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NZ and The Sunday Bike Ride

November 17, 2010

I am in back in NZ with Lee Nelson. I am staying at his retreat, Split Apple Retreat, and working on my health. The new thing I’ve started in my life is Yoga which has been difficult but is also very rewarding. On most days I am able to walk over 10 miles – that means I have more energy to go for bike rides but do not worry friends, I will send you on them when you play against me.

In general, things are really quiet for me right now, it’s a time of peace and rejuvenating the spirit. I have a far reaching goal of optimal health for The G. On a shorter scale, I want to get really fit and strong by January.

I have been invited to High Stakes Poker but it’s such a long way to go I am uncertain as of right now. I’m also considering the trip to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, but again, the distance from Melbourne is like 27 hours to get there and those flights take a lot out of you. I feel like I’ve made it in poker so the fun part is the key for me, (that should give all of you mean spirited people that don’t share my view of poker something to jump on). Flying all those hours and returning isn’t part of the fun I enjoy. When I fly to Las Vegas, I like to stay a few weeks and enjoy the place which gives me recuperation time before the flight back.

Right now I am completely focused on playing at the Party Poker Sunday Bike Ride – I will be playing there today. Do come and enjoy the game and your bike ride home, I will do my best to send you out.

All Gay’d Out and Laughing

October 25, 2010

Sometimes in life you get dealt a bad hand, but you play it anyway, and then you get an opportunity to change the hand. You have to have heart and commitment and the street confidence to just ask someone for that missing Ace. Ask Vifer, he’s a very willing candidate. Please, Vifer, just give me that Ace. I had the heart and commitment and the confidence and I deserve my Broadway.
I’ve been taking a look at this thread on 2+2. It’s gay! Oh wait, that’s me, I’m gay according to some of the posters. My response is: WHO THE FUCK CARES if you think I’m gay? I don’t care! Maybe you should tell your buddy sitting there huddling next to you when you fire up the threads on 2+2, maybe he cares.

I do care about Elizabeth and anyone picking on her is beyond the level of low life and your diatribe against her makes you my enemy. I don’t want people to attack Elizabeth. She is special and I took her and her sister Vic to the best club in Vegas and got the best table the “G” could get. We had a great time and it’s probably beyond the understanding of some of you low lifes but perhaps one day you will figure it out when you get a real life. Elizabeth made it in life and for her to be attacked is just beyond low and her willingness to continue posting on the 2+2 forum and answer your questions speaks very well of her character and intentions.

One day I will visit her and I will visit her nephew, or better yet, I might get them to fly in and visit me when I’m in Vegas mowing down the bloody Hellmuth again or that silly Vifer who I destroy and own. In fact, I own them all, so attack me and not my friend Elizabeth.

I love the 2+2 community! No, really. I love for people to have a crack at me as I’m just a donk off the streets that got lucky and I’m no one to look up too, but I will come after all the low lifes that attack my friend.

Australian Rules Football – and ME!

October 05, 2010

Back in Melbourne, the city I love, and it feels great. I’m getting ready for the Grand Final replay of Australian Rules Football. It’s an amazing game and the only one in the world that is replayed if there is a draw. That’s just what happened last Saturday. The game ended with St. Kilda and Collingwood each scoring 68 points. Lucky for me – I had a really big bet on St. Kilda which was +16.5pts.
This week I bet St. Kilda again for a big go. Here in Australia we have the only game in the world where the Grand Final has been replayed three times in the past century. The odds of a draw are about 100/1 but it does happen and I was cheering for it. I love the game so much I wanted to see one more live game this year. It is my favorite game in the world – after basketball.

I am going to run up to Sydney to try and pick up a beer business, it may only be a small part of the business but it should be fun. At the end of the month I will join Lee Nelson in New Zealand and be on a massive health drive for over a month. I enjoy learning and working on improving my health and I’m looking forward to this retreat.

I played some online poker yesterday at Party Poker at $250-$500 stakes. The session has been recorded and you will be able to watch the whole session soon here. Join me at Party Poker, it’s easy to mow me down and clean me out – I will fight back though so don’t look for an easy bankroll booster when you face me at the table. That’s why bikes were made!

