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Tony G wins €1.85 Million Pot in Czech Republic

When it comes to the world’s top high stakes poker destinations, the Czech Republic isn’t the first place that comes to mind. However, Tony Gouga is practically changing this reputation himself after playing some huge games against his friend, Leon Tsoukernik.

The two high stakes grinders have been playing at King’s Casino Rozvadov, which Tsoukernik owns. The latter struck first as he won €500,000 off of Tony G in a February 15th, €2,000/€4,000 Pot-Limit Omaha session. A couple of days later, the pair upped the stakes to €5,000/$10,000, which worked out in Tony’s favor as he won €300,000 overall.

What was particularly noteworthy about this session is how Gouga was behind by €1 million at one point, but won a massive €1.85 million ($2,457,725) pot to erase the deficit and put himself in the black. Tony G discussed the pot with PokerNews by stating:

Basically, Leon just cracked it at the end and shoved it in blind. I ended up having aces (A-A-J-7) against jacks (J-J-6-7), I believe. We just decided to let the last hand run out and it got me out of the hole.

Playing with the owner of the casino, Leon, it’s just a really great casino, and they take great care of me. It’s also been profitable on top of it. Leon’s a great guy, and I’m going back there in a couple days to start again.

Normally you only see US$2.5 million pots played in Macau these days. So it’s unique to see such a big hand being played somewhere like the Czech Republic. With Gouga coming back to King’s Casino for another matchup against Tsoukernik, it’ll be interesting to see if any other well-known cash game players join them. After all, guys like Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, John Juanda and Patrik Antonius certainly aren’t against traveling when there’s big money involved.