I know you've all been waiting impatiently for my announcement of the 'big' news I said was coming -- here it is!
The bike is out of commission right now, packed up for safekeeping from all bikenappers, and waiting for my next adventure into poker which will be the partypoker Premier League in Montreal in November. That poker adventure will be my last for the time being, I won't be playing because...
I'm going to EU Parliament in Brussels to change Lithuania. I made second in the list as a candidate for the Liberal Party and I can't tell you how excited and happy I am about it.
Making the list leaves me well positioned for next year. The Liberal Party has set a goal during the European parliamentary election to fight hard for two seats. Currently, the Liberal Movement in the European Parliament has one representative so that means the road ahead is filled with a lot of hard work for me. But I am qualified and up to the task. My goals are set.
I believe that Lithuanian politics needs new people and new blood and I want to be in a position to change policy and I qualify as 'new blood' -- I have been fortunate enough to be reasonably successful in my life and I have new ideas and hope to inspire others to come into politics too. I think I can bring a lot to the table with my experience in life and business.
Even though I'm out of the game of poker for the coming months -- other than the partypoker Premier League -- I would stake Phil Hellmuth and Michael Phelps.
One thing you can count on in my new political world -- there will be no online poker played on a phone or laptop during debates on my watch!
Image courtesy of T. Bauro and http://www.lrytas.lt.
I'm on my way to the PartyPoker Premier League VI in London after I leave Austria. I'm in the mountains now, working at getting fit to go wage a full attack on the 'Elite Group' at the Premier League VI. So far the line-up looks extremely juicy: Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari, Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak, Dan "Jungleman" Cates, Scott Seiver, Marvin Rettenmaier, Dan Shak, and Luke Schwartz. Come on little fishies, swim, swim, swim.
I've been to Minsk and played the German High Roller cash game in Rozvadov since my last post. Even though I lost the biggest pot ever, I still clipped their fins and beat the German High Roller cash game by simply playing great. If Phil Hellmuth can brag about his poker skills, so can I and that's how the German High Roller came down - The G came, The G played, and The G conquered.
The game in Minsk smiled on me and I left with just under a 500K USD win. I am going to organize a massive tournament and cash game series in Minsk in August. The tournament series will be open to everyone. Please bring lots of cash and I'll supply the fish food. It's going to be held in Casino XO. Belarus is an amazing place and the perfect place to have a tournament series. It's clean and safe and the very best poker action in the whole world pulls it all together in one big explosion of chips and cards.
I am hoping to partner up with 888poker to launch the poker tournament series in Minsk. Yes, that means I am looking for an online partner - but no matter how it comes down, this tournament will run.
I'll be in the Premier League on March 16th but you might find me playing on newly re-launched PoolStars while I'm getting ready for London. Get ready for the tournament and cash games in August in Minsk, I'll keep you posted.
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!
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!