Staying off the streets of London

August 08, 2010

I took down the $120K winner-take-all Poker Lounge in Cardiff at the end of July and had a great time doing it. It was a 6-seat sit and go for TV with a $20K buy-in. Jennifer Harman, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, and James Dempsey were in my heat. I ran over them and forced them to leave crying on the bike ride out. Mike Matusow and I ended up heads-up with The Mouth having a thin chip lead. It was an awesome repeat of the famous WPT Bad Boys of Poker finale. I crushed Mike then and I double crushed him again so bad that he had no tears left for the bike ride. The G is up and running in full form after taking some time away from the game.

I am in London right now enjoying life and played a pretty high stakes cash game last night in Les Ambassadeurs Casino and ended up just about even. I had a few side bets with Roland de Wolfe on odds of making a back door flush with one card gone. I am really weak at math but seemed to win from Roland on pure fact bets. It’s pretty silly as everyone knows I am a pretty major mug and should take me on with any bets and clean me out.

I am lining up for the big trip to Las Vegas this Tuesday where I will again get ready for the Big Game on Fox. I will play twice and am coming after Daniel to get some revenge. I will spend nine days in Vegas and then fly to Latvia where I play another TV event, the Baltic Poker Champs, that will be fun with all Baltic States playing. The PartyPoker World Open VI is starting, Phil Laak is the defending champion and confirmed to play but he took a bad tumble on an ATV and is in the hospital in Oregon with seven broken bones and a very bad injury to his right eye. Tough luck Phil, best wishes on your recuperation. I am also confirmed to play the World Open Vi and the World Poker Tour London that starts on the 29th of August. Busy times for me in the poker world right now but I am up for the challenge and filled with heart that the biggest donkey will win in the end. We all know donkeys can’t ride a bike!

So for now I am trying to stay out of trouble and off the London streets and pick a few winners – at least more winners than losers – in Aussie Rules Football. It’s been an amazing season this year. I just had my biggest bet of the year on Carlton vs. Essendon – go mighty blues!! How much do I bet on an Aussie Football League game? Well, it’s six numbers and I would bet more if they let me as I love to win.

One last thought – may your bike tires never go flat, may I never need to wonder if mine are.

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Back to Poker

July 19, 2010

I’ve been away and enjoyed every minute of it but I’m ready to come back to the world of high stakes heat, TV poker, and all the action anyone can throw at me. I will be playing the Poker Lounge in Wales on the 22nd. From there it will be the Poker Millions Event Heat 1 in London on 28th. It will be a busy day and a fair bit of poker on TV that day as I will be doing two shows that day on the Poker Lounge.

My next poker ventures will be the WSOP Europe, and WPT events as well as all the EPT events. I will focus on playing in London.

I sent my Angels out to bring you a report of the WSOP Main Event Final Players, enjoy the report as they find answers and news from each player that you won’t hear about anyplace else.

Tony’s Angels

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Short and Sweet from Nida Lithuania

July 08, 2010

The WSOP main event started without me and I’m sure they aren’t missing me at all and it’s probably more amplified from my side since I’m really glad I am where I am. I am doing great. I’ve been watching the soccer world cup. I love watching the game and the competition.

I have been spending time with my kids and really enjoying being out of poker for awhile – just taking it easy and relaxing. I won’t be playing poker until the WSOP Europe comes up and other EPT events in Europe.

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Off to Europe

June 16, 2010 2 comments

I am back in London. I am really glad to have some time off and away from the WSOP. There are a few sites talking it up about me leaving the WSOP right now and even throwing in name calling. Guess what? I don’t care. I play when I enjoy playing and I do my best. I don’t have to play on their schedule or on their idea of how I should react. They seem to have forgotten that poker is a game and the player chooses the field of competition.

I am crushed that I could not make a final table or pick up a bracelet this year but I will most likely play the Main Event and take a crack at the WSOP Europe later on, I won’t give up trying.

