Gus Hansen has taken a lot of heat recently for the large amount of money he has lost in online poker over the past few years. Of course, sitting at poker tables with the absolute best players in the world is sure to drain anyone’s bankroll – even with all of the rakeback you earn at the highest stakes.
In any case, Hansen rebounded in a big way by winning the £10,000 High Roller Heads-Up event at the World Series of Poker Europe. Of course, winning this poker tournament wasn’t as easy as Hansen would have preferred since he had to go deep into the third match of a best two-out-of-three contest. Fortunately for Hansen, he was able to play poker well enough to pull away from his opponent Jim Collopy and win the tourney.
After winning the High Roller Heads-Up casino poker event, Gus Hansen earned £288,409 while Jim Collopy made £178,211 for second place. And while the prize money is definitely nice, the fact that Hansen cruised through an extremely tough field to win his first ever WSOP* bracelet is even sweeter.
Daniel Negreanu, Huck Seed, Phil Ivey, Neil Channing, and Andrew Feldman are just a few of the players Hansen outlasted to take home this prestigious victory. And in the process of winning, Gus will never have his name included in those painful discussions about who the best internet poker player to never win a bracelet is.
One more great thing about Hansen’s big win is that he can add it to an already impressive collection of wins; Hansen has won an Aussie Millions title along with 3 World Poker Tour victories (he was the first person to do this). Gus has earned over $8 million in live tournament winnings too, which makes him one of the best tourney players of all-time.
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