Posts Tagged ‘Greetings’
Tony G – Greetings from Tony Resort. I’ve been in the Tony G room there smoking cigars and drinking vintage port.
Greetings from Tony Resort. I’ve been in the Tony G room there smoking cigars and drinking vintage port. I head for WPT Copenhagen next week where I will be taking part in the Main Event and televised cash game. As part of my thorough preparation I have been answering your questions on twitter #asktony @PartyPoker and take Viking baths to prepare me for slaying the Danes.
We know from the accounts of the Anglo-Saxons that the Danish Vikings who settled in England were considered to be ‘clean-freaks’, because they would bath once a week. This was at a time when an Anglo-Saxon would only bath once or twice a year. In fact the original meaning of Scandinavian words for Saturday (laurdag / lørdag / lördag) was ‘Washing Day’ – every day is a washing day for me. Bring on the herbs – the juniper, and finish yourself off with a sauna. I have the official Lithuanian basketball masseuse come to Tony Resort every week and hit me with birch tree sticks. He’s over 80-years-old and gets so hot in the sauna that he jumps into an ice cold lake from time to time to cool himself down. He then goes for a run in the forest. He has been training me and I am focused and ready for Denmark. I need to win a big WPT and I need to take everything they have in the cash game.
Come and get me Holger!
While indulging in Viking cleaning habits I have been looking at the legend that is ‘Holger the Dane.’ Some say he is a legendary Viking character from the 12th century and at the end of his days he retired to a secluded keep at Kronborg Castle at Helsingør to enter a twilight sleep from which he will awake in the hour of his country’s need. It is Denmark’s time of need next week – they really, really need him now once I invade! Come and get me Holger!
Danes have a sense of humour
I have always loved the Danes – they have a sense of humour. I think they’ll need this even more once I have finished with them. Since they turned into a regulated market they really only play their own kind so I have an edge. In fact I am the only non Dane invited into the Danske Spil Cash game on Friday 16th November so I am absolutely loving it. After my exploits in Minsk and King’s Casino though I am a little worried the games will not be big enough.
Wire In Everything You Have
We’ll start eight handed and I will join Alex KP, Jannick Wrang, Peter Jepsen, Jesper Hougaard and Simon Raavnsbaek. I don’t particularly fear anyone. Where is Theo Jorgensen and ‘The Great Dane?’ I guess they are far too scared! Perhaps they have had a read of #asktony and learned what my biggest win and biggest loss is in a single day? My message to everybody is to wire in everything you have – you want to make it big, I want to make it bigger! The Accelerator is only just at PartyPoker.com this month, my foot is flat on the floor on it for cash game action! It will be streamed on pokernyhederne.com and eb.dk
Wire In Everything You Have
WPT Copenhagen marks the start of my winter wind down and build up to Aussie Millions – soon I will be off to Bali to relax and concentrate on body and mind. While I do that I will be sending my eight month old German Shepherd puppy Nordas to a private dog university. He is going training with his sister but he follows in famous footsteps with this education. Zasko came top of the class in swimming but is now running wild so I will be hoping for better results for Nordas. Nordas is a warrior and much stronger than Holger the Dane!
Today I am playing day two of the WSOPE 50k re-buy. Reloads are available for the first hour, Huge field with the Chinamen, Dwan etc and happy to see my sponsors are providing the live updates. Check these hands out and the latest live reporting.
350k and rolling
I have 350k at the start of the day and crushed Juha Helppi with the last hand of the night last night. I have also staked a talented youngster in the game Kristijonas Andrulis – Lithuania’s top player in my mind and put the PartyPoker.com badge on him. Mad Marvin is in too – may the force be with us all!
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Greetings from the Olympic Village at London 2012! A lot of you have been asking who I am looking at in this picture as I walk with Lithuania’s flag bearer – the legendary Olympic discus champion Virgilijus Alekna. I was trying to see if I could see Phil Hellmuth in the crowd. I know he’s around as a cheerleader for the human dolphin Michael Phelps but he’s not in the village. Probably wise, don’t need a village idiot!
Managing a team against all the NBA superstars
Last night, Lithuania’s men’s basketball team played their first game – we lost but I feel really good about the next four games. We have Nigeria tomorrow, who we should beat while a match against the USA is also coming up later this week. People always ask me about what it might be like managing a team against all the NBA superstars from the States and I say I genuinely believe there could be a massive upset here. The Lithuanians are not scared – I can see us avenging our defeat against Argentina in the semi-finals – we beat them before in a sudden death game in Turkey earlier this year.
Life in the village is great, it seems like lots of people have recognised me as when they see me they ask if poker has become an Olympic sport. Inside the village it is like communism, everything is free and it is like being on a different planet. I am so glad I have done this – I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to get involved with something as big as this. I have been involved with Lithuanian basketball for two years and once this is over it is back to my normal life, it is back to playing a lot of poker for the rest of 2012. Whatever the result for Lithuania it is about the Olympic spirit of competing.
What is poker like in the Olympic Village?
I got the opportunity to have breakfast this morning with Ruta Meilutyte, the 15-year-old Lithuanian swimming superstar of the future who has got so many headlines in the past couple of days. Under the watchful eye of her UK based coach Jonathan Rudd she has shown herself to be a real fight with outstanding talent. Her mother died when she was very young and after she broke the European record at the weekend I expect her to finish top five in the final. She makes me proud to be Lithuanian.
A lot of you have asked about what the poker is like in the Olympic Village. All I will say is the US and Greeks love to play and that the Lithuanian men’s basketball team do too (they might also have someone to back them J). Depending on results I will go to Cyprus later this week – all inclusive resort, Russian cash game players to eat – what paradise!
I also got great news from Lithuania while I have been away with the basketball team. Zasko is a daddy and his three month old son Nordas is doing very well – a potential king of the forest no doubt he is surging and stalking, just like his father and his father’s owner!
It’s taken me a couple of weeks but I’ve finally got myself all moved into my new home in Santa Barbara and I’m so happy with it. It’s nice to catch my breath a bit as my trip to London last month was fairly intense and pretty exhausting. As I told Short Stacked Radio last week, I definitely conducted one of my worst ever player interviews there during the filming of the Party Poker Premier League Mixed Game Championship.
We had worked until 3am that morning and I was due back on set at 9.30am,. Combine that with jetlag and I definitely wasn’t firing on all cylinders! Jetlag also meant I wasn’t able to sleep properly in my 5 hour break so I was working on pretty much no rest and by the time I spoke with Matt Gianetti, 12 hours into the second day, I was spouting some total nonsense! He was very nice about it although he definitely laughed afterwards about one of the terrible questions I asked him. Thank goodness he’s a good sport. It is definitely humbling to screw up at work!
We had a great time on set that week. It was held at the very luxurious Playboy Club London. If you’re ever there, have their Playboy Burger. I think by the end of the week, I was practically living off of them, at the rate of 3 a day! I loved catching up with the Matchroom TV crew and some of the freelance crew who I’ve worked with and been friends with for years and years. Matchroom Sports televise a lot of different sports as well as poker. They do the Darts too and it’s actually a really big deal in England. We were trying to see if I had a future in Darts – I think I look like a natural!
After a busy November, I was glad to change my plans and spend most of December in my new place in Santa Barbara. I had been planning to travel back to Europe after I moved in to play the WPT events in Venice and Prague but Party Poker kindly let me shift around the schedule so I could have a break. I’ll be back on the road for all of January and half of February, starting off with the Dublin WPT event so I’m making the most of my break right now.