Internet High Stakes Poker- Who is Gus Hansen?

Gus Hansen experienced an amazing year on the WPT where he was the only participant to make it to the last table in three of the tournaments. Gus Hansen has appeared on High Stakes Poker on GSN where he paid $400, 000 to play. You may recall one of the largest pots in high stakes poker history against Daniel Negreanu. He won a massive pot with 4 of a kind against Daniel’s full house. Gus has made many televised poker appearances and is considered to be one of the greatest enthusiasts anywhere in the world. While competing in internet poker, another side of Hansen has appeared. Gus frequently competes in the 200/400 NL max buy-in of $40, 000. Gus generally buys-in for the min of $16, 000 and plays very poorly. He waits patiently for a good hand and then goes all-in. I believe Hansen is an excellent poker player but not even close to the regular players at 200/400no limit. Unless Gus is bankrupt, he has absolutely no reason to play at the table with the min buy in.

Buying in for the minimum takes most of the ability out of deep stack poker. Gus is presumed to be one of the greatest players anywhere in the world but he can’t buy-in for the total amount. I think television can skew our perception of the real world at times. The greatest players in the world may be players you have never heard about. Gus can be seen wagering on online poker on Full Tilt. He normally plays in high stakes omaha hi-low and hold’em. Gus has shown himself as a tournament player. Can he use his abilities in cash games?

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