Mon, Jun 3, 6:06am by Kevin Pitstock
Tony G, the Lithuanian-Australian poker player known for his table chatter, is heading to Oxford University to give poker lessons. Tony’s appearance on June 4th allows him to give UK college students his thoughts on the state of poker, as well as play in an Oxford Cup Warm-Up event. In the event, Tony G will have a bounty on his head, so the person who eliminates him from the tournament wins extra money.
While announcing his appearance, Tony G stated, “I’m looking forward to meeting the members of the Oxford University Poker Federation. It is time to find out if they are qualified and have true heart and commitment.”
The appearance is part of Oxford Cup IX, an annual event organized by the Oxford University Poker Federation. Previous years have featured card playing luminaries like Gus Hansen, Phil Hellmuth, Greg Raymer, Simon Trumper, Anthony Holden, and Dave “El Blondie” Colclough.
Though Tony G won’t be able to attend the Oxford Cup IX tournament when it begins on June 9, his appearance has energized the UK players who will be attending. Joe Barnard, CEO for the International Federation of Poker, says the announcement of Tony G’s appearance has caused an unprecedented amount of excitement among the poker community on the campus.
Mr Barnard said, “The buzz around Oxford is immense! We cannot wait to meet Tony in person and he’s already started the banter online. We are ecstatic about Tony G gracing us with his presence and thankful to him for supporting UK student poker. We will of course still do our best to take him down!”
Speaking of the poker players at Oxford University in the UK, Tony G said online, “They have a lot of potential and I am sure they will appreciate my guiding hand. It’s a big, bad world out there–I don’t want them to get crushed!”
Tony G was born Antanas Guoga on December 17, 1973 in Kaunas, Lithuania. At an early age, he was the Lithuanian Rubik’s Cube champion. At age 11, Tony moved with his family to Melbourne, Australia. When Tony turned 18, he began playing poker professionally.
Throughout his 20 year professional career, the Aussie poker phenomenon has won over $4,000,000 in live tournament earnings. During that time, he’s gained a reputation for table banter, earning the nickname “The Mount from Down Under”. His live game persona has become legendary. Guoga is known for intimidating opponents, and he’s even been known to talk players into playing hands when they shouldn’t.
Several of his most famous (or infamous) moments received went viral online, so Tony G has become a fan favourite around the world. He is a boon for any televised poker event. Besides his poker winnings, Antanas Guoga operates a number of poker information sites, which help new gamblers learn the skills they need.
The Mouth from Down Under often asserts to his opponents he has a “Big Heart”. In recent years, he’s proven to have just that. In November 2007, Guoga won $205,000 in a Moscow poker tournament and left the money with tournament officials for Russian orphanages. He won a Shining World Leadership Award from the city of Melbourne in 2011.
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