Gus Hansen had a marvelous year on the World Poker Tour where he was the only one to make it to the last game in three of the tournaments. Gus Hansen has been seen on High Stakes Poker on GSN where he paid $400, 000 to play. You may remember one of the largest pots in high stakes poker history competing against Daniel Negreanu. Hansen secured a huge pot with quads against Daniel’s full house. Gus has made many tv poker appearances and is thought to be one of the strongest players in the world. While betting on internet poker, another side of Hansen has been seen. Gus regularly competes in the 200/400 NL max buy-in of Forty Thousand dollars. Hansen generally buys-in for the minimum of $16, 000 and gambles very weak. He waits patiently for a good hand and then pushes all in. I know Gus is a great poker player but certainly not even close to the everyday players at 200/400NL. Unless he is flat broke, he has no reason to settle at the table with the minimum buy-in.

Buying in for the minimum takes a majority of the skill out of deep stack poker. Hansen is presumed to be one of the greatest poker players anywhere in the world but he cannot buy-in for the total dollar value. I think television can skew our perception of the real world at times. The best players anywhere in the world could be players you have will not have heard of before. Gus can be found betting on net poker on Full Tilt. He usually participates in big stakes omaha hold’em and texas hold’em. Gus has shown himself as a tournament player. Can he back up his abilities in money rounds?