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Tony G at the 2008 World Series of Poker
|Nickname(s)||The Mouth from Down Under
The Australian Airbag
|Born||December 17, 1973|
|World Series of Poker|
|World Poker Tour|
Antanas Guoga (born December 17, 1973 in Kaunas, Lithuania), more commonly known as Tony G, is a Lithuanian-Australian businessman, professional poker player, philanthropist and member of the European Parliament.
Guoga spent his childhood in Kaunas and in Alytus district (Kalesninkai) in Lithuania. When he was 11 years old, he went to Australia. Guoga lived in Melbourne where he graduated from school, and had various jobs: repairing sewing machines, washing cars.
Later, Guoga started working as an assistant of the Australian Mortgage Brokers chief Bill Buchanan. Guoga has good logical thinking and aptitude to mathematics, therefore, he studied accounting and finance in the college.
In 1993 he was employed by the investment bank in Hong Kong managed by CitiBank. His responsibilities included attracting new customers and their investment portfolio management.
Later, Guoga successfully invested in a news portal, and in Rate Detective life insurance company in Australia. In addition, he developed the trading business in London.
In Lithuania he invested in real estate and internet projects, TonyBet international betting company, TonyResort recreation and amusement park in Anupriškės, and TonySports, TonyStreets online sports and leisure shops. Guoga also owns insurance business in Australia. Today, more than 500 jobs have been created in the companies where he invested, more than 300 of them are in Lithuania.
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Guoga is a member of the European Liberal and Democrats (ALDE) group in the European Parliament. He works on a range of digital policies in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO). Guoga is actively involved in a number of Digital Single Market topics. Being an entrepreneur himself, Guoga works for better conditions for European businesses, especially, in tech sector, smarter regulations, less red tape, innovation and entrepreneurship encouraging policies.
In 2015 Guoga was included in the POLITICO 28 list. Influential European affairs weekly newspaper chose one person who from each of the European Union's 28 member-states who is shaping, shaking and stirring Europe.
Guoga has been elected as the vice-chairman of the EU and Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia delegations, appointed as a member of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, a substitute member of the delegation for relations with Switzerland and Norway in the EU-Iceland Joint Parliamentary Committee and in the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee. He is also a substitute member in the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL).
Guoga is Coder Dojo and entrepreneurship education ambassador in Lithuania. In 2016 he plans to launch Coder Dojo movement in Lithuania and to organise more than 30 programming clubs for 7–17 years old youth in the whole country.
In 2015 he organised the biggest ICT and entrepreneurship event in the Baltics #SWITCH! which attracted 6000 participants including 120 speakers from 16 countries. Amongst them the Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and tech leaders like Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Allegro. In total, more than 21 European and international companies took part at the two-days event featuring dedicated parts for youth, professionals, young entrepreneurs and a technology zone. www.switchit.lt
Guoga was nominated as a candidate for the European parliamentary elections in the summer rally of the Lithuanian Liberal Movement on the last weekend of June 2013.
Guoga was second in the list of the Lithuanian Liberal Movement in the elections to the European Parliament 2014, and was elected as the MEP with 97,907 votes ending on top of the list.
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As a child, he was the Rubik's Cube champion of Lithuania before moving to Melbourne, Australia at the age of 11. He has played poker since the age of 18, and is known for his outlandish table talk and frequent intimidation of his opponents. He had a fifth-place finish in the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris 2003. He finished in the money twice at the 2004 World Series of Poker in Seven-card stud and Pot Limit Texas hold 'em tournaments and three months later earned his then biggest tournament money finish in the WPT Grand Prix de Paris 2004, where his second-place finish to England's Surinder Sunar earned him $414,478. He finished on the bubble later in the same month at the WPT 2004 Mirage Poker Showdown. On August 7, 2005, he won the £5,000 No Limit Hold-Em Main Event of the European Poker Championships, earning £260,000 ($456,822). Later in 2005, he made the final table of the World Speed Poker Open.
In 2006, he won the WPT Bad Boys of Poker II event when his Mike Matusow's on a board of . He wore a kimono throughout the event to promote poker in Japan. Also in 2006, he finished second to Yosh Nakano while representing Australia in the inaugural Intercontinental Poker Championship, taking down $150,000. True to his reputation, Tony G launched many verbal assaults against his opponents, most notably when he eliminated Russian Ralph Perry in fourth place. Tony G started to provoke Perry when he was deciding how to play his hand before the flop. When Perry called Tony G's all-in with a worse hand, Tony G proceeded to ridicule and lecture him. Tony's comments were so scathing that it prompted commentator Gabe Kaplan to quip "I think Tony G is speaking more like a Lithuanian than an Australian" and "Tony G could singlehandedly reignite the Cold War". Guoga was more respectful of some players, such as Doyle Brunson when he called Doyle his idol after eliminating him.outdrew
In November 2006, he won the Asian Poker Tour event held in Singapore, walking away with $451,700, half of which he indicated he will give to Asian and Australian charities to be nominated by Betfair. In February 2007, he appeared on the NBC television program Poker After Dark, coming in third place behind winner Phil Ivey. In November of the same year, he won a tournament in Moscow, earning $205,000. Often suggesting to his opponents that he has a "Big Heart", in his blog he stays true to this assertion. Tony claims that he left all of his prize money with the officials to give to Russian orphanages, having been inspired to do so by Barry Greenstein's habit of donating all his poker tournament winnings to charity. In January 2008, Tony received the Shining World Leadership Award in Melbourne Australia. As of 2011, his total live tournament winnings exceed $4,000,000. His 14 cashes at the WSOP account for $429,897 of those winnings. Guoga is also the principal owner of a network of high traffic poker information sites, including Pokernews.com, Pokeraffiliateworld.com and Pokerworks.com.
In 2014, Guoga confirmed that he won't come back to professional poker.
Guoga is currently a major sponsor of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation. When the country's national team failed to directly qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey and had to apply for a wild-card entry, he paid a large share of the application fee of €500,000. The team was chosen for the tournament, and won the bronze medal with TONYBET printed on their jerseys. He was the national basketball team's manager from 2010 until 2012 and served as the vice-president of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation. He was also the main sponsor of BC Prienai, a professional basketball club.
- 2004 WPT – Grand Prix de Paris – 2nd place
- 2005 European Poker Championships – 1st place
- 2006 Intercontinental Poker Championship – Grand Final – 2nd place
- 2006 Betfair Asian Poker Tour – 1st place
- 2007 World Series Of Poker – Europe, London – 3rd place
- 2007 Moscow Millions, Main Event – 1st place
- 2008 Shining World Leadership Award
- 2008 PartyPoker Premier League Poker III – 2nd place
- 2009 40th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2009, Anniversary Event – 10th place
- 2009 EPT – Grand Final (Monte Carlo), High Roller Championship – 3rd place
- 2010 Aussie Millions Poker Championship, A$100k Challenge – 5th place
- 2010 The Poker Lounge, Episode 10-1 place
- 2010 WPT London High Roller – 2nd place
- 2011 delfi.lt readers recognized him as the Lithuanian of the World
- 2011 Verslo švyturys Award
- 2012 Aussie Millions Poker Championship, A$100k Challenge – 4th place
- 2012 PartyPoker Premier League Poker V – 5th place
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