Tony G Wins Membership into European Parliament

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Antanas Guoga(pictured), better known in the poker community as Tony G, will either make a fantastic politician or a horrible one. We will soon find out if his “berate you until your ears bleed” persona at the poker tables translates to politics, as he was elected to the European Parliament on Sunday.

Running as a member of the Liberal Movement Party in his native Lithuania, Tony G originally announced his candidacy in early October on his blog, saying, “I have packed up the bike and I am going to EU Parliament in Brussels to change Lithuania. I made second in the list as a candidate for the Liberal Party and am really happy… The Liberal Party has set a goal during the European Parliamentary election to fight hard for two seats. Currently, the Liberal Movement in the European Parliament has one representative, so there is a lot of hard work ahead of me.”

He added, “I believe that Lithuanian politics needs new people and new blood and I want to be in a position to change policy and I qualify as ‘new blood.'”

And that goal was met. In 2009, the Liberal Movement garnered just one seat in the European Parliament, but with a surprising 16.5% of the votes, it had that number bumped to two out of the 11 available Lithuanian seats. That certainly helped political newcomer Guoga, who earned a spot along with fellow party member Petras Austrevicius.

Tony G was said to be the wealthiest candidate in the Lithuanian election. According to the Lithuania Tribune, his declared assets total LTL 93 million, or about $36.7 million. That is more than twice that of the next wealthiest candidate, Ramunas Karbauskis, who has over LTL 40 million in assets.

After his victory, Tony G posted a simple celebratory message on his Facebook page: “Today, we made history in Lithuanian politics – for the first time Liberals have won two seats in the European Parliament. My sincere thanks go to all the voters, those who supported and helped me along the way!”

In his poker career, Tony G has over $4.8 million in live tournament earnings, according to the Hendon Mob. He has numerous World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker cashes, but no open titles. His lone WPT victory was in a made-for-TV invitational in 2006 called the Bad Boys of Poker II. Though he only won $25,000 in the single-table event, the broadcast contributed to his development as a poker celebrity and cemented him as one of the most polarizing personalities in the game.

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    • WHY DONT HE LIVE IN LITHUANIA/? I MEAN LETS FACE FACTS HERE? IS OUR UK GLOBAL ECONOMY SO BIG IT LETS EVERY FUCKER FROM THE OUTSIDE IN?SERIOUSLY THOUGH IF YOU WENT BACK TO LITHUANIA AND THE PAKISTANIS WENT BACK TO PAKISTAN AND ALL THE OTHER FORIEGNERS WENT BACK TO THIER “OWN” NATIVE COUNTRIES INSTEAD OF SPONGING OFF OUR STATE GOVERNMENTS , OUR SOCIETY WILL BECOME EVEN MORE OF A “FREE ZONE!” WITHOUT ALL THE POLLUTION AND OVERRISE OF RAT RUN INFESTED COUNCIL ESTATES. SO THATS BASICALLY IT GET ALL THE FORIENGERS TO RETURN BACK TO THIER HOME COUNTRYS !

    • OBVIOSLY IT JUST MEANS THAT CUSTOMS AND EXCISE LETS IN EVERY PERSON , OR AT LEAST THEY HAVE DONE WITHIN THE PAST 25 YEARS , LET THEM HAVE EVERYTHING FOR FREE /ACCOMADATION ,FREE SCHOOL ,FREE EDUCATION ,FREE BENIFITS , WHEN THEY COME OVER HERE TO WORK ON ENGLISH MANS JOBS IT PUTS OUR SOCIETY IN BACKWARD MODE ,BECAUSE THE ACTUAL PEOPLE WHO WERE BORN AND BRED IN THIS COUNTRY CANNOT GET A FRIGGING JOB, EMPLOYERS EARN A FAST BUCK EMPLOYING CHEAP LABOUR .I HAVE A NAIVE WAY OF LOOKING AT THINGS , BUT THE MORE PEOPLE YOU LET IN OVER HERE ,THE WORSE ITS GOING TO GET WITH COUNCILS WANTING TO BUILD MORE HOUSES /FLATS ETC , RUINING THE TRANQUILITY OF THE NATION, THE LANDS WILL BE SO RAT INFESTED BY PEOPLE THAT YOULL HAVE 500 CARS PACKED IN ONE ROAD LEAVING BEHIND THIER TOXIC FUMES FOR OUR CHILDREN TO BREATHE IN ON THIER WAY TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY FOREVER AND THE DAY

    • OBVIOSLY IT JUST MEANS THAT CUSTOMS AND EXCISE LETS IN EVERY PERSON , OR AT LEAST THEY HAVE DONE WITHIN THE PAST 25 YEARS , LET THEM HAVE EVERYTHING FOR FREE /ACCOMADATION ,FREE SCHOOL ,FREE EDUCATION ,FREE BENIFITS , WHEN THEY COME OVER HERE TO WORK ON ENGLISH MANS JOBS IT PUTS OUR SOCIETY IN BACKWARD MODE ,BECAUSE THE ACTUAL PEOPLE WHO WERE BORN AND BRED IN THIS COUNTRY CANNOT GET A FRIGGING JOB, EMPLOYERS EARN A FAST BUCK EMPLOYING CHEAP LABOUR .I HAVE A NAIVE WAY OF LOOKING AT THINGS , BUT THE MORE PEOPLE YOU LET IN OVER HERE ,THE WORSE ITS GOING TO GET WITH COUNCILS WANTING TO BUILD MORE HOUSES /FLATS ETC , RUINING THE TRANQUILITY OF THE NATION, THE LANDS WILL BE SO RAT INFESTED BY PEOPLE THAT YOULL HAVE 500 CARS PACKED IN ONE ROAD LEAVING BEHIND THIER TOXIC FUMES FOR OUR CHILDREN TO BREATHE IN ON THIER WAY TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY FOREVER AND THE DAY

      Easy on the caps lock there bud.

    • IS ALSO AMAZING HOW ALL THE FORIEGNERS SPEAK AND TYPE FLUENT ENGLISH RIGHT? YET AS AN ENGLISHMAN WE GET TAUGHT NO LANGUAGES .!! THEY ALL GET TAUGHT HOW TO SPEAK ENGLISH ,AND FOR REASONS I STATED ABOVE! SO THEY CAN COME TO THIS COUNTRY AND TAKE IT FOR GRANTED . WELL THOSE DAYS ARE CLOSING DOWN .

      HOW MANY PLAYERS NOW ONLINE YOU SEE FOREIGN THAT ALSO SPEAK GREAT ENGLISH? YET AS A BRIT WE CANNOT SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE UNLESS WE ARE TAUGHT IT FROM SCHOOL, .MY GUESS IS THEY ARE TAUGHT ENGLISH FOR VERY SPECIFIC REASONS ,AND I DONT MEAN IT LITERALLY!