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It’s Phil Ivey A Fish?

Phil Ivey is considered by many the best all-around poker player in the world, however, lately when he sits at an online high stakes table in Full Tilt Poker there is a growing number of players willing to play against him. And, perhaps counterintuitively, he will generally finish his session in the same fashion that your drunken neighbor’s night, at the weekly homegame, inevitably ends: with heavy loses.

In fact since poker’s own Black Friday Ivey has dropped a whopping 6.4 million dollars in 194,847 hands played over a span of less than three years, he is amazingly the big fish in this games only surpassed by “The Great Dane” Gus Hansen who is down a cool 17.5 million dollars since Black Friday. Maybe just “The Dane” will be more fitting?

So has Ivey suddenly become terrible at poker? of course not. He is just facing the same problem that many poker players suffer in casinos and poker sites all over the world: bad table election. Simply explained, if you sit the ninth best poker player in a game where the other eight best players happen to be seated, he is bound to lose his shirt.

Easily the biggest factor that comes in play at bad table selection is a poker player’s ego, and we’re not talking your regular nobody can beat me at “whatever silly sporty thing”, no, poker player’s ego is in a league by itself. It’s such a psychological conundrum that should need teams of doctors devoted to it, if not entire universities, just to get a shot at solving it.

So, next time you visit your local casino and find a hundred regular looking poker players, you can be quite sure you just found one hundred persons who feel sorry for the other ninety nine poor souls that are about to be torn apart by their superior poker skills. It’s easy to see then, why this poker masterminds can’t be bothered to take a minute to walk around the poker room looking for the most lucrative tables. But you should. Because in poker success is measured very easily: how much you win.

Of course there are benefits to sitting in a game with a bunch of players better than you. You’ll stand lo learn a lot of useful lessons on how to beat yourself, and all this for the mere prize of the contents of your wallet. Is it worth it? Phil Ivey thinks it is. Or is he just another fish?

Is Gus Hansen a Degen?

Gus Hansen is not having the best of times at the poker tables these days. The multiple WPT winner has never had the best of runs on the online felt, but recently it seems he has started to spiral, leading many to ask, “Is Gus Hansen a degen?”

As of the end of the 4th of November 2013, Gus had lifetime online losses of$13,908,337. About $3.21m of these losses were before Full Tilt changed hands, but the lion’s share of the losses have been since Full Tilt re-launched with Gus part of the three man “Professional” Full Tilt Poker sponsored team.

I talked to Hansen back in March of 2013 at the Season 9 London stop of the PokerStars European Poker Tour. We discussed his losses, and why he thought he was on a downward trend with his online results.

 

 

 

Gus Hansen at WSOP 2006 Rio, Las Vegas
Gus Hansen at WSOP 2006 Rio, Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

As you can see, Gus seemed aware that he wasn’t optimising his chances at the table, but based on what’s happened since, I have to think not much has changed.

He claimed to be “rusty” but considering he’s been playing online consistently all year, that can’t be an ongoing factor in his losses. He’s had more than enough time to knock the rust off his game, so there must be other factors impacting his inability to win in any consistent manner. Maybe he’s not giving the games his full concentration, in his words “being Sloppy…” and playing while watching TV, or maybe he’s a little “lazy” and not working to improve his game. Back in 2002 he was one of the best players on the circuit, but the game has advanced a long way from those heady pre-Moneymaker days. If Gus hasn’t kept up to date with the cutting edge theories in the games he’s playing, while his competition has, it puts him at a massive disadvantage, and would significantly impact his winning potential.

Full Tilt Professional Gus Hansen

Gus Hansen at the Season 9 London EPT

Hansen also talked about his game selection. Gus consistently seeks out the best players online, and proceeds to sit at tables that maybe 3 players in the world could expect to break even at in the long term, let alone be a consistent winner. Sitting at these table, he then seems to be support several professional poker players around the world including “SallyWoo,” Alexander “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn, and fellow Full Tilt “Professional” Viktor Blom. Gus even seemed to know he was outclassed in some of his matchups, saying Alex “Alexonmoon” Luneau was the best 2-7TD player, while “SallyWoo” was the best FLO8 player. Thing is, he has kept playing them. Alex may not have been online in months, but he left the high stakes games with a big chunk of Gus’s bankroll. SallyWoo has also been a regular in the line to pick Hansen’s pocket.

