Internet Big Stakes Poker- Who is Gus Hansen?

Gus Hansen enjoyed a wonderful year on the World Poker Tour where he was the only participant to make it to the final poker 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 remember one of the largest pots in high stakes poker history competing against Daniel Negreanu. He raked in a big pot with 4 of a kind against Negreanu’s full house. Hansen has earned many tv poker appearances and is considered to be one of the strongest players in the world. While participating in online poker, another side of Hansen has emerged. He regularly participates in the 200/400 No Limit maximum buy in of $40, 000. Hansen usually buys-in for the min of Sixteen Thousand dollars and plays very weak. He waits for a decent hand and then goes all in. I accept that Hansen is an outstanding poker player but certainly not even close to the regular players at 200/400NL. Unless he is penniless, he has little or no reason to play at the table with the minimum buy-in.

Buying in for the minimum takes almost all of the skill out of deep stack poker. Hansen is supposed to be 1 of the best players anywhere in the world but he can’t buy-in for the total amount. I think tv can skew our view of the real world every now and then. The greatest players in the world could be players you have never heard of. Gus can be seen participating in online poker on Full Tilt. He usually participates in high stakes omaha eight-or-better and Holdem. Gus Hansen has shown himself as a tournament player. Can he use his skills in money rounds?

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