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The Super High Roller at Monte Carlo

April 25, 2012 1 comments

Tags: PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final Super High Roller, Justin Bonomo, K-K, Patrik Antonius, Monte Carlo.

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...

PLO in Vienna

April 18, 2012 1 comments

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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Playing Update - The Premier League and the Big Game

April 11, 2012

Tags: The PartyPoker Big Game, PartyPoker Premier League, Patrik Antonius, Mike Sexton, Jesse May, Pandas.

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! Thumbs Up

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.

Update on PartyPoker Premier League V

April 08, 2012

Tags: Phil Hellmuth, PartyPoker Premier League, Jesus, Animal instincts, Howard Lederer.

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

Follow all the live updates at the PartyPoker Blog.

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!