Frustrated Poker Pro Tony G Contemplates Bowing Out Of WSOP 2010June 14, 2010 9:26 am
Poker pro Antanas Guoga, aka “Tony G,” hasn’t had the best World Series of Poker so far, and is now considering dropping out of this year’s competition all together, after crashing out of yet another event.
The Lithuanian born poker pro, business entrepreneur and owner of Pokernews.com, Pokeraffiliateworld.com and Pokerworks has made over $3 million from live tournament winnings, with the WSOP accounting for 14 cashes worth $429,897.
Despite his only moderate WSOP success, Tony G was feeling optimistic going into the competition, and even sold a piece of his action on online staking poker site ‘ChipMeUp.’ In the past, Tony G has won his backers thousands of dollars in winnings and currently shows a a 25% return on invested capital.
Prior to the competition, Tony G stated on ChipMeUp; “I have won just about everything there is to win in the game except one prize, a WSOP bracelet. One year I will come to Vegas and completely dominate…Look out for me, I will be staking plenty of users and offering up a percent of my play in land based events around the world.”
So far, however, Tony has busted out of a number of events, including the $5,000 No-Limit and $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship Event, and his frustration has reached such a level that he has said he will now quit and probably miss the WSOP $10K Main Event all together. As he explains in his blog:
“Busting is such an ugly thing…I have a bit of burnout going on and I’m running bad. Three different times in the 5K I was good pre-flop and ran into bad endings that killed me…I am no longer having fun, it’s time to do something else and that will be leaving for home.”
At the heart of his frustration, would appear to be the decision of WSOP organiser Harrah’s not to invite Tony to play in a nine player sit-n-go tournament, with one seat to the 27 player World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions (TOC) at stake. Even though a wins in this invitational freeroll event does not count as official WSOP bracelets, $500,000 is on offer for the winner and Tony G seems to have taken exception to his omission. On his blog he states:
“I wasn’t asked and I’ve played all the high buy-in events, I’m very high profile and good poker show material as is evidenced by my recent appearances on the Doubles Championship, World Team Poker, and The Big Game, and I play poker across the globe…The WSOP is being unfair with this decision and because of it I may just pass on the WSOP and the Main Event.”
Whether he stays or goes remains to be seen, but one thing for sure is that a deep run or win at one of the remaining WSOP events would probably be enough to alleviate most of the frustrations of this often temperamental poker pro.