2021, he again made it into the top stories of the year, with two stunning victories at the Super High Roller Series in Cyprus, for over $1.5 million combined.
Tony G Top 5 Career Cashes
|August 29, 2021||SHRB Europe Event #7: $100,000 Short Deck Hold’em||1st||$1,196,000|
|October 16, 2019||WSOPE Event 4: WSOP €250,000 No Limit Hold'em - Super High Roller||4th||$882,942|
|May 1, 2009||EPT Monte Carlo €25,000 No Limit Hold'em - European High Roller Championship||3rd||$552,239|
|August 5, 2005||The European Poker Championships £5,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event||1st||$456,8222|
|November 15, 2006||Asian Poker Tour $5,000 No Limit Hold'em Championship Event||1st||$451,822|