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Net High Stakes Poker- Who is Gus Hansen?

Gus Hansen had an amazing year on the World Poker Tour where he was the only participant to achieve closing table in 3 of the tournaments. Gus Hansen has appeared on High Stakes Poker on GSN where he paid $400, 000 to play. You might recall one of the biggest pots in big stakes poker history competing against Daniel Negreanu. Hansen won a large pot with quads against Daniel’s full house. Hansen has made many televised poker appearances and is considered to be one of the strongest bettors in the world. While betting on online poker, another side of Hansen has appeared. Gus regularly participates in the 200/400 No Limit max buy in of Forty Thousand dollars. Hansen generally buys-in for the min of Sixteen Thousand dollars and plays very weak. He waits patiently for a decent hand and then pushes all in. I accept that Hansen is an amazing poker player but certainly not even close to the regular players at 200/400NL. Unless Gus is bankrupt, he has absolutely no reason to play at the game with the min buy in.

Buying in for the minimum takes most of the expertise out of big stack poker. Gus is supposed to be one of the best poker players anywhere in the world but he cannot buy-in for the total amount. I think television can skew our perception of the real world every now and then. The greatest poker players in the world may be players you have won’t have heard about. Gus can be seen competing in internet poker on Full Tilt. He commonly competes in big stakes omaha/8 and texas hold’em. Gus Hansen has shown himself as a tournament player. Can he back up his skills in money rounds?

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