The Dane takes a bite out of 2011

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Gus “The Great Dane” Hansen is at it again. Last year, the Full Tilt Poker pro ran the tables, and already this year, he is looking to out pace himself. Working primarily the Pot Limit Omaha and Draw Poker games, Hansen has absolutely dominated the competition. In Draw Poker alone, Hansen has pulled in $1.8 million since November 2010. Since January 1, 2011, Hansen has already won $3 million total in online poker. Presently, this makes him 2011′s biggest winner by far. He remains extremely active on Full Tilt Poker. The past week has seen Hansen playing just under 3,000 hands, some included in his sessions with Rui Cao, Jared togel Singapore (harrington25), and rumprammer.

Keeping up his breakneck pace is almost impossible. However, if Hansen were to continue, he would profit almost $20 million on Full Tilt in 2011! At the moment, Hansen’s closest competition is FISHosaurusREX who has only $882,000 in 2011 winnings.

 

Hansen is placed at 16th in poker’s All Time Money list with north of $9 million in live tournament earnings. Notably, his cash game is known as his weak spot, with the Dane’s cash games generating a loss equal to his tournament winnings. The past 6 months, however, Full Tilt players have been exposed to an entirely different type of Gus Hansen in the cash games. Players such as Dan Cates and David Benyamine have lost a combined total of $1.5 million in Pot Limit Omaha games to Hansen. We have yet to see even the halfway point of 2011, however, and it remains to be seen how far Hansen takes his comeback.

 

Draw Poker has shifted the balance of power in the top table limits, with established pros being ousted by new names. Some of the more prominent big name losers of 2011 include Tom Dwan (durrr) and Phil Galfond (OMGClayAiken), each seeing their bank rolls dip more than $1 million.

 

Alexander_rus wins Full Tilt Poker FTOPS XIX Event #38

 

Full Tilt Online Poker Series Event #38 was a tournament not to be missed! With a $515+$20 buy-in, a $458,400 purse, and 1,146 players, fireworks were in store. The 1,146 players took to the tables to battle each other for a first prize of $103,140.

Pro Matt Sexton hosted the event. Sexton, though skilled in live play, specializes in online poker.

 

Red Pro Barney Boatman found a great deal of initial success at the table, climbing into the top 5 for almost a quarter of the tournament. With less than 60 players to go, however, his cards ran dry and he quickly dropped to 27th. Boatman rode the bottom half of the standings for the rest of the tournament. With blinds at 800/1600 and 16 players to remaining, Boatman was preyed upon, and ultimately finished in 16th, earning a respectable $2,108.64.

 

With 27 players remaining, Red Pro Julian Gardner shot up from near the bottom to 9th place. Gardner’s run continued into 6th place with four all-in bets in seven hands and took down the necessary pots to keep up with the blinds. Gardner’s rocketing ascent climaxed when AQ generated a double up, proudly sending Gardner to the final table in 3rd place.

 

The final table saw two immediate knockouts (theGrooouuuch and Lalapaloolala), with Mr_BigQueso and Hanamichi23 receiving hefty boosts to their chip count only 3 minutes into the final nine. Eliminations came thick and fast as in six quick hands, elsnoox187 was felted, Hanamichi23 hit the rail, and Antoshka left the building. The action was hot, and the cards merciless. In what felt like only moments, only four remained at the final table.

 

Julian Gardner, now in 4th place at less than half the big stack (Mr_BigQueso), sat poised. One AJ vs. KJ later and Julian Gardner found himself in first place with more than 100,000 chips! Gardner, who had been sitting at the bottom of the pack less than an hour before, defined the FTOPS Event #38 with this dramatic comeback.

 

Several hands later, the final four agreed to cut a deal. The players agreed to divide the winnings as follows:

Julian Gardner (1st): $63,755.59

xRIGAx (2nd): $61,971.91

Mr_BigQueso (3rd): $60,534.03

alexander_rus (4th): $57,446.34

 

After the deal, Alexander_rus made a comeback to win the remaining $10,933.33 left to play for, and claimed the title, concluding the action-packed Event #38.

 

The final table’s standings and payouts:

  1. alexander_rus – $64,355.43
  2. Mr_BigQueso – $63,443.12
  3. xRIGAx – $63,087.06
  4. Julian Gardner – $63,755.59
  5. Antoshka – $28,650.00
  6. Hanamichi23 – $20,628.00
  7. elsnoox187 – $13,752.00
  8. theGrooouuuch – $10,314.00
  9. Lalapaloolala – $7,334.40

 

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