Gus Hansen wins Full Tilt Poker Million IX

While Gus Hansen normally spends most of his time playing online at Full Tilt Poker and collecting their fantastic 27% rakeback deals, Hansen recently won a Full Tilt-sponsored casino poker event called Million IX.

This high-profile poker tournament featured eight players including the likes of Patrik Antonius, Howard Lederer, Barny Boatman and 2010 WSOP Europe Main Event champion James Bord. The event was also shown on the UK’s Sky Sports Network, and lots of viewers tuned in to see who would win the $1 million top prize.

Unfortunately for Antonius, he would be the first player to lose out on the first place prize after Bord flopped a straight against him. Not long after this elimination, Hansen had Lederer dominated when Lederer went all-in with A-8 only to be called by Hansen’s A-J combo. Lederer’s hand failed to improve and he was knocked out of the tournament in seventh place.

Online poker qualifiers Gary Peniket and Seth Webber were the next players to be bounced from the tournament. Webber helped increase Hansen’s chip stack even more after being eliminated in sixth place, while Peniket can blame the poker gods for his elimination. Peniket had Bord dominated preflop with K-Q to K-10; however, the flop gave Bord a pair of 10’s and Peniket got no help from the board.

Down to four-handed play, Hansen still had a pretty sizable lead on the rest of the poker table. But Tony Bloom looked to change this as he flopped an ace with A-3 to knock Barney Boatman and his pocket 10’s out of the tourney in fourth place. Next, Bloom hit a two pair to eliminate Bord in third place when Bord failed to seal his open-ended straight draw.

When heads-up play began, Bloom was only 140k poker chips behind Hansen. But Hansen quickly distanced himself from Bloom after catching pocket queens on the first hand, and forcing Bloom to call huge raises. One hand later, Bloom went all-in with A-6 only to find out he was dominated by Hansen and his A-8 combo. The board gave Bloom nothing, yet gave Hansen another major poker title to go along with his already impressive collection.

Besides the Full Tilt Poker Million IX win, Hansen also has three WPT titles, an Aussie Millions title and a WSOPE bracelet.

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