Tony G Sent on His Bike: Poker Player Loses European Parliament Re-Election Bid

Colorful poker pro Antanas Guoga, known to our community as Tony G, lost his re-election bid to continue representing Lithuania in the European Parliament. But, and this might come as a surprise to those who have followed his poker career, he handled defeat with class.

Antanas Guoga European Parliament poker

Tony G, pictured with his wife, gives the Bill Clinton-like thumbs up after voting. (Image: Facebook)

Guoga spent five years as a member of the parliament. Despite losing, he vows to “continue to fight for the people and country I love so dearly.” Defeat isn’t always so bad. If it’s any consolation, he now has more time to play cards. Plus, at least he didn’t lose to a Russian, which would have been devastating to him as we’ve learned in the past.

Bowing Out Gracefully

Tony G isn’t always gracious in victory. At times, at least at the poker table, he’s vicious, often attacking opponents for playing poorly. But oddly enough, he’s typically mild-mannered and complimentary in defeat. Sunday’s election day response was no different.

Antanas Guoga European Parliament poker

(Image: Facebook)

The 45-year-old high-stakes loudmouth joined the European Parliament in 2014 as a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats party. In 2016, he became a member of the European People’s Party, which is the biggest party in the Parliament.

Tony G spent his time in politics fighting for better working conditions for European businesses, most notably in the technology sector.

He also fought to convince Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling old Soviet Union products in 2018. Guoga has a rocky relationship with Russia, to say the least. A year earlier, he announced on social media that Russian President Vladimir Putin banned him from entering the country for trolling and using anti-Russian rhetoric.

Unsurprisingly, he appeared to be quite proud of his ban. That’s the Tony G the poker community knows and loves… or hates, depending on how favorable you are towards trash talkers.

More Time to Play Poker

If it’s any consolation for Tony G, he can now play poker whenever he wants. He also has time to spend running his businesses and investing in cryptocurrency. Regardless of what he does with his post-European Parliament days, we’re sure he’ll be a success.

Although he’s been a bit busy since 2014, Tony G still finds time to play poker. He has over $6 million in career live tournament cashes, most coming in 2013 or earlier. Guoga was also a regular on televised poker shows during the poker boom era.

He has always been a love-him-or-hate-him type of player. While many enjoy his colorful antics at the table, others despise the behavior. But regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, you can’t deny his ability to entertain.

Like in poker, you can’t win every election. To steal a phrase from Tony G, the Lithuanian voters told him to “get on your bike.”

 

Jon Sofen
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Jon Sofen
LAS VEGAS -- Like many others, Jon began playing poker after Chris Moneymaker’s WSOP victory in 2003. Since then, he's become a prolific writer about the game, offering daily news coverage for the CardsChat community. Away from the table, he's a proud Midwesterner, and possibly the world's biggest Kansas City Royals and Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

Comments

timholt wrote...

I would love to see him get bitch slapped when he starts to spew like he is some kind on tough guy.

jaymfc wrote...

I like him but he def goes too far in most cases. good poker player no doubt.

so with pleasure, I join the Lithuanians and say:
on your bike mate, come on up and away

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