Few are as influential in the poker industry as the man they call the “G” and in one of the biggest announcements for the poker industry so far this year, it has been announced that Tony G has joined Party Poker as the latest addition to “Team Party”. In addition, his assets associated with TonyGPoker.com have been sold as part of the deal. Tony will make his debut in Party colours at the Aussie Millions.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest poker personalities in the game, Tony won the WPT Bad Boys of Poker II in 2006 and famously finished runner-up in the 2006 PartyPoker Intercontinental Poker Championship in Las Vegas. Tony has cashed 15 times at the World Series of Poker and historically won the inaugural Asian Poker Tour event in Singapore in 2006, giving half of his prize money to charity. Known for his extraordinarily big heart and philanthropy, Tony also generously donated the $205,000 he won at a big tournament in Moscow in November 2007 to local orphanages. Tony has accumulated over $4,000,000 in live tournament winnings.
“I cannot wait to start playing for Team Party on the circuit,” said Tony. “I’ve always loved Party and what better way to kick off than at the Aussie Millions. I am also really excited about the Premier League in February - it is the best event in poker in my eyes. After finishing runner-up and third in the last two years the title has to be mine! I just hope my rivals have the heart and commitment to the game to stop me!” Tony joins a line-up that also includes Phil Hellmuth, JC Tran, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Luke ‘FullFlush’ Schwartz and Roland De Wolfe.
Tony will be joined at the Crown Casino in Melbourne for the Aussie Millions by fellow Team Party players Bodo Sbrzesny and Stewart Scott as well as 43 online qualifiers who won packages online at PartyPoker.com. “If one of the Party qualifiers knocks me out of the Main Event I will buy them a bike. First of all though I will ride it out myself – I know when it is bike time!”
Tony's landmark personal player deal incorporates live tournament buy-ins to events around the world. He will also be playing online under the screen name ‘TonyG’ and has already sparked plenty of debate with his presence at the cash game tables. Tony G joins Team Party alongside Mike Sexton, Kara Scott, Ian Frazer, Bodo Sbrzesny, Remy Biechel, Stewart Scott and Felipe ‘Mojave’ Ramos.
The acquisition of the assets of TonyGPoker.com sees all TonyGPoker.com players migrate to www.noblepoker.com. As part of the deal, Tony will continue to run the Sunday Bike Ride, a popular bounty promotion, at NoblePoker.com, which is owned by PartyGaming.
“It’s business as usual for TonyGPoker.com. The exciting acquisition of its assets by the PartyGaming will create a larger more flexible and productive playing environment,” said Tony.
A PartyGaming spokesman said, “We’re delighted to welcome Tony to Team Party. Tony is undoubtedly one of poker’s biggest characters in the game – a personal deal for him made huge sense. We are also happy to have acquired the assets of TonyGPoker.com and look forward to welcoming his players on board.”
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