Gus Hansen Takes WSOPE £10k Heads-Up Title

Gus Hansen
WSOP Europe £10,350 Heads-Up High Roller champ Gus Hansen.

Gus Hansen lifted the label as one of the best players on the planet without a World Series of Poker Bracelet in London Sunday.

The man they call the Great Dane finally finished off online MTT killer Jim Collopy in the previously-delayed final round of their best-of-three match for the WSOP Europe’s £10,350 Heads-Up High Roller title.

Following the win, Hansen said it truly felt like the monkey was finally off his back.

“I have been playing the World Series since my good friend Huck Seed won it in the mid 90s,” he told PokerListings.

“Back then I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I’ve had a lot of attempts since then and I was fairly close a couple of times.

“I’m actually a little bit surprised it came in a heads up event, but I’m really happy to win it.”

Hansen and Collopy split the first two rounds of the best of three final early Friday morning before the match was put on hold due to the late hour.

With both players jumping in the WSOPE main event Friday, the match was put on hold indefinitely until a suitable time to play could be worked out.

With both players out of the main, they jumped back on the Casino at the Empire felt to finish at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Collopy took the lead right out of the gate and by the end of the first 40-minute level looked to have built a 2:1 chip lead.

However, Hansen was slowly grinding his way back in the match when he rivered a boat against Collopy’s trips, got the money in the middle and doubled up to take control.

The two traded pots for a while until the end of the fourth hour of the match approached and Hansen called a Collopy pre-flop shove with pocket fours.

Collopy had king-four and after the board bricked out, Hansen had his first WSOP bracelet.

Gracious in victory, he was quick to applaud Collopy’s effort.

“I felt I was up against it right from the get go,” he said. “I felt like Jim had adjusted from the first two matches. He definitely caught me by surprise; all the credit to him for really adjusting from the first two matches and really putting me on the spot in the third match.”

Sporting crutches and a cast on his foot from a recent Achilles injury, Hansen said his condition made things difficult.

“I’m not trying to make any excuses,” he said. “I think I played a good match. I guess it’s one of those things that happens. I’m just glad I could win the bracelet.”

For the win, Hansen will add £288,409 to his more than $10 million in career tournament earnings.

Collopy took £178,211 for second.

But instead of planning some wild celebration for his first win in a World Series event, Hansen said his plans included a quiet dinner with a few friends in London Sunday.

“Never underestimate a good night’s sleep,” he said.

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