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Gus Hansen wins first WSOP bracelet

Poker News RSS / Matthew Pitt / 27 September 2010 / Leave a Comment

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Photo courtesy of WSOP.com

Photo courtesy of WSOP.com

Gus Hansen was probably the most successful tournament poker player not to have won a WSOP bracelet, having won three World Poker Tour titles and over $8,000,000. But now he has got the proverbial monkey off his back after taking down the £10,350 High-roller Heads-up event at the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe.

This event was meant to finish on September 23 but had to be postponed due to the first two best of three matches between Hansen and Jim "Mr_BigQueso" Collopy running into the small hours and then both players being tied up playing in the Main Event the following day. When the two did return to the felt it was a sudden death match where the winner would get the bracelet and £288,409, whilst the runner-up would walk away with £178,211.

The players traded blows early on in the match but then a real cooler of a hand gave the advantage to Hansen. In the thand Hansen limped on the button, Collopy raised and Hansen called so both players saw the 8s-Jh-Jd flop. Collopy lead out with a 78,000 bet and Hansen made the call. The 5d arrived on the turn and this time Collopy checked, then called a 128,000 bet from "The Great Dane." Collopy once again checked when the 2d fell on the river leading to the media and railbirds wondering what holdings the two players could have. After a short while Hansen announced he was all-in and Collopy snap-called him before letting out a groan as it was apparent his QdJc for trip jacks had been rivered by Hansen's 2c2h which had made a full house.

Despite this sucker blow Collopy managed to fight back but Hansen always looked the more comfortable of the two players. After almost three hours of play the final hand took place. Hansen made it 91,000 to play but then had to go into the tank as Collopy moved all-in for around 1,200,000 chips. After telling his opponent that he was tired and then saying, "this is probably a bit light, but I call" before turning over a pair of red fours, in front, but only just, of Collopy's Ks4s. A flop of Js-5c-6d widened Hansen's advantage and when the turn and river came the Ts and 3d respectively Hansen held every chip in play and had claimed his first World Series of Poker bracelet.

Ironically Hansen is close friends with Phil "The Unabomber" Laak who he used to share an apartment with in New York a few years ago. Laak also won his first WSOP bracelet at this year's World Series of Poker Europe and both players did so sporting plaster casts! Laak broke his arm in a quad-bike crash whilst Hansen has been hobbling around on crutches for the past couple of months after injuring his Achilles tendon.

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