WSOPE Event #4 NLHE High-Roller HU: Gus Hansen Wins

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2010. September 27.
After a number of delays, the 4th event of the 2010 <em>World Series of Poker Europe</em> in London finally has a winner: <strong>Gus<em> &rsquo;The Great Dane&rsquo; </em>Hansen</strong>, who finally collected his first <em>WSOP</em> golden bracelet ever.
The event was paused first because the early stages took longer than expected and later because it came to an even after two matches and both Hansen and Jim Collopy agreed to suspend the HU for the sake of the Main Event. As far as ‘Mr. Big Queso’ is concerned, this was his first live final table appearance, while Hansen had been expected for quite a while to finally win a bracelet he long deserved. As soon as both were eliminated in the Main Event, the third and final match of the HU event went underway, enjoying an almost unprecedented attention from the media.

Gus Hansen WSOPE 2010

About two hours in the game, Hansen won a hand that might well be considered the most decisive of all: he rivered a full house (Deuces over Jacks) against Collopy’s triple Jacks, taking a 2:1 lead which he maintained for the remainder of the play. An hour later, Collopy went all-in pre-flop with {#}K {#}4 which the Dane called, showing {#}4 {#}4 . Even the flush draw he picked up on the turn could not save Collopy as he missed both a fifth spade and a King and thus Hansen won. Here is a video of the final hand.



On his way to the final table, Hansen bested a field of poker pros including Max Steinburg, Mark Everett, Phil Ivey and Neil Channing, eventually cashing in £288,409 out of the £1,030,000 total prize pool, which is also a record for WSOPE side events. “Every poker tournament that I enter, I try to play at my highest level.  I always try to win.  At the World Series of Poker, there is so much tradition.  It’s been going on since Doyle Brunson was just a little kid.  I was around for some of it and have been a part of that group.  So, to finally come here and win this gold bracelet feels very special,” he commented.
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