Gus Hansen Wins First WSOP Bracelet

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Hansen-Collopy-Heads-UpIt was only a matter of time for Gus “The Great Dane” Hansen to win a WSOP Bracelet. Gus has been in the poker spotlight for several years now and featured on many high stakes games both offline and online. He managed to win WSOPE Event #4, the ₤10,000 buy-in High-Roller No-Limit Hold’em Heads-Up Championship beating out a field of 103 top players and earning ₤288,409 ($467,000 CAD) and presented with his first  WSOP gold bracelet.

Hansen is 36 years old and hails from Denmark but lives in Monaco now. Even though he has never won a bracelet he is a legend in the game, amassing millions in wins.

The final match endured for 3 hours. Three days prior in semi-finals, they played a whole 12-hours, much longer than expected and both players , who had tied one match a piece, agreed to postpone the final match so it does not interfere with their participation in the Main Event.

The decisive hand in the match was when Hansen made a full house consisting of deuces full of jacks versus Collopy’s three Jacks with ace in the hole. The pot was large enough to give the advantage to Hansen in a big way. The match was finally over about an hour later with Hansen winning it with pocket fours.

Hansen’s road to victory put him at crossroads with some dangerous competitors. The danger spots included each of seven rounds of heads-up matches.  He overcame some formidable opponents, including Max Steinburg, Mark Everett, Phil Ivey, Neil Channing, Andrew Feldman and finally Jim Collopy.

Collopy, a.k.a. “Mr. Big Queso,” originally from Washington, DC and now resides in London, finished in 2nd place, pocketing £178,211 ($289,000 CAD).

The total net prize pool amounted to ₤1,030,000 and paid the top 16 finishers.

Congratulations Gus! Well deserved.

(photo credit – Greasie Wheels)

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