When I first arrived in the Olympic Village in London, I was so tired I couldn't put 2+2 together and get a Forum so it was time to sleep. I marched in the opening ceremony with Lithuania as the Lithuanian Olympic attaché and also the basketball team manager for Lithuania. I can't describe that, being there, feeling it, living it, it was a dream and it came true.
I was excited (I still am over my team and everything they put into being a champion - they have heart, heart, heart, heart) and I planned to do this one time in my life, yes, take the Lithuanian Basketball team to the Olympics, and then to move on and look for new challenges.
Playing the World Poker Tour Cyprus wasn't even a question when I found out my team was going to the Olympics but I will play Paris, make your travel plans now and meet me there!
I stayed in the Olympic Village and many people recognized me. If they hadn't, would they ask me if poker was an Olympic sport? The Olympic Village is like stepping into a completely different world and my two years of being involved with Lithuanian basketball is what brought me here, I'm proud to be Lithuanian.
I had breakfast with Ruta Meilutyte, and it was amazing to sit by a 15-year-old Lithuanian swimming superstar. I bumped into Greeks in East London that wanted to take me on - is there a rumor going around that I'm easy? I declined each attempt because the only reason I was there was for my team, Lithuania's men's basketball team.
We played the U.S. team on Saturday. The U.S. didn't count on all the heart the Lithuanian Basketball team has and it almost cost them.
I went right to Twitter: "i am so proud - great effort - we nearly did it. #Lithuania #heart"
Off the subject of the Olympics, I love the Tony Betties and here they are with a little Cheer Up to keep you in form for the day. Like them on FB.
Start playing and get your seat locked up for the WPT Paris, I’ll see you there!
UPDATE - August 5th, 2012:
I've been spending lots of time with Ruta Meilutyte. This little lady is just 15 years old and a Gold medalist. She is an amazing inspiration for all small countries, and people around the world, that anyone can do it. If you have the hart and commitment, you can do it. And she has!
I was on the bench a few days ago when team USA took on the mighty Lithuania. It was so so close, just 5 points in the end, and what a great, great game it was. I am so proud to be part of team Lithuania!
I do plan to get back to poker after this Olympics, although it's been an amazing time in my life, I know that poker is more for me, I love the game of poker and the spirit of competition that goes with it too. I am very glad I could help my team from Lithuania in any way possible although being the attache for Lithuania has been a lot of work, it's fun and I am loving it! It's great to do as many things in life as possible and this is something I would have a hard time describing to anyone that hasn't been there.
Today I was at the track and field and saw Usain Bolt live; that was worth the effort to get to the ground. As the attache I can go anywhere I like, that is one of the great privileges of being part of the games.
Today will find me leaving Lithuania for Prague. I’m on my way to the Kings Casino to play the $25K High Roller. There are plans for a streaming live cash game and that is one of my favorites in poker.
I returned to Lithuania recently from Minsk, Belarus and the big game I’ve been playing. The game is indescribable really; the chips are rolling across the floor, up the walls and across the ceiling, and just waiting to be scooped up. The pots in PLO are so big you need pole vaulting skills to get over them and a bulldozer to scrape them into your stack.
I love poker!!! It seems like the biggest games in the world are in Minsk right now. It’s really a very incredible place, very fun, as well as very safe. The night life is some of the best in the world and great night clubs put it all together. And when I’m not in a poker game, I am the night life. It is never too late to stop doing everything and PARTY! Find me if you want to do it right.
When I was in Minsk, I stayed at the Hotel Europa. And when I checked in, I saw Andy Beal’s Ferrari with Florida plates. It’s very nice to see Andy in Minsk nowadays.
Prague and poker, I’m on my way!
I got rolled out of the €100,000 Super High Roller at the 2012 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final. I made it to day 2 and was in 10th place in the chip counts with 442,000. It was a great turn out with over 40 players and some rebuys.
I had K-K dealt to me three hands in a row. Has anyone ever had that happen to them before? I was seeing clearly when I threw them away before the flop.
