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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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WSOP Day 1 – Waiting to Play

June 02, 2010

Lynn Gilmartin chats with Tony on the first day of the WSOP. Tony’s pumped up and on the list, ready to jump into the 50k sharkfest. There’s a new rule - if you show up late, you have to wait for the start of the next round. That’s what has happened to Tony, he has to wait for the full round of games before he can play the tournament. Tony says he doesn’t mind, as long as he knows the rules, he knows what to do.

Lynn is trying to verify the rumor that the $50k Poker Players Championship entrants got a $100 food voucher – the normal one is $10 – but Tony can’t find his, even though he searches for it.

Tony says he’s going to try to win something at the WSOP and he will just keep plugging away and have fun playing, have fun in Vegas, and get healthy and fit. He’s working out a lot. He’s happy with the way things are going and enjoying what he does…”That’s what it’s all about.

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World Team Poker Opinion

May 22, 2010

I’ll be staying in Las Vegas now until the WSOP starts and focusing on the 50K event. After that I’ll decide if I’m staying longer in Vegas or taking a trip to parts unknown for awhile. Even if I leave during the Series, I have plans to play some of the events.

I just played the World Team Poker (WTP) event at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. The whole concept is fantastic and this could be THE poker innovation of the decade. With China winning it, it could help poker in Asia and we do need a second boom in the market of online poker. It is amazing to see all of the major online poker sites represented at this event, and the teams playing and working together; that alone is a huge move for poker.

The WTP was put together by small people with big ideas (not the usual corporate conglomerate) and I guess that sums up what America is all about and what I am about, big ideas with regular people behind them. Good on them for pulling this off and they have signed so many of the top players in the world that they have a real asset. I hope this turns out to be the biggest thing in poker.

The team time-outs will be a huge part of the show and the audience gets to tune in and watch when the team captain comes over – sometimes steamed up. One case example is when Brazil had K-K in Omaha and was looking at a 3rd reraise. It was clear he was beat and he had K-K-10-2 vs. the A-A for Vietnam and called for time-out. The team captain came over and said fold but the player called anyway. LOL Obviously the 10-2 came into play and Brazil bad beat A-A in Omaha but the drama of that moment is a huge part of what makes the team play a big hit.

Other moments with Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, the DevilFish, and commentary with Robert Williamson III as the announcer make the show a hit.

The teams will only get stronger. My team, Team Australia, lost the very first four players and had one left. We clawed our way back up to fight again. I played in the end in PLO to get us through but David Saab, with his huge aggression, gave us a big boost, and then Jeff Lisandro played in LH. We used our best suited players for each game. We all love it despite the show and the organization not being the best, but it was their inaugural event and the first one takes a little time to figure out. We all expected to support people with big ideas and let’s hope they become big people with the WTP. Good luck to Robert Turner; he has been around the poker traps for years and for him to pull this off is great for everyone and gives us hope.

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Still in the Desert

May 16, 2010 1 comments

I’m in Tucson Arizona, that’s southeast of Phoenix and just about 60 miles north of the US/Mexico Border. I’m here to continue working on my quest for great health and a good life. I may have to quickly jet in and play the World Team Poker event at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the 18th, before flying in to play the 50K event at the WSOP on the 28th.

The World Team Poker Event is a one day contest with 40 of the world’s top poker pros and five man teams that represent eight different countries. The countries have captains and co-captains:

Phil Hellmuth Jr, USA
Johnny Chan and David Chiu, China – co-captains
Men “The Master” Nguyen, Vietnam
Eli Elezra, Israel
Ben Roberts, England
Jeff Lisandro and Tony Gouga (The G), Australia – co-captains
Juliana Maesano, Brazil
George Kapalas, Greece

The team buy-in is $50K and we will be playing LH, PLO, and NLH. It’s going to be very entertaining and the event will be televised.

I’m not sure how many events I will play at the WSOP but I will put my biggest effort into the starting event, the $50K, early on.

As to my latest poker playing adventures and fun, I can’t talk about the Doubles Championship I just completed in Las Vegas but you’ll soon see it on TV. Get ready for a show

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Back to my old ways

May 09, 2010 1 comments

I have played a mega session of cash games with Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, and Phil Laak. The show will be televised on Fox Sports in the USA starting in June. I am going back in today and I am not allowed to talk about the results but I am back to my brutal best and my old ways.

Kudos to PokerStars for coming up with this amazing concept of a Loose Cannon. The player gets a $100K freeroll but only gets to keep what he wins. The home viewer has someone to relate to as they watch the Cannon fire up his game. And let’s get back to Phil Hellmuth – he suffered badly again, not to mention being outclassed, and against all odds he was humiliated yet again.

Pssst! Hellmuth, you need to get that mind coach on standby full time now or it could be the trike for you forever my friend!

I am loving it in Las Vegas and I am still in the Full Tilt show, still alive, and playing great poker in the Doubles Championship event (the picture is my teammate and I on Friday night). Today I play with David Benyamine again. I can’t talk about the results but I am giving everyone a hard, hard time. Bring me the big name pros and I will crush them one by one.

I have the heart and commitment to the play the game Baby!

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