Tony G Marries Fashion Model at a Festival in His Native Lithuania
Recently, loudmouth poker personality and European Parliament member Tony G went back to his birth country to get married to his fiance and Lithuanian model, Aiste Slapokaite. The two married in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, before retiring to Tony Resort, the luxurious shrine to himself.
The colorful professional poker player, who now lives in Australia, is known for driving his opponents to distraction through his verbal jabs. It’s no surprise that he had choice words after the couple gave their vows.
Tony G Makes a Wedding Statement
Seldom is Tony G so effusive in his praises of another, though. Tony G said to reporters, “Today, we have sworn to each other in front of God and our guests….I have searched for my better half for a long time and finally found her in my home country. We have tested each other during our two-year relationship, and I can easily tell that my wife is a wonderful person: wise, understanding, supportive, warm, sensitive, accepting me with all my weaknesses.”
Tony G’s Poker Career
Tony G was born Antanas Guoga in Kaunas, Lithuania, but he moved to Australia when he was 17. He has won $4.8 million in winnings during his 12-year tournament poker career. Over that time, the outspoken gambler has become a favorite on television and in live poker events. He became famous worldwide for his appearances on US television, while he remains popular over the years in his naturalized home with his appearances on Australian TV. Several videos of Tony G have received widespread popularity on YouTube, including Dave “Devilfish” Ulliot and Phil Hellmuth Jr.
Over the years, Tony G has been one of the fun people to watch play Texas hold’em. As an example of his fun-loving spirit, Guoga made a visit to Oxford University last year, where he played poker against the study body in anticipation of the annual Oxford Cup between the UK college and its perennial rival, Cambridge. He even took to the Internet to trash talk Oxford students prior to his visit.
Tony G’s Career beyond Poker
While he is successful at the poker table, Tony G has been more successful away from the felt. He is the owner of TonyBet, a Lithuania-based online gambling site. He is a major sponsor of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation, as well as BC Prienai, a Lithuanian Basketball League team based out of Prienai. Beyond that, Tony G is the vice-president of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation and the Lithuanian Rowing Federation.
Beyond that, Tony G is also known for his philanthropy, beyond his various sponsorships. Despite his larger-than-life persona on broadcasts, he seems to have a good-natured attitude about life and people. In fact, he is concerned enough about others to have delved into the political arena. Though he’s lived in Australia since 1990, Tony G is now spending more time back in Lithuania–which might explain his desire to get married.
Tony G’s Political Career
Tony G is a Liberal Party member of the European Parliament for his native Lithuania. He was one of two liberal party members elected in 2014, after the Liberal Party collected the third-most votes in the country, with 16.5%. Ukraine is not the only Eastern European country with limited resources and stark choices. Lithuania, though less troubled than Ukraine, faces a similar decision between west-leaning or east-leaning politics. The Liberal Party is described as a Pro-Europe party, as opposed to those politicians in Lithuania who would prefer a more Russian-leaning set of policies.
After his victory in the election, Tony G was elated. He said in a statement to the people, “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!”
Because of his political aspirations and his impending marriage, Tony G has not been as active in the poker world in 2014. In fact, this is the first time in his 12 year career in which he didn’t win more money than he lost, due to his lack of activity. Now Tony G is a husband, married to one of Lithuania’s most beautiful fashion models. One can wonder whether his poker inactivity will continue, with a business empire, political career, and marriage to manage.