Hansen and Ziigmund Play it Safe

Gus Hansen

Perhaps due to the multiple multi-million dollar swings at the end of 2009, some players best known for their willingness to gamble have been playing it safe so far in 2010.

Unlike the $500/$1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha and No-Limit Hold’em sessions throughout 2009, this year has been filled with mostly 7-Game and Cap PLO.

With 7-Game including both PLO and NLHE, it is possible to have massive pots worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the majority of hands dealt at these tables are in Limit games, where it’s difficult to lose even close to $100k in a single hand.

Cap PLO functions just like regular PLO with one big exception. Each limit has a Cap amount. Once the amount you’ve bet in the hand equals the Cap, you are treated as if you’re all in, regardless of how many chips you have left.

This allows players to limit the amount of money they can risk in a single hand, reducing swings and curbing any excessive gamble.

Early this morning, Gus Hansen proved to be the king of the Cap game, making over $180k in 682 hands spread across six sessions (half $100/$200 C-PLO, half $200/$400 C-PLO).

Plus, at the time of publication, Hansen has been seated at a 6-max $200/$400 C-PLO for 31 hands, up another $109k.

Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies, who last year convinced his opponents to manually turn the $500/$1,000 PLO tables into $3,000/$9,000, shared 334 hands of C-PLO with Hansen, but only managed to make $17k for his efforts.

Below are three of the largest pots from this morning, keep your browser posted to MarketPulse to stay on top of the ongoing C-PLO action.


I'll take ByTheBy's hand on the flop.



If you try to guess who's going to win on the flop, you'd be wrong..




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