Gus Hansen - The Comeback?
What a difference six months make. On September 1st of last year, I wrote the blog Gus Hansen - Maybe It's Time to Retire. That blog was written after it was revealed that since 2007, Hansen had lost over $9.23 million on Full Tilt Poker.
Enter the 2010 WSOP Europe. Hansen makes the final of the Heads-Up Event and takes it down for his first ever WSOP bracelet. Quite an accomplishment for a guy that I was saying should consider retirement, but he still had a massive loss on Full Tilt.
Enter 2011. Most of the poker world is watching Isildur1, Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates, Ivey, and durrrr. While the world was following the superstars, Hansen was in rebuilding mode. He starting winning and here and there we heard murmurs of "Hansen is winning so far this year, but this is Gus, so let's see how it goes."
A few hundred thousand then became $1 million, and then $1 million became $2 million. Now, Hansen was drawing the online railbirds' attention once again. Some are wondering if he will collapse and lose it all back to the community, while others are wondering how high he can go.
After this past week, Hansen has been able to bump his bankroll up to the tune of $4 million. That's right folks, Gus is up $4 million. Granted, in years past he has been up huge and then lost it all back, but this year seems different. Part of it may be because he isn't losing half million dollar pots to individuals, but maybe Hansen has found a groove.
Could this be short-term variance? Yes. Will he continue this huge streak and win back all his losses this year? Probably not.
Will he lose all his current profits back to the poker community? While there is still plenty of time left in the year, this feels different. We may definitely be in the middle of the Gus Hansen comeback, at least bankroll wise. I'm going to say no, but I think Hansen finishes the year up between $2.5 and $3 million.
I really wish I could take credit for this turnaround, but I don't have any real influence on Hansen. He has probably never read my blog or heard of me. Of course, I say he should retire and then he not only wins a bracelet but also runs up $4 million on Full Tilt?
Maybe I will try this again around WSOP and post "Andy Bloch should retire." Can't hurt right?