Gus Hansen Returns To High-Stakes Poker SceneAugust 30, 2016 10:14 am
According to HighstakesDB, the last time Gus Hansen played online poker was in January 2015, at which time he had racked up -$20,737,007 in losses at Full Tilt, and a further -$1,392,000 in losses playing high stakes cash games at PokerStars. Soon after, the Great Dane vanished from poker’s limelight, but it would appear that Hansen is not quite ready to leave it all behind just yet, and has now made a questionable return to the high-stakes mixed games scene.
Prior to his unexpected appearance on PokerStars under the screen name “broksi”, Hansen was seen in action at the Bellagio in Las Vegas playing a $1500/$3000 game with Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius and Doyle Brunson. While the experience left Negreanu feeling nostalgic, it did also demonstrate that Hansen’s bankroll was still well padded, and that he still missed his previous lifestyle at the nosebleed stakes.
Luckily for Hansen, he still maintains some wariness of the online arena, and over the past few days while he has been seen competiting at PokerStars, this time around, though, it was mostly at the relatively small stakes of $200/$400 and $300/$600 across a variety of games, including Triple Draw, Limit Omahi Hi/Lo, and FLO8. According to some reports, Hansen then managed to turn a profit of around $70,000 during his sessions, but in the end gave it all back and then some to end in the hole by -$7,498.
Competing against Hansen were such top pros as Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky, Alexander “joiso” Kostritsyn, and Timofey “Trueteller” Kuznetsov. Whether Hansen’s experience at PokerStars’ cash tables has now inspired him to try his luck further against some of the game’s best online players, or whether it was just a trip down memory lane, remains to be seen. In any case, Hansen’s mere appearance seems to have been enough to drum up a bit of extra interest in the high stakes action currently taking place at PokerStars.