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Staking Isildur1

March 28, 2010 1 comments

Isildur1 is back online, creating a lot of noise in the high limit games and I’ve mentioned in a past blog post that I would stake him and now I’m inviting him out to play the PartyPoker.com Big Game IV in the UK from April 11-13th at Les Ambassadeurs in London. I am offering to pay everything to get him there, and his hotel, and to stake him in the 48 hour cash game. Isildur1, everyone wants to watch your incredible online game unfold on a live table with your opponents sitting across the table from you.

You can still be anonymous. No one even has to see your face, you can wear any mask you want and I’m offering my Kermit the Frog outfit to you, it’s green and green resembles money so take the offer man. When the event is televised all over the world, everyone will see the Frog raising and stacking.

You can wear any mask you want, including one that I will have made just for you if that’s your choice. You don’t even have to talk, you can use hand signals for raising and checking, but from watching you play online I know you will use the raise motion the most.

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport is a friend and he will help you remain anonymous. You know I love your style and I want to watch you play and it will only make us better friends and more competitive in poker, I do hope you’ll accept. We will ask to get the event renamed if you agree to come. We will talk to the owners of the Les Ambassadeurs Club Les Isildur1’s for that one night.

If you come and let me stake you, I will still play my hardest to beat you. Be warned, the bike ride with a mask might be difficult.

Pauly's Pen

March 24, 2010 1 comments

The poem that Pauly used as a beginning for his post on Phil Hellmuth and me, the G, is a classic but what goes on between Hellmuth and me is beyond classic. If you want to read more about the poem and find a varying definition of what it means, read here and here.

If you want to find out how I feel about Hellmuth keep reading. I love to taunt him. Who wouldn’t? He invites it and everyone knows that he is going to try to be the star of every show no matter how he has to do it, even if it’s showing up as Caesar at the World Series of Poker. The thing that stands out most about Hellmuth, to everyone, are his quick retorts and cutting remarks when he gets beat. Why would he expect to win every hand he plays? And why is his behavior tolerated by anyone, including tournament directors, when he behaves the way he does? For that reason, I taunt him and try to get him to go over the edge because that’s where I want him, over the edge when I play against him and I’m going to try to bust him hard when I play against him. My letter to Hellmuth has been dissected and explained by more than one, I do not feel the need to explain. I do feel that when a player of his caliber leaves a tournament table and curls up on the floor in fetal position in front of the audience and the cameras that something is wrong. He is either mentally off balance or he’s putting on the ultimate show to get attention which is one of his tricks.

Pauly’s post is funny, you will enjoy it. I don’t need biting lessons and yes I am blessed by the Gods with Super Human Strength and a great bike for a fast get away if I need it. I am a trash talker and it’s part of my game. I had a fantastic time trash talking the Russian, you will notice in the video that he kept smiling at the end but did not reply. Anyone that knows Ralph Perry knows those smiles. Or maybe the smile was complete shock because he played as bad as he did. Yosh Nakano and Sam Farha thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.

Anyone that knows me knows that I would not try to force my poker ideas on other cultures or people. I would try to trash talk them under the table if the opportunity arises. I enjoy it! I play poker for fun, I have a poker related business that keeps my time very well covered and poker plays its role as entertainment for me, that entertainment includes writing letters to Phil Hellmuth and trash talking the Ralph Perrys of the world. If you meet me at a table and want to trash talk me, I say “Bring it on Bab.

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

More Business and Future Poker Horizons

March 21, 2010

I have a new side to my business. I work at a variety of projects and try new ideas to see what works and what doesn’t and I keep reevaluating what I have accomplished and where I’m going. My latest business project is focusing on consulting and helping poker all over the world. I got a very good result in Lithuania where poker is now a sport and I feel I had a part in making that happen. I am proud that poker has a different status than casino games.

Domains are being blocked in Estonia but the good news is that it’s not hard to get a license and become legal in Estonia. I am in the process of setting up PokerNews Consultation and will help out gaming companies in this region, making it profitable to operate a business there.

I am passionate about poker and I believe everyone has the right to play.

I also believe everyone must prepare for a bike ride now and then…have you had yours today?

Come play with Tony G at www.partypoker.com


March 09, 2010

I am in Lithuania right now having a good time with work. Most of you probably think of work as a task or something that you have to do to make your poker buy-in and pay the rent, but I enjoy work, especially if it is all about poker and the internet. It’s challenging and fun because it’s more like solving puzzles and fitting the pieces together to accomplish what I want. Along with work, I’m also enjoying family and friends and the feeling of home since I travel so much.

I will be going to France soon and play poker as well this month. There is a heads-up event I want to play in. I wasn’t good enough to get an invite to the NBC Heads-up so I hope to win this event to prove them wrong for not wanting me at the Heads-up competition. I want to teach other players to get ready for the Bike Ride and what better way than in a heads-up match?

Over the next few months I will be really focusing on my business and see just how far I can go with it. I won’t be playing much live and will reserve most of my playing time for PartyPoker. I hope to see you at the tables.

Come play with Tony G at www.partypoker.com