Mar 04, 2014
Tony G kicks off Short Farewell Tour before Political Elections
By RTR Dennis
Months ago, Antanas Guoga (a.k.a. Tony G) announced that he is going to be running for a Lithuanian European Parliament seat. And with elections taking place on May 24th, the Liberal Party candidate may soon be embarking on a serious political career.
With just three months left until the elections happen, Tony G has announced a "farewell tour." The first stop on the tour was the £500,000 Main Event at the Sky Poker UK Poker Championships. Featuring a number of prominent British pros such as Sam Trickett, Barny Boatman and JP Kelly, this was an excellent event for Tony to kick off his tour.
As for where else he'll play in the last few months before the Parliament elections, Gouga has yet to make any announcements. He's mainly played at European tournament stops over the past three years so we can assume that he'll probably stay on one continent during the farewell tour.
Tony has gained a great deal of fame for his wild antics at the poker table. Some of his memorable TV rants include taunting Surinder Sunar before they played heads-up in the 2004 WPT Grand Prix de Paris, ridiculing Ralph Perry during the 2006 Intercontinental Poker Championship, and angering Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliot on the PartyPoker Premier League. Given his penchant for humiliating opponents in order to gain the upper hand, Tony G should do quite well in the political world.
This is especially the case if his poker success translates well into the Parliament elections. Gouga has made $4,862,342 in live tournaments, which includes some stellar finishes. His most noteworthy achievements include finishing second in the 2004 WPT Paris Grand de Prix ($414,478), first in the 2005 European Poker Championships ($456,822), second in the 2006 Intercontinental PC ($150,000), first in the 2006 Betfair Asian Poker Tour ($451,700), third in a 2007 WSOP Europe PLO event ($190,056), first in the 2007 Moscow Millions ($205,000), third in the 2009 EPT Grand Final High Roller ($552,239) and fourth in the 2012 Aussie Millions $100k High Roller ($249,133).