Web High Stakes Poker- Who is Gus Hansen?

Gus Hansen enjoyed a marvelous year on the World Poker Tour where he was the only participant to make it to the closing table in 3 of the tournaments. Gus Hansen has been seen on High Stakes Poker on GSN where he paid $400, 000 to play. You may recall one of the biggest pots in high stakes poker recorded history competing against Daniel Negreanu. Gus raked in a massive pot with quads against Negreanu’s full house. Gus has earned many televised poker appearances and is considered to be one of the best enthusiasts in the world. While participating in web poker, a different side of Hansen has been seen. Gus regularly competes in the 200/400 NL maximum buy in of Forty Thousand dollars. Hansen frequently buys in for the minimum of $16, 000 and plays very weak. He sits there waiting for a good hand and then pushes all in. I accept that Gus is an amazing poker player but certainly not even close to the familiar players at 200/400NL. Unless Gus is bankrupt, 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. Gus is assumed to be one of the best poker players anywhere in the world but he can’t buy-in for the total dollar value. I think tv can skew our perception of the real world sometimes. The best poker players anywhere in the world may be guys you have never heard about. Gus can be seen wagering on internet poker on Full Tilt. He usually participates in high stakes omaha hold’em and texas holdem. Gus has shown himself as a competition player. Can he back up his abilities in money rounds?

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