I had about a half a million in chips when I picked up K-K and open raised before the flop. Patrik Antonius made the call. Justin Bonomo put in a raise from the button to over 40,000. I four bet to 114,000 and after Antonius folded, Bonomo moved all-in for somewhere close to 400,000. I turned up two red kings and folded them. I now find myself watching a pair of kings ride a bike down a very steep hill and crashing at the bottom. The bike survives the crash.
The hand that took me out of the tournament was A-Q. Dan Shak raised and I reraised from the small blind. Shak had me covered and held pocket Jacks. The flop was not on my side when it gave me top two pair and Shak a set. The turn even brought one more out, a possible split pot when a 10 hit. But the river paired the wrong card, another 10 fell. I was gone, gone, gone. I went to look for a bike to ride down the hill and run over the broken pieces of kings. There were no bikes!!!
I felt in my heart that Bonomo had A-A. It’s hard and painful but it is life and it’s easy to think what may have been but I have to go with how I felt at the time. I hope to find out what he had.
Maybe players feel it takes guts to make big calls but I also think it takes ‘huge hart’ to make huge lay downs. I feel that my game needs improving and I hope in the future I will have a lot more time to just focus on poker and play the very best players. I really enjoyed the event.
Now I’m on a break for a few days. I just landed in Frankfurt and I’m on my way to Vilnius where I have a few meetings. Over the weekend I will be looking to hit the big game in Minsk, Belarus. There are big cash games over there right now.
In early May I plan on being in Prague to play at the Kings Casino. There are plans for a streaming live cash game, plus they are doing a 25K high roller there too on the 7th of May.
Then I’ll be in Las Vegas in time for Bellagio’s 100K and the 25K.
Aside from poker I’m launching Tony Betties – I’m looking for talent and we’ll have auditions at the Tony Resort – watch the official video:
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Sitting in Frankfurt waiting for K-K...
I have been in Vienna playing PLO games. The action is great and I've
been playing well and winning. It is always more fun when I'm winning! I
love PLO. When I finish tormenting and punishing everyone I meet at the
poker tables in Vienna, I will go to Croatia for a week and play tennis.
I may have to find someone that plays tennis on a bike.
Tennis is going to be part of my getting fit and in shape, a Tony G
promotion I have created for myself. People should do that more often,
create a promotion just for themselves. It could be any manner of things
you want to do to improve your life or take you out of a hole that you
have fallen into on your way down, like Phil Hellmuth, he needs to
create a PHI-MUTH program.
Phil, you understand the need, right? You are lost and it shows. You
didn't make it to the Premier League or The Big Game. Are you going to
come out and play? If so, when?
Enough about Phil.
I will be in Monte Carlo on the 22nd of April and ready to play in the
first ever European Super High Roller event that has a €100,000 (about
$131,500) buy-in. This looks like the line-up for the game so far:
- Daniel Negreanu
- Eugene Katchalov
- Jason Mercier
- Scott Seiver
- David Sands
- Dan Shak
- Artem Evgenievich Litvinov
- Leon Tsoukernik
- Tobias Reinkemeier
- Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom
- Masa Kagawa
- Patrik Antonius
- Jason Somerville
- Sorel Mizzi
- Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier
- Jonathan Duhamel
- Dan Smith
I have been very busy with TonyBet.
Soon we hope to have a live game (like The Big Game) on
PokerNews and have live betting
on the side with TonyBet providing the lines for the betting. Look for
more news on that soon.
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I've been on a runner that only The G could make and survive. I played poker with Mike Sexton on the streets of Vienna - and loved the hell out of it. But since I’m me and the rest of the world is ‘them’ it’s possible ‘them’ loved seeing me in the poker game more than I loved being in it. You figure it out!
