Tony G

Poker professional Antanas Guoga or Tony G is no stranger to controversies and has frequently initiated them, but this time he seems to have gone a bit too far. Tony was quite recently blacklisted by Vladmir Putin, alongside 11 other European politicians.

The ex-Party Poker player, who parted ways with the poker site to a lot time for his own TonyBet site and political career, addressed the blacklisting which has kept him out of the Party Poker Millions event set to commence in the Russian Olympic city of Sochi.

Tony posted a video where he challenged Ralph Perry and states, “What is my crime? Poker fans at large say it’s because of my famous victory against Ralph Perry. He played terrible and I sent him back to Russia. Since then I have been telling plenty of Russian players to get on their bikes. It seems like they have had enough. The truth is that I always respected and continue respecting Russian poker players and common Russian people. After winning the Russian Poker Championship in Moscow in 2007 I donated all my prize money of $250,000 to a Russian special needs orphanage.”

Tony goes on to add that, it was his political reputation that got him blacklisted. “ The more obvious reason for being blacklisted is speaking up for freedom and democracy, as my EPP Group in the European Parliament colleagues noted. That’s the price of politics and I’m ready to pay it. It’s a shame I wasn’t able to play in the recent partypoker Million event in Sochi.”

Ever since he was elected into the European Parliament back in 2014, the Lithuanian businessman has not been quite active at poker. He has upwards of $5 million in lifetime prize money and his largest cash was $ 552,239 at the 2005 European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final Monte Carlo for a top three finish.