Poker pro Tony G has placed a wager with Matchbook.com that he will finish in-the-money at the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. But the outspoken pro has his sights set on more than just cashing at the prestigious tournament.
“I am going to win the WSOPE Main Event,” the outspoken Lithuanian boasted. “I am on a roll. I even bet $20,000 at 5/1 that I will make the money in the Main Event – 55th place guarantees me $100k.”
Andrew Pantling, a company spokesman for the online betting service, has confirmed acceptance of the proposition bet made by Tony G, whose given name is Antanas Guoga. Matchbook.com has begun a new service for gamblers offering players the option to bet on themselves, on a friend, or back other players in major poker tournaments. Guoga was the first player to use the unique service, betting on his own skills as a player.
“You gotta love Tony,” defending WSOPE Main Event champion James Bord said. “At last someone grew some balls and placed a real bet!”
Bord recently created a stir among players when he said that American players are not as skilled as Europeans and that he believed an American would not win this year’s main event. Bord backed up his statement by offering to refund any losing bets up to $500 if an American did finish first.
Tony G, known for his incessant table talk and intimidation of other players, won an Asian Poker Tour event in 2006, pocketing $451,700, reportedly donating half of his winnings to charity. In the same year, he was crowned champion of the World Poker Tour Bad Boys of Poker II tourney, when his hole cards of 10♦ 8♦ bested Mike Matusow’s pocket kings, winning with two pair when the board came up 8♠ 10♠ 2♥ 9♥ Q♣.
Tony G also made headlines last week when he went on record as saying that he considers filing a lawsuit against the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) for their negligence in handling the whole Full Tilt Poker fiasco. Tony G claims the AGCC knew that the troubled poker site was having problems with player funds even before the Black Friday allegations in April.
“We believe they knew about it a long time ago,” Tony G said. “That security for the players’ money was not there. They hid this fact together with their auditors for years.”
Matchbook.com is a U.K.-based betting exchange, accepting wagers since 2004. The company has been led by new ownership since early this year. Americans and bettors from France are prohibited from placing wagers at the site.
Both Bord and Tony G are still alive in the WSOPE Main Event, which completed Day 2 with 111 players remaining. Constant Rijkenberg is the chip leader with 462,800. Hoyt Corkins follows him in 2nd with 395,000 chips. Day 3 will resume at noon with eight-player tables.