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Gus Hansen reports from the Big Game
Despite all the crazy online action going on, the legendary "Big Game" is still running in Las Vegas. In a column in the Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet, Gus Hansen gives a glimpse of what's happening in the biggest live poker game in the world. He tells a story of a stone-cold bluff and two amazing calls.
The Big Game was originally played at the Venetian in Las Vegas, but has in recent years moved to the Bellagio.
It's a mixed game consisting of everything from 2-7 Triple-Draw to No-Limit Texas Hold'em, and the stakes are ultra-high - up to $4,000/$8,000.
All the best players in the world visit the Big Game regularly: the night Gus Hanses writes about, "The Great Dane" himself, David Benyamine , Barry Greenstein, Chip Reese, Eli Elezra, Lyle Berman, Doyle Brunson and Silent Jim were seated at the table.
In what Hansen refers to as the "hand of the day", he re-raised to $9,000 from the button in a $3,000/$6,000 Limit Hold'em game with Ad-Jd in his hand. David Benyamine and the original raiser Eli Elezra stayed in the hand.
The flop came 7h-6s-4c, and everyone checked. The turn was the 8d, and Benyamine bet $6,000, Elezra folded, but Gus Hansen decided to call with only ace-high.
Another 8 came on the river and once again David Benyamine fired a $6,000 bet, and once again Gus Hansen called. The Frenchman showed Q-T for a stone-cold bluff, and Hansen took home the $54,000 pot thanks to two great calls.
When Hansen analyses the hand in his column in Ekstrabladet he says that he made the tough decision to go all the way already on the turn.
"As you can see, you will be put under a lot of pressure in the Big Game. If you haven't come to play, you should leave you nickels and dimes at home," Hansen writes.