Gus Hansen wins Poker Million

Gus Hansen wins Poker Million

Monday, 13 December 2010

Gus Hansen has been crowned the 2010 Full Tilt Poker Million champion after giving an almost faultless display in last night's live winner takes all final.

The Dane, who won his maiden WSOP bracelet earlier this year, added a million dollars to his bankroll after defeating Brighton and Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom heads up. Hansen played superbly throughout the six hour final table that featured the likes of Patrik Antonius, Howard Lederer and Barny Boatman.

The three time WPT winner sealed the victory after making the last of many fantastic calls. Hansen's initial 85k raise prompted a three bet shove from Bloom who was holding Ac6c. The Dane went into the tank before eventually making the call with Ad8d. The 8 kicker played giving Hansen the perfect send off to what has been a spectacular year.

Earlier in the evening Patrik Antonius was the first player to bow out, his top pair top kicker crushed by James Bord's flopped straight. Howard Lederer was the next to go, losing a blind on blind battle when his A8 couldn't outrun Gus Hansen's AJ. South African Seth Webber followed soon after with Hansen once again the victor. Webber's three bet shove with A6 was called by Hansen with A8. A queen and jack on the flop gave delivered some split pot possibilities but blanks on the turn and river sent the runner up heat winner to the rail.

Internet qualifier Gary Peniket looked in good shape when he got all his chips in the middle with KQ against James Bord's K10 but the WSOPE Main Event winner hit a flush to send Peniket back to Birmingham. Barny Boatman hit the rail on the very next hand, his Q10 running into Gus Hansen's AK.

James Bord's shot at the $1m was ended when he missed his open ended straight draw against Tony Bloom's top two pair. That left Bloom to face Hansen for the title and the cash. Given the Dane's excellent recent form both live and online, it was always going to be a tough task and so it proved.

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