So we have to ask ourselves, why does Gus keep doing this? It seems he’s outclassed at the elite end of the current online cash games, and has lost more than one fortune in playing them. His sponsorship deal with Full Tilt isn’t going to be enough to cover these losses, in fact I doubt it even scratches the surface. Hansen has some small live victories in the past 12 months, but these are equivalent to a very small drop in the ocean. We don’t know about Gus’s other income, including what he may have won playing live cash and Open Face Chinese Poker. Regardless of the other potential income sources Gus may have, it doesn’t change the fact Hansen seems to haemorrhage his bankroll every time he logs into Full Tilt.

I have to consider why Gus keeps doing this. He may have a requirement in his Full Tilt contract to play certain games, but what ever the penalty might be to break the terms of his contract can’t be worse than the losses he seems to encounter every month.

The question about Gus’s motives always seem to return to the statement “Is Gus Hansen a Degen?”

What do you think?

Isildur1 & Gus Hansen Enjoy Six Figure Days at the Nosebleeds

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It’s been a while since both Viktor “Isildur1” Blom and Gus Hansen both enjoyed good days at Full Tilt’s high stakes tables, but yesterday they ended up as numbers 1 and 2 on the daily leaderboard. Blom was the day’s biggest winner with a $177.1k win at the mixed game tables.

Once again, Blom’s adversary was Alexander “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn, and this time the pair played for a little over four hours during two evening sessions, punctuated only by a change of table.

Although it was a swingy match, PostflopAction never managed anything other than breaking even throughout the match, as Isildur1 built a near $200k lead with just over an hour of the match gone. However, the lead was short lived, as PostflopAction responded well, wiping out Blom’s lead as the young Russian momentarily took the lead in the match at around the half way mark. The final two hours, though, saw the Full Tilt pro rebuild his big lead, and he eventually ended the match with a $177k win.

Gus Hansen made all his money from the limit games. His early games were all heads-up at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables. He won $26k from Kagome Kagome in a morning session, and ended up, after a back and forth battle with PostflopAction, with a total of $94.4k profit from the Triple Draw tables after three afternoon bouts with the young Russian.

After a couple of hours hiatus from the tables, Hansen was back, to take on KPR16 at the FLO8 tables. He started the match well, adding a further $60k to his daily haul, before KPR16 hit a good run, which totally wiped out Hansens’s daily profit, and plunged him into the red by around $30k for the day.

During the last 40 hands of their 215 hand battle, however, Hansen hit a huge run of cards which enabled him to end the session up $42k and up $136.4k

There were no other six figure winners yesterday.

Yesterday’s Biggest Winners

Isildur1 +$177.1k

Gus Hansen +$136.4k

yurasov1990 +$75.4k

DrugsOrMe +$70.6k

High Stakes Railbird: Disaster for Benefield, Hansen Continues to Rise, & Urindanger Wins Big

The action at the Full Tilt Poker high-stakes tables was in full swing this weekend, beginning with the continuation of the “durrrr Challenge”between Daniel “jungleman12” Cates and Tom “durrrr” Dwan.

In other action, Di “Urindanger” Dang emerged as the weekend’s big winner with $655,122 in the black over the course of 27 sessions and 2,993 hands. “IHateJuice” also had a good weekend playing only three sessions and 641 hands but taking down $345,850 in profit. At the other end of the spectrum, David Benefield took a beating and became the weekend’s biggest loser, dropping $716,970.