When I won Group A, Heat 2, I busted Erik Seidel to do it. He is a Seiborg. I welcome him to the living dead:
I made the final table of the Premier League and picked up some big hands but could never get paid off or find action until I hit the hand with K-K that sent most of my chips to Patrik Antonius. I raised to 30,000 and got called by Ad-4d out of the BB. The flop should have sent alarms firing off every milisecond in my brain when it came A-A-4. Antonius and I checked the turn, he checked the river and I bet. He check raised and I called. I wasn't happy. I'm sure I called because there was a donkey on the table and it removed everything else that would have saved me - all my other animals that had been with me during my table time. My animal instincts were done!
I wasn't happy!
Vodka and Red Bull became my new best friend. I didn't want a break; I wanted to pay the staff to keep the game running. The Blinds were 15,000-30,000 and I was firing and rehiring my PA and the Panda about every half a minute! Damn the Panda! They used to be lucky for me when we played Twister.
I shoved my last 192,000 into the middle with the Ac-Kc and that hand got ran over by Dan Cates' Ad-Qd.
I was out, steaming and looking for more Red Bull laced with Vodka, tweeting "you know you are done when the bunny's got the gun - all pandas and pa's need to be fired - lets get patrik."
I went out to the streets to look for a Seiborg on a bike! He wasn't to be found. But that is all history now. Congratulations to Scott Seiver for winning the Premier League.
Today I'm playing The Big Game. It's broadcasting live, come and join in the fun.
I am in Vienna dodging bullets from some of the best players in the world and having the time of my life. I love the game! Hellmuth isn't here but some players just can't keep up with the competition. I did my best to goad him into coming and talking smack to him and about him, but he's out, out, out! I even sent him a tweet extolling the virtues of drinking Guinness to give him steel, heart and commitment, and advised him to drink lots of it so he could become Premier League class again.
I found JESUS! I tried to find my money but he said "Maybe we can talk about it." That's more than I've gotten from Howard, he won't even talk to me or anyone else about it. Jesus was polite and calm and I invited him to party.
I found Jesus again playing poker on the Premier League TV set and I went for it. I gatecrashed the set and disrupted everything. That is one of the things I do best. I make things happen. When it starts to quiet down and people think they are going to get a chance to relax and maybe sleep everything off, I like to jump in and put the spotlight on them, shake up the dust, and pull them back into the Tony G timeline.
I won Group A Heat 2 of the Premier League Live because I used my animal instincts. I am an animal when it comes to poker!!! That is really why Hellmuth didn't show!
Premier League Group A
After 3 heats (1 more to play)
Tony G - 26 pts
Sam Trickett - 25 pts
Mathew Frankland - 24 pts
Phil Laak - 23 pts
Erik Seidel - 21 pts
Andy Frankenberger - 17 pts
Eugene Katchalov - 9 pts
Luke Schwartz - 5 pts
Premier League Group B
After 3 heats (1 more to play)
Scott Seiver - 27 pts
Patrik Antonius - 26 pts
Yevgeniy Timoshenko - 25 pts
Jungleman - 22 pts
Tom Dwan - 20 pts
ElkY - 16 pts
Vanessa Selbst - 12 pts
Ben Wilinofsky - 2 pts
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I am captured on canvas playing a hand of poker against President Putin by Nadia. The background of the painting is explained on her website. But I don't understand why she is trying to get my mouth shut once and for all, do you?
So many words to say and so little time!
The Aussie Millions was a great time. It always is one of my favorite tournaments and The Crown knows how to take care of their players. But it's over for another year and I have other places to be. The WPT Vienna starts on April 10th at the Montesino Casino. I'll be there! I may even take the Australian Pandas with me to play Twister while I'm waiting to take everyone's money at the tables.
Isn't it amazing how much fun I have? I do have more fun than anyone else on the planet! Life can blow your mind out into the universe if you let all the steam build up from bad beats and the donkeys you send to the rail that don't know how to ride a bike.
Bike riding apparently isn't one of Melanie Weisner's strong points. I tempted her with a $10,000 unicycle challenge while we were at the Aussie Millions. She has a lot of heart and commitment but can she ride a unicycle? Find out!
