Sat, Sep 28, 12:22pm by Kevin Pitstock
Tony G is the first player to be confirmed as a participant in this year’s PartyPoker Premier League, which will be held from November 20 to 26 at Montreal’s Playground Poker Club. The competition has a buy-in of $125,000.
The yearly event is a showcase for marquee players such as Tony G. He’s the only poker professional who has played in every single competition. When asked to comment on his decision to play, Tony G was not shy when he said, “People say I am not qualified to play this event. Actually, I am the most qualified.”
Whether anyone has concerns about Tony G’s worthiness is debatable, but the colourful Lithuanian-Australian poker player knows how to hype an event. When this blog last saw Antanas Guogo (Tony G’s birth name), he was about to take part in the Oxford Cup against the best gamblers in the British postsecondary school system.
It is thought the Premier League’s game structure will be improved this year. The competition certainly has been redesigned. In 2013, the event will pit each of the twelve players in exactly four league matches. These will be divided into six 8-handed poker heats, so the professional card players can test themselves against a variety of opponents.
Like always, each point earned will be worth $2,000. The top four finishers in points receive automatic bids to the final table. The remaining two competitors at the final table will be determined by two heads-up matches involving 5th place through 8th place in the preliminary phase of play.
First prize is going to be worth USA $350,000. Jesse May will be the lead broadcaster, while Kara Scott will anchor the coverage. The World Poker Tour’s Montreal event will begin just days after the Premier League finishes.
Tony G is among the most famous and successful of all of Australia’s poker professionals. Antonas Guogo was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1973, back when the country was an unwilling part of the Soviet Union. As an 11 year old child in Lithuania, Tony G became the national Rubik’s Cube champion.
In the early days of the Poker Boom, Tony G became a fan favourite, as he was known for his verbal jousting and ability to intimidate opponents into playing hands they shouldn’t. The native of Melbourne, Australia finished in the money at 2 World Series of Poker events in 2004.
Television and YouTube has helped Tony G make his reputation. YouTube videos of his verbose style of play continues to draw attention, while he is known to spar with fans and detractors online through social networking and blogging.
Besides his tournament play, Tony G is known to own several high profile poker news websites. He is also a known philanthropist. He once sponsored the Lithuanian National Basketball Team at an international competition, when it was learned they would not be able to compete otherwise (they finished 3rd). He also established the Lithuanian Poker Federation.
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