Net High Stakes Poker- Who is Gus Hansen?

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Gus Hansen enjoyed a wonderful year on the WPT where he was the only gambler to make it to the last poker table in three of the tournaments. Gus Hansen has appeared on High Stakes Poker on The Game Show Network where he paid $400, 000 to play. You may recall one of the largest pots in big stakes poker recorded history competing against Daniel Negreanu. Gus raked in a large 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 greatest players in the world. While wagering on net poker, a different side of Hansen has appeared. He often plays in the 200/400 No Limit max buy-in of $40, 000. Gus usually buys in for the minimum of $16, 000 and gambles very poorly. He waits for a good hand and then pushes all in. I accept that Gus is a great poker player but certainly not even close to the regular players at 200/400NL. Unless Gus is broke, he has absolutely no reason to play at the game with the minimum buy in.

Buying in for the min takes almost all of the skill out of big stack poker. Hansen is supposed to be 1 of the best players in the world but he can’t buy in for the total amount. I believe tv can skew our perception of the real world sometimes. The greatest players in the world may be players you have won’t have heard about. Gus can be seen participating in online poker on Full Tilt. He usually participates in big stakes omaha eight-or-better and Holdem. Gus has shown himself as a competition player. Can he use his abilities in money games?

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