Gus Hansen Closes In On WSOP Bracelet At $25k HU EventJune 2, 2011 8:07 am
After picking up his first ever bracelet at the WSOP Europe last year, Gus Hansen is now closing in on a second one at the 2011 WSOP in Las Vegas.
The $25,000 Heads-Up Championship originally drew 128 players to the event and now the Danish pro has succeeded in reaching the quarterfinals after winning four tough matches in a row. As Hansen explains:
“If I’d seen that draw ahead of time I wouldn’t have liked my chance of making it to the final eight.”
On his way to the quarterfinals, Hansen had to overcome Daniel Alaei, Greg Brooks, Jason Mercier and finally Tom Dwan in a match yesterday which he admitted he was fortunate to have won.
At one stage in the four hour match Gus Hansen was way behind Dwan before managing to stage a spectacular comeback and after then having progressed through to the next round, Gus exclaimed:
“When push comes to shove it was a very tough match and I had the luck in the end.”
The good news for Hansen is that along with the remaining players he is guaranteed to earn at least $138,852, with the semifinalists then guaranteed $283,966.
However, things will only get tougher for “The Great Dane” here on out as his next match is against another formidable player in the guise of Canadian high stakes pro Marafioti. In addition, the other players still remaining in the WSOP event include Jake Cody vs Anthony Guetti, Yevgeniy Timoshenko vs David Paredes and Eric Froehlich vs Nikolay Evdakov.
Nevertheless, Gus Hansen has shown himself to be a dangerous heads-up player in the past with his WSOP bracelet triumph in 2010 coming in the £10,350 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Heads-Up event.
Therefore, Hansen will naturally have high hopes as the remaining players return today at 3 p.m. local time and play down to its final two contenders.