The PokerStars Big Game aired on TV in the US on the 14th and if you missed it, you can watch it on the PokerStars Blog. The loose cannon, Ernest Wiggins, comes in with $100K and plays against the pros: Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Phil Laak, The G (me), and Phil Hellmuth. We play 150 hands and I’m the most aggressive according to the stats, 15 times more aggressive to bet or raise than call than the other players. I hate it when my secrets are given away. I did have a great time with the Big Game.

I’m always busy with my business and working on good health and enjoying life. I want to have a good time, no matter what I do – which includes riding my trike.

P.S. After playing the WSOP $10k PLO event all day and busting close to the money with Hellmuth at my table, the only consolation was that he busted before me. I went to Bobbys Room at Bellagio to relax and got into a 4K-8K mixed game. We played limit Deuce to 7 triple draw and 500-1000 PLO. Ivey was drunk, on my right, and there were some bets on him vomitting in Bobbys Room but it was all fun and games, no harm intended, just laughter and good times. The Ivey BBQ was on today and the big boys in the game were more than happy. Durrrr was in the game and so was Benyamine and the crazy Frenchy Ciryl. I managed to snag a few pots from Ivey and peddled my bike out to home, I was a very happy punter and more important, a winner.

Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better Championship

June 13, 2010

Tony spends a few minutes with Gloria Balding as she says this tournament is one of the easiest tournaments ever and Tony agrees by saying that he’s the best player there *note the laughter in the background* as Tony continues. He just put his shares up on ChipMeUp and they are sold out already. He’s trying hard, he hasn’t cashed yet at the World Series but he has won a tournament in the last week. He’s doing well, and having a good year, and he feels good about the $10K PLO Hi/Low tournament that continues again today.

He says he’s doing his best with his limited abilities, just plugging away and if he doesn’t final table in this event, it will probably be his last event until perhaps the Main Event.

He talks about the balance of poker and life and being able to step away from it for awhile to bring it back into the right focus.

He’s also sweating the Aussie Rules Football game and has sportsbets on it as he plays poker. He used to play the game as a kid.

He made a 100k bet with Phil Ivey on this game and talks about his last crazy bet with Tom Dwan in the Deuce to 7 Lowball Draw tournament.

He’s looking at houses in Las Vegas since he plans on buying a house in the area and says he’s in Patrick’s house right now and it was incorrectly reported that he was going to buy it, he’s still looking.

Away from the camera, Tony reports that he’s super motivated to do well in this event and he really enjoys the game and has done well in it over the years.

Playing the 2-7 low ball draw

June 10, 2010

I got to the tournament area late, after the dinner break. I had business to take care of and this was going to probably be my last event at the WSOP this year. I haven’t decided if I will be back for the Main Event or not.

I had a last longer bet with Tom Dwan. If he outlasted me, I had to go over to his table and do 5 pushups, if I outlasted him, he had to come to mine and do 15. I lost the bet. Those 5 pushups were not easy, it’s much easier to ride a bike, but I have been working out with a trainer and it won’t be long before they are much easier. Losing the bet wasn’t easy either because I wanted to play and see if I could start moving up the ladder.

For now I’m going home to Europe soon. I want to spend time with my family and keep working on good health. I may return to the Series, I may not. I will be playing the Poker Lounge Show in Cardiff in the UK on July 21st, that is the only poker plan I have right now.

Omaha Hi/Low 8 or Better

June 05, 2010

Gloria Balding catches Tony just as he’s heading out to dinner. He’s playing in the Omaha Hi/Lo Limit tournament. Tony says he needs a good run. He’s in to small tournaments now and things haven’t been going well but he’s not giving up. He plays for fun but he plays to win and every tournament he enters is one that he wants to win.

Everyone, including Phil Ivey, are playing all the tournaments – low limit buy-ins and big buy-ins, everyone has different reasons to play but it’s all about the bracelet. Tony really wants to win one, time will tell but he wants to win one.

He’s comfortable with all games and any limit. Gloria asks about the game Go Fish, which sends Tony off to dinner to eat some.

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