APPT Sydney 2007: I’m Bond, Bond18!
By Sean Callander
George Dunst has almost as many aliases as Fletch – some know him as Lucky TonyD, others just as Tony just he’s probably best known by the online tag ‘Bond18’.
One of the best known and most popular posters on Twoplustwo, Dunst has charged to within reach of Team PokerStars pro Raymond Rahme (still the chip leader on 99,000).
Dunst, whose stack is now well above 80,000, started playing poker in home games with friends in his senior year of high school (2002-2003).
“I was the school bookie so gambling on cards seemed like a natural transition,” he said.
Like many young players, he rode the roller coaster early in his career. “One of my early poker mentors, who at the time I thought was very good, was in fact terrible at poker and turned me into a huge nit. In fact, because I learned before the days of people loosening up, I became a huge nit with no real concept of pot odds for quite a while,” he said.
He won a seat to the 2006 Aussie Millions, and loved his experience of Australia so much that he returned six months.
He’s since combined study at home in Wisconsin with travels, including a stint in China with his girlfriend, emerging player Celina Lin.
“I spent most of my time indoors playing as many tournaments as possible since I didn’t know anyone but my girlfriend and couldn’t speak the language. After China I went back to the WSOP again in 2007 and with backing played 30 events,” he said
“After the WSOP this year I moved back to Melbourne, where I’m now living and playing online every day. Hopefully at the AAPT Grand Final in Sydney I can establish myself as one of the top tournament players in the country.” He’s well on his way.
- Raymond Rahme (Team PokerStars) 99k
- George Dunst 82k
- Alex Rosser 70k
- Luigi A’Preda 70k
- Tino Lechich 42k