The small North Eastern European country of Lithuania may be known around the world as being a former part of the Soviet Union or perhaps its deep love with the game of basketball. But when it comes to poker, Lithuania is known for producing one of the most notorious names in the game: Antanas Guoga, aka – Tony G. The blustering, belittling “G” has made a name for himself by goading poker players on television and dunking on them for well over a decade. But Tony G, LiAngelo and LaMelo aren’t the only ballers currently getting their game on in Lithuania. Some of the top-tier online poker professionals call this Baltic State their home.
The current #1-ranked Lithuanian is ‘dartazzzz’. Sitting in the PocketFives.com Worldwide top 100 as the #47-ranked player, he’s amassed over $2.6 million in lifetime earnings. A regular in the largest tournaments the online poker has to offer, ‘dartazzzz’ absolutely crushed in the month of December. He accumulated eight qualifying cashes, three five-figure scores and pulling in over $85,000 for the month.
Right behind ‘dartazzzz’ in the #2 spot hovers ‘Gedis92’. Also in the Top 50 of the Worldwide rankings (#49), ‘Gedis92’ earned his very first PocketFives.com Triple Crown in March of 2017. In September of 2017, he made the final table of the partypoker Powerfest Championship Event ($3,222 No Limit Hold’em). The score brought him his highest PLB points of the current period, 399.83, as well as a career-high cash of $105,000. He’s roughly a quarter-million away from the $2 million lifetime earning milestone, so it’s incredibly likely that he’ll be gracing the Milestones column in 2018.
The position of ‘Mikensonas’ mirrors ‘Gedis92’s quite a bit. The #3-ranked Lithuanian is only 2 spots behind ‘Gedis92’ in the Worldwide Rankings. He, too, recorded a Triple Crown in 2017 (September) and he’s also on the precipice of earning a major lifetime cash milestone, only $50,000 short of $1 million. The mid-high stakes grinder had a quick start to 2018, taking first place in the Winamax HighRoller on January 2 for just shy of $13,000.
The #4 spot is occupied by ‘bebaimis777’. A former Worldwide top 20 player, ‘bebaimis777’ has amassed over $2.7 million over the course of his career. Whether or not he observes Christmas, the Lithuanian had plenty of reasons to celebrate this holiday as on December 25 alone he unwrapped 11 cashes for nearly $2,000. Since the New Year, he’s been putting in more volume, accumulating at least four four-figure scores in the first week of January.
The top 5 is completed by the #1-ranked player our of Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital. ‘Kepalas89’ pulled off a victory in the PokerStars $109 Sunday Kickoff in late November 2017 for 334.22 PLB points and over $18,000. The PLB points for the win are the mid-stakes grinder’s highest for the current period.
‘bagoch’, holding down the #6 spot, just soared past $3 million in lifetime earnings with his runner-up finish in the PokerStars Super Tuesday on January 2. His second-place finish was worth $95,252.70.
In mid-December ‘NoTilit’ took down the $215 Fat Tuesday on PokerStars for $12,243.22 and 252.59 points. The PLB points were good enough to land him as the #7-ranked Lithuanian.
‘Merfinis’, currently ranked #8, touched a career-high ranking in the Worldwide Top 100 in 2017 when he reached #272. In 2018, the mid-stakes grinder will be focused on eclipsing $2 million in lifetime earnings, as he’s currently a quarter-million shy of the mark.
In September of 2017, ‘AIGiNho’ claimed a partypoker Powerfest championship when he took down Event #10 ($500K Gtd 2 Day Event) for a career-high score of over $82,000. The 530.33 PLB points that came along with it helped elevate him to the #9 rank in Lithuania.
Rounding it all out is the #10-ranked player, ‘parukas’. While not an everyday grinder, ‘parukas’ has earned over $300,000 in his online career.
Lithuania Online Poker Rankings Top 10