The Pandas were at the $100,000 Scrabble challenge at the Aussie Millions too. Scrabble for $100K? I was looking for the Professor - I scoured the golf courses, I searched the poker tables, yachts, everywhere a professor would hide. He is hiding, right? No one can find him! But I finally found The Real Professor from Harvard.
The scrabble game had more...I set up bonus words that were worth 50 points - 'lion' and 'open' - ZASKO was a big part of the equation. The Real Professor won $100,000 and then he was going off to gamble on the Tennis games. The Pandas sat, pondering the whole scene. I took the microphone to get a statement from the Real Professor.
The Pandas were standing by as I was decked out in my incredibly mismatched outfit.
Am I a fashion statement?
I plan on throwing all the pirates overboard when I hit Venice. I have my eye on one in particular - the pretend pirate Max Pescatori. Get ready Max, the Pandas are coming, I'm coming to send you to feed the Piranhas!
The pretend pirate found out I'm going to make him walk the plank when we get to Venice for the World Poker Tour. He's fighting back, with words. I'm still laughing. No one can outword me! Not Phil Hellmuth, certainly not a pretend pirate. Rave on Max!
I'm teaching the Pandas to play at PartyPoker because that's where I play; look for me there and around the world in different places while I search for the Professor and taste the next adventure life has to offer.
P.S. I believe the Pandas can become world class players!
It is my duty to make sure I have fun with whatever I'm doing at the time. Even if it meant the Poker Brat Phil Hellmuth sent me on a long trip around the edge of the world on a bike with two flat tires, searching for a way to beat him. That's his fairy tale, not mine!But if it did happen, I would still have fun along the way.
I'm at the final table of the 2012 Aussie Millions $100,000 buy-in and we're kicking off play before too long. Follow the action at PokerNews:
In my last post I was begging for accepting votes from everyone to help me win the Lithuanian Business Lighthouse Award - thank you everyone! I did win it out of 44 people that were nominated for the position, it was me! me! me! that took it down. I have all my loyal fans and readers to thank for it! And myself of course because I had to do something great to be nominated.
While we wait for the $100K Challenge to start the dance with me and the following poker tough guys, Gus Hansen-567,000, Nam Le-79,500, Sam Trickett-73,000, Mikhail Smirnov-265,000, Joe Hachem-538,500, Sorel Mizzi-228,500, and Dan Smith-346,500 take a look at the opinion of those in 'the know' when it comes to me and Hellmuth facing off heads-up:
And here's another one, you must have read about the Dan 'Jungleman' Cates $100K Challenge he made at the WPT in Prague, right? Here we are, in front of the camera for your viewing pleasure - and we're talking about the WPT Challenge.
Stay tuned to the Aussie Millions $100K Challenge Live Reporting and see what I can do to those without heart and commitment! They have a bike reserved just for them.
Notice anything? I didn't give you my starting chip count along with all the other poker tough guys. Here it is: 102,000. Just enough to knock the tough out of the game!
It's been awhile. It's always a crazy busy time for me with work and poker and life and laughter and fun - with very little time left over to just stop and relax. If I do take a break, who will take over the role of tormenting The Poker Brat? It's my job! Everything else I do is just for fun.
Life in Melbourne is good, great food, great poker and tennis every day. I've been playing poker with Patrik Antonius so if I mention looking for him for a match, it's all about poker baby. If we met for a tennis match, the only way I'd win is if he took a fall. Maybe we could set up a match where he played with a bucket over his head. I've been playing a little 200-400 PLO at The Crown trying to win enough to pay for Patrik's liters of Fiji water.
Here's a clip from Our Mixed Game Championship show that came out on the 10th on Sky Sports in the UK. And when you're done watching it, I need your vote so keep reading.
I am one of the 44 Lithuanian business people that is up for The Lithuanian Business Lighthouse Award (the page is best viewed in Google Chrome). Lithuania's most successful entrepreneurs are just waiting for a vote from you to select me.
Please do take a minute and vote for me! Tell all your friends to vote for me!
No, I can't pay you. Consider all the entertainment I've put across in the media in YouTube and PokerNews videos payment enough. Just vote!