Gus Hansen: Antonius overrates himself

Gus Hansen

Patrik Antonius has claimed that he would clean out the "Big Game" in Las Vegas if No-Limit Texas Hold'em and Pot-Limit Omaha were the only games allowed. Fellow poker pro Gus Hansen says the Finn's statement is "exaggerated and self-overrating."

In a recent interview with Bluff Magazine, Antonius said that Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey, and all the other pros in the Big Game at the Bellagio wouldn't stand a chance against him if they only played Texas Hold'em and Omaha.

Gus Hansen doesn't agree with his friend, and comments on Antonius' statement in a column in the Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet:

"His statement is both exaggerated and somewhat self-overrating. Most poker players have a tendency to underestimate how big the swings can be in gambling," Hansen writes in his column.

Hansen holds Antonius as possibly the best Hold'em and Omaha players in the Big Game but says that isn't enough:

"Even though I rate Patrik as a winning player over the long run, he wouldn't be able to clean out the table night after night."

Hansen finishes off by teaching Partik Antonius, and all other poker players for that matter, a valuable lesson:

"It's important to have great self-confidence at the poker table, but it is just as important to keep your sense of reality."

The Big Game is a high-stakes cash game played at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Some of the best players in the world sit down to play a number of different games, including Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Seven-Card Stud and Razz.

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