Bad Saturday for Benefield

David Benefield had a terrible day on Saturday; he just couldn’t gain traction and lost $386,000 playing $500/$1000 pot-limit Omaha againstPatrik Antonius. To make matters worse, he went on to lose almost $240,000 in the $200/$400 PLO cap game against numerous other players.

In one of Benefield’s worst hands, he was sitting with $158,393 when Antonius ($241,525) raised to $3,000 on the button. Benefield reraised to $9,000 and Antonius made the call as the flop came down {8-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}. Benefield, first to act, led out for $12,000, which Antonius called.

The turn was the {5-Diamonds} and once again Benefield led out, this time to the tune of $32,000. Antonius called and the {3-Clubs} appeared on the river. Benefield moved all-in for a little over $105,000, and Antonius quickly called. Benefield turned over {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{J-Hearts} for two pair while Antonius showed {6-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{K-Spades}{A-Diamonds} for a full house. With that, Antonius took down the $317k pot and added to Benefield’s weekend woes.

Hansen Headed for the Black

Gus Hansen has been back to his winning ways in recent months and is looking to rectify his disastrous start to 2010. On Sunday, he made some progress by winning $281,000 in the $200/$400 and $500/$1,000 PLO cap games. It was in the $500/$1,000 game that Hansen played 231 hands against “DrugsOrMe,” winning $183,000 in the process.

In one particular hand against Di “Urindanger” Dang ($96,097.50), Hansen ($43,897.50) was on the button and raised to $3,000. Dang pushed back with a reraise to $9,000, and Hansen opted to make it $27,000 to go. Dang called and the pair created a pot worth $54,000 before the flop, which came down {Q-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}. Dang led out for a bet of $16,000 and Hansen called, capping the pot in the process.

Hansen: {A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{5-Spades}{K-Spades}
Dang: {6-Clubs}{9-Spades}{7-Clubs}{A-Clubs}

Both players agreed to run it twice and the {7-Spades} on the first run gave Dang two pair and the lead; however, the {Q-Spades} on the river counterfeited his two pair and gave Hansen the first half of the pot. On the second run, the turn was the {2-Spades} and the river the {Q-Hearts}, giving Hansen the same two pair. He managed to win both runs and scoop the $80,000 pot.

Urindanger Gets His Revenge

Although he lost the aforementioned hand to Gus Hansen, not everything went wrong for Di “Urindanger” Dang; he did end up the biggest winner over the weekend. In the following hand he not only managed to notch a win, but he also got some revenge against Hansen.

Hansen ($40,867) was on the button and raised to $3,000. Dang ($209,112.50) then reraised to $9,000, Hansen called, and the flop fell {4-Hearts}{J-Spades}{9-Spades}. Dang led out for $18,000, Hansen raised to $31,000, and Dang called to cap the pot.

Dang: {5-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{7-Hearts}
Hansen: {K-Spades}{7-Spades}{8-Hearts}{5-Spades}

Dang was ahead with his pair of jacks, but Hansen had picked up a flush draw. The pair agreed to run it twice and the first run came {J-Hearts},{J-Diamonds} to give Dang the first half of the pot with quads. On the second run, the turn was the {6-Diamonds}, giving both players straight draws, but the {Q-Diamonds} helped neither and Dang won again to scoop the $80,000 pot.

Who’s up? Who’s down?

This week’s biggest winners (11/26-11/29): Di “Urindanger” Dang (+$655,112), “IHateJuice” (+$345,850), Rami “Arbianight” Boukai(+$277,764), “DrugsOrMe” (+$231,035), “rumprammer” (+$216,326)

In the red: David Benefield (-$716,970), “davin77” (-$274,106), “GooGie MonA” (-$174,544), Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies (-$170,612)

Year to Date Winners: Daniel “jungleman12” Cates (+$4.63 million), Tom “durrrr” Dwan (+$4.02 million), Phil Ivey (+$3.02 million)

Year to Date Losers: Brian Townsend (-$2.53 million), Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies (-1.91 million), “Matatuk” (-1.53 million)

source: pokernews.com