The infamous Antanas Guoga, better-known to the masses simply as Tony G, adopted Australia as his home land when he moved here aged just 11-years old. He is a successful businessman along and a talented poker player who trails only the former World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe Hachem in the Australian All-time money listings.
Yesterday Tony G was in action in Vienna for the first of four group matches in the PartyPoker Premier League V where he was in a very tough group that included Erik Seidel, Team PokerStars Pro Eugene Katchalov, Andy Frankenberger, British sensation Sam Trickett, Phil "Unabomber" Laak, Luke "FullFlush" Schwartz and talented online qualifier Mathew Frankland. Each of the four rounds awards between two and 16 points with the top three points earners progressing to the final with the added incentive of each point also being worth $2,000.
The structure was quite fast for a $125,000 buy-in event but it is made for television (to be shown on Sky Sports in the UK then around the world) so that is to be expected to some degree, so at the midway point Tony G was left with around 15 big blinds. These went into the middle when the aforementioned Frankland open-shoved with what turned out to be and Tony G called off his stack with . The flop propelled Frankland into the lead and the turn kept the young Brit in front and the river confirmed our man's exit. As he left the table Tony G said, "Easy…that’s the way to do it…king-jack…great."
It was Phil Laak who went on to claim maximum points and $32,000 in cash for his efforts. The second of the four group games takes place later today and Tony G will be hoping to improve on his fifth place finish this time around.
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