Gus Hansen enjoyed 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 events. Gus Hansen has appeared on High Stakes Poker on GSN where he paid $400, 000 to play. You might remember one of the biggest pots in high stakes poker recorded history against Daniel Negreanu. He secured a huge pot with 4 of a kind against Daniel’s full house. Gus has made many tv poker appearances and is thought to be one of the best players around the world. While competing in online poker, another side of Hansen has been seen. Gus frequently plays in the 200/400 No Limit maximum buy-in of $40, 000. Gus more often than not buys in for the min of Sixteen Thousand dollars and plays very weak. He sits there waiting for a decent hand and then goes all in. I accept that Hansen is an amazing poker player but certainly not even close to the regular players at 200/400NL. Unless he is flat broke, he has little or no reason to settle at the table with the min buy-in.
Playing for the min takes most of the ability out of deep stack poker. Hansen is supposed to be 1 of the greatest players in the world but he can’t buy in for the full amount. I think television can alter our perception of the real world every now and then. The greatest poker players anywhere in the world might be guys you have won’t have heard about. Gus can be found playing internet poker on Full Tilt. He generally participates in high stakes omaha hold’em and texas hold’em. Gus has shown himself as a competition player. Can he back up his skills in cash games?