Antanas ‘Tony G’ Guoga has won the latest $25,000 buy-in short deck event at the 2021 Super High Roller Bowl Europe. The Lithuanian businessman, politician and poker player defeated a field of 45 entries to earn the $382,500 top prize and his first tournament title in over two years.
This victory increased Guoga’s career tournament earnings to more than $6.5 million. It was his sixth-largest payday ever, with his top score being the $886,940 he earned as the fourth-place finisher in the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe €250,000 buy-in super high roller event.
Guoga was awarded 420 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion. It was his first POY-qualified score of the year, so he remains outside the top 500 in the 2021 POY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker. He also earned 230 PokerGO Tour rankings points, which were enough to catapult him into 54th place on that leaderboard.
The final day of this event began with six players remaining, with WSOP bracelet winner Danny Tang in the lead and Guoga in fourth chip position. Tang lost a few all-ins to the shorter stacks early, falling to the middle of the pack as a result. Chris Brewer, who replaced him atop the leaderboard, ended up sending Tang to the rail in sixth place ($67,500). Brewer moved all-in with A7 and Tang called holding KK. Brewer ended up with sevens full of aces by the river to eliminate Tang and extend his lead.
Paul Phua was the next to fall. He got all-in with a flopped pair of aces and a seven kicker. He received a call from Guoga, who had aces with a queen kicker. Phua was unable to come from behind. He took home $90,000 as the fifth-place finisher.
Santi Jiang got all-in with pocket queens and found himself at risk against the A9 of Brewer. The board brought two aces and two sevens to give Brewer a full house and Jiang was knocked out in fourth place ($123,750).
Robert Flink doubled through Brewer early in three-handed action to edge into the lead, only to relinquish his place atop the leaderboard when tried to turn pocket kings into a bluff and was quickly looked up by the rivered nut straight of Guoga. The final three battled it out for a while more before Flink ran AJ into the AK of Brewer to finish third ($168,750).
Heads-up play began with Guoga holding 7,600,000 to Brewer’s 5,700,000. He was able to extend that lead to almost a 3:1 chip advantage by the time the final hand was dealt. Guoga shoved as the first to act with KJ and Brewer called off his stack with J10. The Q867J runout gave Guoga the winning hand to lock up the pot and the title.
Brewer earned $247,500 for his 13th POY-qualified final-table finish of the year. He also took home 350 POY points, which were enough to see him move into 16th place in the overall standings. With $1,959,020 in cashes in high-stakes events, Brewer now sits in sixth place on the PokerGO Tour leaderboard.
Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:
Winner photo provided by PokerGO.