Tony G, real name Antanas Guoga, has announced his intention to run in next year’s elections for the European Parliament.
The elections use a party list system, and Tony G has made it to the number two spot for the Liberal Party. The Liberal’s only have one member (MEP) at the moment, so Tony has to get the vote out if he’s going to make it.
“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,’” Tony stated in a blog post Monday.
Guoga is a well known figure in Lithuania. Even though he left the country at the age of eleven when his parents moved to Australia, he has made a point of supporting his native country.
Guoga has had considerable success in poker related businesses. He is a founding owner of PokerNews, and after leaving his contract with bwin.party, he has devoted himself to building his new poker site tonybet.com.
The addition of a high profile poker player to the European Parliament must be considered good news for the industry and players. He may not be able to sway entrenched attitudes, but he can bring a wealth of poker knowledge to any MEPs disposed to listen.