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partypoker celebrates Tony G’s birthday

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This Sunday, poker pro and politician Tony G, whose real name is Antanas Guoga, turns the ripe old age of 45. In honor of the achievement, partypoker plans to hold a poker tournament in his name at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, the Czech Republic. The tournament will be a €1,100-buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha event with a guarantee of €200,000 ($227,471). For anyone who has ever Partypoker celebrates Tony G's birthdaywanted to take a shot at the top-ranked Lithuanian player, this could be the perfect time.

The tournament will start on Saturday and pre-registration is now open at PokerRoomKings.com. The tournament will take two days to find a winner, but will be filled with excitement the entire time.

Tony G is a long-time poker pro who has amassed more than $6 million in live action. He is known for his boisterous banter at the tables, which is probably what also makes him a good politician. His voracious appetite for disputes once led poker commentator Gabe Kaplan to state, “Tony G could singlehandedly reignite the Cold War.”

He has been seen on numerous televised events and has gone up against the likes of Mike Matusow and Phil Hellmuth. Given the propensity of all three to want to find camera time, there was often more action with the cameras than with the cards.

Tony G is a polarizing poker character – the type that fans either love or love to hate. But, that’s all part of the game and part of what has made him who he is. In addition to his poker and political antics, Tony G is a philanthropist who is the only member of the European Parliament to be listed in the “Top 200 Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs” list compiled by Richtopia.

While he hasn’t taken down any major tournament, such as a WSOP Main Event, he still has a number of spectacular finishes to his credit dating back to 2004. That year, he finished second in the WPT Grand Prix de Paris and followed that up the next year with a title at the European Poker Championships. More recently, he took down the $25,000 NLHE High Roller at the Aria and finished second at the €25,000 NLHE GPC Super High Roller 8-Max in Rozvadov last year.

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