Gus Hansen Wins Full Tilt Poker Million IX

Danish pro Gus Hansen has just nicely capped an excellent 2010 by taking down Full Tilt Poker’s Million IX tournament for an impressive $1 million dollars.
The Sky Sports televised event was a 48 player invitational shoot-out tournament spread out over several heats, with the final set in London.
Those players who won their heat to make it through all the way to the final included Gus Hansen, Howard Lederer, Patrik Antonius, Barny Boatman, James Bord, Seth Webber and online qualifier Gary Peniket.
First to be eliminated from the final table was Patrik Antonius, who was dealt an A9 and got all his chips in on a 9-7-6 flop only to find James Bord had already completed his straight holding a T-8.
Gus Hansen then proceeded to gather chips by making accurate assessments of his opponent’s hands, by first getting Bord to fold with A-T off on an ace-high, draw heavy flop and then by calling Lederer’s A-8s all-in move holding A-J, to eliminate Lederer from the competition.
Gus holding A-8 then knocked Seth Webber out after a short-stacked Webber holding A-6 reraised Hansen all-in,.
Online qualifier Gary Peniket was next  to depart, followed by Barny Boatman who went in for his remaining eight big blinds with Q-Ts only to be called by Gus with A-K who then made two pair.
James Bord went out in 3rd spot after pushing his remaining seven big blinds with T-5o, and being seen by Bloom with 9-8o. A 9-8-7 flop gave Bord outs which failed to materialize and so the stage was set for a Gus Hansen/Tony Bloom showdown.
Just a few hands into their heads-up encounter, Hansen made a standard raise with A-8s, only to have Bloom push all-in over the top with A-6s. Hansen deliberated a while before making the big call and then an eight on the flop all but sealed Bloom’s fate.
Commenting on the final hand, Hansen said: “Tony had been very aggressive three handed, I would be a liar if I said I knew what he had, but I felt I had enough equity to call; it was going to be the deciding hand.”
Congratulations to Gus Hansen on playing such a great final and adding the Poker Million IX title to his WSOP Europe heads-up bracelet he captured a couple of months ago for $469,721.
Gus Hansen has now earned $8,675,464 from live tournament wins and now moves to number 15 on poker’s all time tournament money list.

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