PartyPoker’s Antanas “Tony G” Guoga, one of the best poker players in the world without a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, has left the WSOP and gone home to London.
Typically, the world’s top players will stay in Las Vegas for the duration of the Series, taking only short breaks here and there depending on the timing of their deep runs and scheduling of events which play/don’t play to their strengths.  It is almost unheard of, however, for a player of Tony G’s caliber and bankroll to just up and leave in the middle of the poker festival.  In fact, there is some question as to whether or not he will return at all, even for the big $10,000 Main Event.
In his blog, Tony G cited fatigue and disappointing results as reasons for his trip home, writing, “I have a bit of burnout going on and I’m running bad. Three different times in the 5K I was good pre-flop and ran into bad endings that killed me. It happens, poker is a game and I am very aware of it. But when I am no longer having fun, it’s time to do something else and that will be leaving for home. I may not return to play the WSOP $10K main event.”
Prior to that, he said, “Busting is such an ugly thing. I do play to have fun but I’m competitive and I enjoy being able to pick up chips and make a run at the big money and in this case, the Gold Bracelet. If I can’t put anything together in the Deuce ($10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball World Championship), I will probably be leaving for Europe to spend time with my family.”
On Wednesday, back in London, Tony G had changed his tune slightly, blogging that he will “most likely play in the Main Event.”
In addition to burnout and lack of success at this year’s World Series of Poker, the PartyPoker pro also expressed frustration with the WSOP Academy Sit-and-Go qualifier to determine one of the sponsor’s exemptions for the WSOP Tournament of Champions.  Whereas the players who were eligible for the fan vote must have won a bracelet, the nine hand-picked by WSOP organizers for the Sit-and-Go had never won a WSOP event.  Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier won the tournament, beating out Andy Bloch, Gus Hansen, actor Don Cheadle, Michael Mizrachi, Liv Boeree, Paul Wasicka, Gavin Smith (who replaced Tom “durrrr” Dwan), and Sorel “Imper1um” Mizzi.  Tony G, obviously, was not selected to participate.
He was quite perturbed, writing, “Who chose them? Why do they have priority over other players that don’t have gold bracelets?”
Continuing, he added, “I feel some of the choices are good ones, others are just wrong, and I would like to know who made the choices and why they made them. The WSOP is being unfair with this decision and because of it I may just pass on the WSOP and the Main Event. I don’t believe I am the only one that is unhappy with the way this great event is being made into a mockery of a true Tournament of Champions.”
Tony G, who joined Mike Sexton on the PartyPoker team back in January, has 16 cashes all-time at the World Series of Poker, adding up to almost $700,000, but the cherished gold bracelet has eluded him.  He does have one World Poker Tour title, although it was not in an open event.  Rather, it was in a six-player, made-for-television tournament called the WPT Bad Boys of Poker II, featuring Phil Hellmuth, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, Jean-Robert Bellande, Men “The Master” Nguyen, and Gus Hansen, in addition to Tony G.

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