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PKR Heads-up Grand Slam

October 09, 2009

I just played my PKR Heads-Up heat Round 1 with Jennifer Tilly. Things went very well. I did not lose a pot at show down during the entire heat and it was all over in 45 minutes. Tomorrow I play Sandra Naujoks in Round 2 and I’m looking forward to it. As soon as I am done with the PKR Heads-up Event, I am off to Marrakech Africa to play the WPT Event.

I’ve heard the Marrakech games are really great cash games and high limit. I haven’t decided yet how high I would play but it’s pot limit. I’m looking forward to being there and checking the games out but first things first, I want to win the PKR Heads-up.

Check ChipMeUp for an opportunity to cash when I do. All my shares for the Heads-up Event are sold but I am always putting up shares so stop by and take a piece of me. Also stop by the Sunday Bike Ride at TonyG Poker and try to take a piece of me there, knock me out and it’s worth a bounty. The bounty is $250 and the tournament is a freeroll, you can’t lose in that deal.

I’ll try to be back with a winning report shortly.

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Tony G Celebrity Bounty Event

October 02, 2009

Lynn Gilmartin talks with Tony. Tony says he’s feeling good. He caught the last bus to the crown and he’s happy to be there and it’s exciting. He says having an event named after him is OK, he’s just been lucky in much bigger tournaments and that a tournament could be named after anyone but he got lucky. He used to be on the street running around but now a tournament is named after him and it could be named after anyone. He says he’s happy he can participate and have a bit of fun with things he does.

He is asked about when he’s a bounty and how it feels. He talks about the bounty every Sunday on Tony G Poker where people just push in in the bounty tournament. Here, he says he just wants to have fun with people, have a few drinks, and enjoy!

Tony says he just came from London and he decided not to play the WSOPE main event and he sacrificed to play the PokerNews Cup and the Tony G Bounty. He said Crown called him and said they wouldn’t like him anymore if he didn’t come and play the bounty event. It is his event but he’s missed his own event before and he doesn’t have to be anywhere in the world but he wanted to be here. He says he never seems to do well any time he comes to Melbourne, he has family to see and spends time with them.

He loves Melbourne, it’s the best city in the world.

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In Australia

September 30, 2009

I know most people would wonder how, because just being at the WSOPE is a big event, but I wasn’t enjoying being there and I decided to pull the plug and go to Australia. Although Australia is not home anymore, I still have a lot of family there and I was missing them very much. I’m in Australia to visit and play a little poker for the next two weeks.

The PokerNews Cup is on also and I will play in it. It’s a lot more fun and much easier to play than the WSOPE main event. Look for me on ChipMeUp where I have listed my event so everyone can have a piece of my action. I will focus on putting in a good effort for the main event.

I’m happy to be back and enjoying my time here. Look for me in the Sunday Bike Ride this Sunday on TonyG Poker at 8PM UK Time. Play hard and try to take me out, there’s a bonus if you do.

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High Stakes - Big Pots

September 20, 2009

You don’t see me playing too many high stakes cash games but I have played some big ones over the years and I’m hoping to give it a real crack if I can find the time. I am getting ready to take on the biggest and baddest of them all soon to see how I match up. I’ve been stuck in the business side of life but I am getting close to having enough time to play much more poker and much more very high stakes poker games.

Make sure you meet me today, and every Sunday, and take me on at the TonyG Poker Bike Ride.

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Biked at Unibet Open Prague

September 19, 2009

I am out of the UniBet Open. I picked up K-K in the big blind in the first five minutes. There was a raise and reraise before me and I just called. Two of us saw the flop, me and the button reraiser. The flop was 5-6-4. I check raised on the flop and there was no escape. My opponent held A-A. Short and sweet, there was no help for me and it was bike time.

I am back in Lithuania now and getting ready to go to London and play the WSOP Europe. Here is an interview I did at the UNIBET open Prague:

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Unibet Open and Poker Schedule

September 17, 2009

I am in Prague to play the Unibet Open. I have a very busy schedule ahead of me with the WSOPE and then the EPT London. I have listed all of the events I am going to play on ChipMeUp so you can buy a share of me in all the events. I’ll be playing with my and your interests at heart so be sure to follow my progress and I’ll do my best to make all of us some money in these events.

Every Sunday at 8PM UK time will find me playing the Sunday Bike Ride on TonyG Poker. It’s growing every week and I’m having fun while playing this freeroll and I’m very excited about the fact that it’s getting bigger all the time.

I went down to Copenhagen for the EIGA. There are a lot of things happening in online poker. I heard that Betfair will drop their own software and will use Ongame instead. It’s a pretty big blow for iPoker not to get this deal and a huge win for Ongame. This could see many skins wanting to leave iPoker and go to Ongame. Time will tell but there are going to be many big deals in the online gaming industry and who knows what PokerStars and Full Tilt will do? I have a feeling that one of them could leave the USA market if the UIGEA goes into full effect come December.

Anyway, have fun at the tables and play well.

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What a final table!

