Gus Hansen’s Stuck More than $1.5 million in the Online Nosebleed Stakes Games Last Week

by Lou on October 9, 2010

“I lost a little,” is the phrase most poker players use when they’ve had an awful session and are trying to tell their spouse about it in a palatable way.  But there’s no easily swallowed way to put some perspective on Gus Hansen’s week—and year.  The “Great Dane” played nearly 8,850 hands and by week’s end was stuck $1.5 million.

In a long session of $500-$1,000 against online players DrugsOrMe, Urindanger and skjervoy, Hansen’s clock was cleaned to the tune of $850,000, of which the lion’s share, $503,000 to be exact, was won by DrugsOrMe.

But this is not an isolated incident, and Hansen is now down $3.6 million for the year, making him the biggest loser among big-money online players, whose results are public knowledge.

I admit to some confusion about all this.  I recall reading earlier this year that Hansen planned to take time off to rebuild his game because of a spate of disastrous results that led up to his decision.  So what did he do?  Was there a rebuilding effort that failed?  Did he make an effort work to rebuild his game?  If he did try to remake his game, why are his results as bad as they were prior to his efforts?  Is it just a case of random variance? Are his opponents progressing and raising their games at a more rapid rate than he is?  Or is he still employing the same tactics, strategy, and style that’s come up empty this year—and if he is, does he honestly believe that following this same game plan will somehow produce different results?

I don’t know.  I’m not sure anyone does—least of all not Hansen, or else he’d be taking steps to stem the tide of red ink.

Nosebleed stakes poker can be a brutal game, and when you’re playing a number of tables simultaneously, a leak can be exploited in a much bigger way than it ever could in a brick-and-mortar game, where you’re only playing one table at a time and a player’s leaks are not quantified nearly so precisely as they are online.

Hansen’s tremendous losses weren’t the only story this week as Isildur1 returned to the high stakes table in earnest and Tom Dwan re-established himself as the biggest winner in 2010.

The now semi-legendary Isildur1 is back, though in a slightly smaller way than he was earlier this year.  Nevertheless, he lost close to $200,000 playing $100-$200 no-limit hold’em against a variety of adversaries.

But all these losses have to go somewhere, and they appear to be going to Tom Dwan, who won approximately $1 million in recent days, to push his 2010 winnings to more than $4 million, which makes him 2010’s biggest winner.

{ 2 comments }

RakebackReward October 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Gustav really is something else. I used to think he was running bad, but then if you revisit blog posts of the rising stars from the past 2 years you will see that sometimes they let slip that Gus was always the mark in those nose bleed games after Guy Laliberte. It just seems like he hasn’t put in the effort to improve his game and still has delusions of grandeur when it comes down to self assessment of his skill level..

I suppose its entertaining for the poker nerds like us out there who like to see the big and mighty self destruct!

Penn State Clips October 22, 2010 at 6:04 pm

“Nosebleed stakes poker can be a brutal game, and when you’re playing a number of tables simultaneously, a leak can be exploited in a much bigger way than it ever could in a brick-and-mortar game, where you’re only playing one table at a time and a player’s leaks are not quantified nearly so precisely as they are online.”

Why wouldn’t Gus cut back to one table at a time to allow him to focus completely on the task at hand?

Ego? Maybe he’s a degen who needs the action?

I just don’t get it, it’s not rational.

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