Gus Hansen is back. The Great Dane has had his share of ups and downs (mostly downs) in the virtual world. But apparently Hansen has been woodshedding his game and he's poised to make a comeback. Perhaps it's time for the Scandis to return to the apex of the poker world and let Gus Hansen loose against the wave of unbeatable German wunderkinds.? Gus Hansen sat down with Joey Ingram to appear on an episode of the Poker Life podcast.
"You are going to see me a lot in Vegas this year. This summer is going to be great," said Hansen, who wants to focus more on the live game and cash games. He mentioned he'd be playing a couple WSOP events like the 50K and the Main Event and cash games.
Ingram asked Hansen if he'd play the One Drop, but he scoffed at the notion and exhibited some restraint. "There's better ways for me to spend $1 million." Wow, this is really the new Gus Hansen? Okay, he said he'd try a satellite, bit won't buy in directly.
Hansen has been spotted in Vegas at the Bellagio the last couple of weeks and it wasn't to sweat March Madness. "I like the Bobby's Room mix. We play a multiple of games." Over the last three weeks, Hansen said he's been excelling in the split games.
What inspired the comeback wondered Ingram? "I've been laying low. Everyone knows I've had some bad years, especially online poker," explained Hansen. "Felt like it was time to get better at poker. So, let's stick to live (poker) and see how it goes."
And here's some Gus-speak...
On Jungleman, "He's a tad bit crazy."
On PLO, "I'm trying to get better. It's a big flaw of mine."
On his style of poker, "I'm definitely a backgammon player."
On table image, "I am somewhere between mad and insane."
On silent players on TV tables, "They think they will get knocked out by saying a word."
Watch the episode of Poker Life with Gus Hansen here...
Meanwhile, the day after the interview, Joey Ingram sweated some high stakes PLO on partypoker. Hansen said he was looking to play smaller stakes like 5/10 PLO to try out some things/strategy before a big trip to Vegas. And then Ingram found the Great Dane getting down and dirty in the tall weeds with the big dogs. Hansen joined a PLO table with Sam Trickett and Leon Tsoukernik playing 100/200 stakes. A ginormous hand developed between Loose Leon and the Great Dane. The board was . With $42K in pot, Leon bet the pot. Hansen shoved for $146.7K.
Hansen held pocket Aces and two spades for the nut flush draw (plus bonus Royal Flush draw) with :10s vs. Leon's top pair and . Hansen turned a flush and then added insult to the injury by rivering the Queen of Spades for the Royal Flush. Ah ha, the royal Dane. Ship it to Denmark.
Watch the hand and some GTO analysis by Joey Ingram here...