A few days ago PokerNews.com's founder and Lithuanian businessman Tony G officially gained a seat in the next European Parliament.
"Today we made history in Lithuanian politics," Tony G said right after the results were in.
Tony G's pro-Europe Liberal party performed better than expected by most and managed to become the country's third party with 16.52% of preferences.
"For the first time Liberals have won two seats in the European Parliament. My sincere thanks go to all the voters, those who supported and helped me along the way!"
Not only did Tony G win his seat in the election, he also gained the honor of being the most voted candidate of the Liberal party.
"I want to thank my whole team of volunteers," Tony G said to a reporter from Lithuania's 15min.lt. "They have been fantastic!"
Many in the poker industry believe that as Tony G enters the European parliament, he is making a giant stride for poker's future in Europe and it's cause for celebration.
Tony may be outspoken and a bit in-your-face — even to the point of being controversial at times — but he has many fans around the world and hundreds of poker players and well known members of the poker industry went to Tony's Twitter and Facebook to send him support and congratulations.
In December of last year Tony made the announcement that he would be running for the European Parliament with Lithuania's Liberal party. In an interview with PokerNews.com during that announcement, Tony defined politics as "a competition, a tournament or as a sit-n-go(…)." "We are all playing," he said. "Every country is playing and whoever plays the smartest, is going to be successful."
Tony G has been a strong force behind the PokerWorks.com team and we want to extend our congratulations and hopes for a bright future with him at the helm.
Image courtesy of 15min.lt