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NAPT Venetian $25K High Rollers

February 24, 2010

I’m in Las Vegas for the PokerStars NAPT $25K High Rollers event. There will be 49 players and the line up is pretty tough. I will be specifically looking for Daniel Negreanu. I had my bike shipped from the M Resort and was told it was on the way and should be at the Venetian by the time I arrived. My bike has gone missing. I am sure that Daniel took it since he is a bike mechanic. Until I find the bike, I won’t know where it went missing and if Daniel really had something to do with it.

I was asked before the High Roller heat started if I knew who was at my table. My reply was that I really didn’t want to know. Poker is still a game to me, I spend more time working on the business of poker and putting my contacts and knowledge of online poker to work for me than I do playing at the table. I want to enjoy the play of the game and if I have to spend every day grinding, I can’t, so I choose to work with poker in other ways that suit me and play when I want to play, that way I can laugh and enjoy my time with the game and the people I’m playing with.

But this is the line-up of the tables:

Table 1

1. Joe Sebok
2. Phil Laak
3. Justin Bonomo
4. David Williams
5. Joe Cassidy
6. Yevgeniy Timoshenko
7. Tommy Vedes

Table 2

1. (Satellite winner)
2. Dario Minieri
3. Tony G.
4. Alec Torelli
5. Isaac Haxton
6. Daniel Alaei
7. Peter Eastgate

Table 3

1. Chris Moneymaker
2. Keith Gibson
3. Joe Cada
4. Jason Mercier
5. Hasan Habib
6. Matt Glantz
7. Ashton Griffin

Table 4

1. Andrew Robl
2. Lee Markholt
3. John Hennigan
4. Phil Galfond
5. Alex Kamberis
6. Brett Richey
7. Daniel Negreanu

Table 5

1. J.C Tran
2. Joe Hachem
3. Annie Duke
4. Jennifer Tilly
5. Vanessa Rousso
6. Di Dang
7. Faraz Jaka

Table 6

1. Scott Seiver
2. Brian Rast
3. Chau Giang
4. Bertrand Grospellier
5. Antonio Esfandiari
6. Sorel Mizzi
7. Barry Greenstein

Table 7

1. Phil Hellmuth
2. Adam Richardson
3. Hoyt Corkins
4. Greg Raymer
5. John Duthie
6. Hevad Khan
7. Steven Paul (a.k.a. Steve Paul-Ambrose)

I have been skiing at Brian Head and only flew into Vegas late yesterday afternoon. I am tired but ready to play. After the High Rollers event I will be going to London and after that, returning to my home in Lithuania where I will spend time with family and relax for a bit. I am still working on my health and will continue to do that.

I will also work on my poker game as time permits and I will definitely work on finding out if Daniel is the one who sent my bike out of action. You can’t mess with Tony G’s bike and just walk away thinking there is no consequence. Consider this a bike warning to everyone!

Come play poker with Tony G at www.partypoker.com

Back in L.A. - The Premier League Starts soon

February 05, 2010

I have been in L.A. for a few days now after catching a direct flight out of Melbourne. The flight only took 13 hours and I’m staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel - it is very nice.

Somehow, I managed to catch a cold but I can’t remember looking for it to begin with - or it caught me. I’m a bit under the weather due to circumstances beyond my control. Jogging and exercise are out of the question right now, I’m just taking it easy for the time being, acclimating myself to the climate and area after being in Melbourne for the Aussie Millions.

I’m going to spend the next few days seeing myself take the title of the Party Poker Premier League this year. It’s a very tough line-up Luke Schwartz, Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Rousso, David Benyamine, Phil Hellmuth, JC Tran - last year’s champion, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Roland de Wolfe, and Doyle Brunson is in it also. It’s going to be tough, and sick competition, and fun. I can’t wait! I love that event!

Staying with the positive thought that I will win the Premier League event, after I take it down I will be playing a PokerStars special invitation event that has a 25K buy-in and only 36 players in a shoot out. That is the 23rd at the Venetian, after the NAPT I believe. To warm up for that event, I will also be seeing myself winning it, devoting my energy to a lot of positive thought, and by the time I leave L.A. I should be finished with the cold that caught me and I will be ready to go skiing (I’m definitely considering skiing) as I head to Las Vegas and the PokerStars event.

As I end this post, one word of advice, never go looking for a cold, it’s sure to find you if you do. Do look for your bike when you are at the table with me; it definitely beats walking and may prevent a cold from catching you.

Come play poker with Tony G at www.partypoker.com