Gus Hansen Wins First World Series of Poker Bracelet
After a very long wait filled with huge triumphs Danish poker pro Gus Hansen has finally won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet after winning Event #4 in the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe on September 26, 2010. This win comes after a well documented career of winning that includes 3 World Poker Tour titles and a great number of final table appearances. Hansen only requires a European Poker Tour title to complete poker’s “Triple Crown”.
How Gus Hansen Won Event #4 at the World Series of Poker Europe
Event #4 at the 2010 WSOPE was a Heads Up event which meant that a player would advance only after beating their single opponent. After everything was all said and done the original 103 players who paid the £10,000 buy-in Gus Hansen and Jim Collopy were the final two players looking to secure the best of 3 matches final heads up match. Hansen took match #1 on Day 3 of the event and Collopy came from behind in match #2 to snatch a quick victory away from Hansen and thus ended Day 3 of Event #4 on Thursday September 23rd. The final match would not be played until September 26th.
The difficulty in finishing the best-of-three heads-up matches was that the WSOPE Main Event was happening and both Gus Hansen and Jim Collopy were entered into the event. Finally, both players sat down at 6:00pm local time in London and after three hours of play Hansen bested Collopy with a pair of fours to Collopy’s suited King-Four. For the win Hansen brought home £288,000 ($454,000 USD). More importantly Hansen achieved his dream of winning a World Series of Poker bracelet solidifying his place as one of poker’s best players and silencing his doubters.
Hansen now brings his total WSOP earnings to nearly $1 million after seven cashes, four top 10 finishes, two final tables, and one very satisfying victory. This win comes to Gus Hansen amid one of his most prolific downswings in the online poker side of his game.
Hansen’s Ups and Downs with Online Poker
This year Gus Hansen has had one of the deepest downswings of anyone playing high stakes poker online. Before winning his bracelet on the 26th Hansen was down nearly $2 million in online poker play. His losing was coming on strong after the World Series of Poker ended in Las Vegas this year with a few small wins, but with his new bracelet Hansen seems to have upped his online game too. Fresh from his WSOPE win Hansen went on to ship over $650,000 his way on Full Tilt Poker’s $1,000/$2,000 H.O.R.S.E., $500/$1,000 Cap PL Omaha and $300/$600 PL Omaha tables on September 27th.
In 2,268 hands against Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Urindanger, harrington25, and Brian Townsend, Hansen dominated the competition winning a few key six-figure pots. This huge score helped dig the “Great Dane” out of his hole to be down just $1.4 million for 2010. If the winning streak continues Hansen may be in a position to post a nice online profit for 2010 to go along with his new World Series of Poker bracelet.