August 31, 2009

This was the best final table in the history of televised poker. LOL. You probably think I would say that since I was there but Patrik Antonius, Annette Obrestad, and Gus Hansen joined me for the finale and this is the first ever TV poker series that has lasted over 10 years.

My game was below par value and I never got going. I hate myself when I can’t start to climb up but today was just one of those days. Patrik bluffed me in a critical pot and it was hard to recover after that. He fired three bullets and kudos to him, he is a great champion. Gus was pretty much his normal self. He lost 80% of his chips early and then won every pot he played. Annette was Annette with great play and focus. What a player! She is just 21 and has an amazing future. She is the best female player in the world by a very long margin, at least based on her results so far in her young life.

My last hand was A-6 vs. Gus’s A-Q. He raised and I pushed from the small blind with 6 big blinds left. Before the flop he said, “Oh well, you got the 6.” The 6 did not come. It was bike time with no 6 popping out and I wasn’t happy to go as I wanted to play a little longer. But you can’t stop the bike, when it’s time to go you have to jump on and ride.

Bye Bye Wales! I am happy to be back in London and focus on the future. Play with me on TonyG Poker this Sunday at 8PM UK time; it’s time for the famous Sunday Bike Ride, held every week, and it’s on with a bounty. It’s a freeroll as long as you have played a few hands on TonyG.

I’m off to Prague to play the Unibet Tour Event and really look forward to it. It’s small and fun so let’s hope for a win there. See you at the Bike Ride!

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Late Night Poker

August 31, 2009

I am in Wales. I just played my heat of Full Tilt Poker’s Late Night Poker. I had a great heat and I took charge from the start. They let me take control and I did by winning the event heads-up. It got a little nasty as I got behind on chips after making one of my many bad plays but the good thing is I make slightly more good plays than bad plays and that way I make a profit playing poker.

I had a few days in Wales and I took a look at the place by going deep into the countryside where people speak Welsh. It’s a beautiful country and very well worth visiting. I like to take time out now days and have a good look around at the places I go to play poker so that I don’t see the whole world as only playing poker. Poker is a hobby to me. It’s a social thing that I enjoy and do well at but I’m really not a big time pro player. I like to call myself the ‘business man’s friend,’ somebody that wealthy people are happy to play with and enjoy their time with at the poker table. The good thing with me is that I can play big stakes and have fun. The game must be a fun game and the people have to be right. I don’t want to play poker to grind, I want to play lots of hands and see lots of rivers, and most important, make lots of bluffs—I even like getting called.

Anyway, Late Night Poker is the first ever TV show about poker. Many say it’s the show that started it all and now Full Tilt Poker has picked up the rights to it so I hope it gets big again. It all started years ago, I think 2001 or so, and I hope it gets even better when I win the title. I am in the final and have beat 7 other people.

I did the commentary which I did not enjoy very much at all. It’s very hard after you play and have to watch a heat. Luke Schwartz, who won the heat, was impressive and he has a lot of talent. He outclassed Andrew Feldman heads-up but it was heated stuff so I really did enjoy the final heads-up challenge.
I am ready to win this on Friday.

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On my way to London

August 16, 2009 2 comments

I am in Riga, Latvia, at the airport getting ready to fly to London. Macauu and the APT are not in my plans this year since the trip is very long and I have way too many things on my business schedule over the next few weeks so I won’t have time to settle in and play live poker.

I have been thinking about playing Durrr in his challenge. I asked him to give me 20% back on any amount I lose but so far he hasn’t agreed. It is only fair for me to get some kind of deal with him since he is giving Patrik Antonious a special deal. There is no reason for me to play him on par value although I still may play him without any refund since I think it would be fun. I know that to risk 500k on playing a player like him takes the fun money out of the picture and money is hard enough to come by. Once you have it, when you decide who you’re going to play for what stakes, it’s important not to risk it when there is no value. I think the key for any poker player is to pick your spots and even though I always talk about having fun when I play, I really hope I don’t end up playing anyway just for the fun of it.

The only place I will be playing in the next few weeks is at TonyG Poker and you will find me in a seat at the Sunday Bike Ride Event every Sunday 8pm UK time, otherwise I’ll be working on a lot of business projects. Come and play with me at the Bike Ride.

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Getting in Shape in LT and Playing the Sunday Bike Ride

August 08, 2009

I am spending the summer in Lithuania. The weather is absolutely fantastic and everything is green. Everything feels fresh and new and I’m very happy to be here in my home country. The people here are more positive again as it feels as if the crisis has passed. I am playing lots of basketball and really working on improving myself as much as I can. Physical improvement always lead to great mental improvement and I keep working on both, and of course I need to be in great shape for bike rides.

I am very proud of my team. They have launched the new version of TonyG Poker and the site is better than ever. You can play with me every Sunday at 20:00GMT+1 - that’s 8pm UK Time. Please look for me in the Sunday Bike Ride $1K Freeroll. It’s great value to you to nail me as you will pick up the $250 bounty. If you aren’t playing at my table, be sure to say HI! And good luck at the tables.

I’ll be back soon.

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