When you are widely regarded as one of the best poker players in the world and losses keep piling up over the Internet, it is obvious that you’re doing something wrong. Most people would freak out and stop any activity right away, but that’s why Gus Hansen is different and much appreciated. The Danish poker player keeps going despite all the adversity and he shows no sign of slowing down.
The last couple of weeks were far better than the last few years combined, with Hansen winning almost $1 million in one weekend. He came $150,000 shy of crossing the threshold, but even so he can consider himself fortunate to have ended the losing streak. In the great scheme of things, not even $1 million would represent much, because Gus is claimed to have lost an eight digit amount over the Internet.
For the time being, Hansen plans on taking it one step at a time and the first baby steps were made in the right direction as he won $320,000 on Saturday. He decided to stick to triple draw tables for a while and after losing a few hands in the beginning of the session, he returns on track and finished the day on a positive note. Most of the money were collected at $2k/$4k 2-7 TD tables against Dan “jungleman” Cates and five other players.
Dan was obviously the top counter candidate for Gus and the one with the best chance of crushing the table, but things took a different and surprising turn. Cates started to bleed chips from the first hand, eventually losing $200,000, while Hansen collected a combined amount of $570,000. Not so long ago, Gus Hansen and Viktor Blom were involved in a very exciting competition ran by Full Tilt Poker, with each of them captaining a team of players who want free rolls.
That was a fun and exciting competition, but this time they didn’t sit down at the same tables, instead Viktor Blom played against Doug Polk. It was a bad decision for the Swedish professional, as the $500/$1000 CAP NLHE tables action resulted in a $300,000 loss. Some of the money were recuperated later in the day, but the weekend itself was disappointing. The fact that Viktor lost the biggest hands due to bad luck alone as he played brilliantly, it is only a pale consolation.
Gus Hansen finished the day as the biggest winner, with $526,000 and the entire weekend filled his coffers with $850,000. This is more than the other three successful players collected together, with WCGRider, Kagome Kagome and thecortster all winning a six digit amount.