Tony G Goes To Oxford UniversityMay 31, 2013 3:16 pm
Each year, Oxford University holds a £20 rebuy student tournament called the Oxford Cup, in which the cream of Britain’s students are able to take on the cream of the poker world.
The competition is organized by The Oxford University Poker Federation and will be celebrating its 12th year of continued success. In fact, the tournament has grown significantly over the past few years considering the 2003 winner Stasia Xanthos picked-up £750 ($1,180) after defeating 137 of her fellow competitors, while in 2011 winner Dan Morgan defeated a field of 201 players to walk away with the title and £3,655 in prize money.
Amongst the notable pros to grace the world renowned Oxford University in the past have been such names as Phil Hellmuth, Gus Hansen, Greg Raymer, Paul Jackson, Neil Channing, Dave “El Blondie” Colclough, and Nik Persaud. This year, Australia’s very own Tony G will be taking part in the Oxford Cup Warm-Up event, which has caused quite a level of excitement around the campus. Commenting on Tony G’s inclusion in the event, Oxford maths teacher and International Federation of Poker CEO Joe Barnard said:
“Within seconds of me creating the Facebook event listing I had a tonne of people messaging me about it to secure a place. The buzz around Oxford is immense! We cannot wait to meet Tony in person and he’s already started the banter online, suggesting we “get the bike ready!” Joking aside, we are ecstatic about Tony G gracing us with his presence and thankful to him for supporting UK student poker. We will of course still do our best to take him down!”
Lithuanian-Australian businessman Antanas Guoga, aka Tony G, is one of the most outspoken pros in poker and is as well known for his banter and goading of opponents at the tables, as he is for his impressive poker results. Throughout his tournament career dating back to 2002, the 39 year-old has earned $4,860,978, with his biggest score coming in 2009 at the €25k European High Roller Championship Monte Carlo, where he finished 3rd for €420,000 ($552,239). Commenting on his upcoming appearance at Oxford University, Tony G said:
“I’m looking forward to meeting the members of the Oxford University Poker Federation. It is time to find out if they are qualified and have true heart and commitment! They have a lot of potential and I am sure they will appreciate my guiding hand. It’s a big, bad world out there – I don’t want them to get crushed!”