Gus Hansen, poker professional and skilled strategist at the green tables, recently lost a whopping sum of 2 million USD while playing at Full Tilt Poker.
Surprisingly, prior to this, Gus Hansen had been riding on a terrific winning streak during the days when Full Tilt Poker was operational and had not fallen into disrepute with Black Friday. However, now that the Full Tilt Poker site has re-opened with the help of PokerStars, Gus Hansen is not doing very well. His luck has turned for the worse and the poker pro has already lost 2 million in the few days that the Full Tilt Poker site has been online.
Gus Hansen is one of main faces for the new Full Tilt Poker team and was one of first few players to rejoin the site. However, now that he has lost 2 million, it remains to be seen whether Full Tilt Poker still holds its lucky charm or if it will bring bad luck to its best players. Although dropping big bucks is not new to Gus Hansen, it is disappointing that Full Tilt Poker’s biggest numbers of the week come from Hansen’s loss.
Last year, he had problems with losing too deep as well,
I made some corrections to mistakes I’ve been making. My focus is a little better, and I stopped playing too loose in some situations…Most of the work has been my own stubbornness in keeping at it, even though my results were excruciatingly poor
Another factor that could be contributing is the lack of US player traffic to the Full Tilt Poker site. Many US players are waiting for the sun to shine on their money tied up with the US Department of Justice, while the European players are playing high roller poker and dropping millions.
A very sympathetic Hansen commented,
Unfortunately I’m not in a position to put any pressure of any kind on the Department of Justice…I don’t have any superhero powers. I wish I did, but I don’t have any say. I really hope that with the settlement Americans are paid back. Hopefully [the government] will fulfil its obligation.
In terms of his relationship and opinion regarding working with Full Tilt Poker again, Hansen supports the brand but prefers not to have any discussion about those people like Ray Bitar and Chris Ferguson who had been involved in the Black Friday problems, whether it was “positive or negative direction.”
Hansen also added that where Full Tilt Poker and the online poker industry were concerned “poker has taken a hit,” but that it’s starting to “regain some momentum.”