Net Big Stakes Poker- Who is Gus Hansen?

Gus Hansen had a marvelous year on the World Poker Tour where he was the only participant to make it to the closing game in 3 of the competitions. 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 big stakes poker recorded history competing against Daniel Negreanu. Gus raked in a massive pot with 4 of a kind against Daniel’s full house. Gus has earned many televised poker appearances and is thought to be one of the greatest gamblers in the world. While participating in net poker, another side of Hansen has appeared. He regularly plays in the 200/400 No Limit maximum buy in of Forty Thousand dollars. Gus more often than not buys in for the minimum of $16, 000 and plays very poorly. He sits there waiting for a decent hand and then pushes all-in. I accept that Hansen is a great poker player but certainly not even close to the regular players at 200/400NL. Unless he is bankrupt, he has absolutely no reason to sit at the game with the min buy-in.

Playing for the minimum takes a majority of the skill out of big stack poker. Hansen is supposed to be one of the greatest poker players anywhere in the world but he cannot buy in for the total amount. I believe tv can skew our view of the real world sometimes. The best players anywhere in the world might be guys you have won’t have heard about. Gus can be found wagering on online poker on Full Tilt. He usually competes in high stakes Omaha and Holdem. Gus has shown himself as a competition player. Can he back up his talents in cash games?

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