Online Big Stakes Poker- Who is Gus Hansen?

Gus Hansen had a marvelous year on the WPT where he was the only participant to achieve closing poker table in three of the tournaments. Gus Hansen has been seen on High Stakes Poker on GSN where he bought into the game for $400, 000. You may recall one of the largest pots in high stakes poker recorded history up against Daniel Negreanu. Gus raked in a big pot with 4 of a kind against Negreanu’s full house. Gus has made many tv poker appearances and is considered to be one of the best bettors anywhere in the world. While participating in web poker, another side of Hansen has emerged. He often plays in the 200/400 No Limit maximum buy in of Forty Thousand dollars. Gus frequently buys-in for the minimum of Sixteen Thousand dollars and plays very weak. He sits there waiting for a good hand and then goes all-in. I believe Gus is an outstanding poker player but not even close to the regular players at 200/400NL. Unless Gus is penniless, he has no reason to settle at the game with the min buy in.

Playing for the minimum takes almost all of the skill out of big stack poker. Hansen is assumed to be one of the greatest poker players in the world but he cannot buy in for the full dollar value. I believe television can skew our perception of the real world every now and then. The best poker players anywhere in the world may be guys you have won’t have heard of before. Gus can be seen playing internet poker on Full Tilt. He generally competes in high stakes omaha eight-or-better and texas hold’em. Gus has shown himself as a tournament player. Can he back up his skills in cash rounds?

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