Hansen Busts Dwan to Make Final Eight

Gus Hansen
Gus Hansen

Gus Hansen is putting on a world-class performance in his first WSOP event of the summer.

Hansen, who won the WSOPE Heads-Up title in London last year, beat four of the best heads-up players in the world to secure a spot in this year’s $25k Heads-Up Championship’s final eight.

The WSOP could not have scripted Hansen’s final match on Day 2 of the event any better as he faced online wizard Tom “durrrr” Dwan. 

The match lasted nearly four hours before Hansen was finally able to fight back from a steep deficit and dispatch Dwan, much to the delight of a huge crowd of railbirds.

“When push comes to shove it was a very tough match and I had the luck in the end,” he said.

It hasn’t been an easy path for Hansen as he’s already had to beat Jason Mercier, LAPC winner Greg Brooks, Daniel Alaei and Dwan just to make it to the round of eight.

“If I’d seen that draw ahead of time I wouldn’t have liked my chance of making it to the final eight,” admitted Hansen.

Unlike some of the other opponents, Hansen and Dwan were very familiar with each other’s games, having played thousands of hands against each other online.

Hansen, however, wasn’t convinced that experience helped either player in a significant way.

“Obviously we know each other and have played a lot,” he said. “We haven’t played that much No-Limit Hold’em though.”

The Great Dane added that he’s been playing a much different style than he usually does when he’s playing online.

“Hopefully I had a read or two on him,” chuckled Hansen.

Hansen joins an elite group of players in the final eight that includes Matt Marafioti, Eric Froehlich, Anthony Guetti, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Jake Cody, David Paredes and Nicolay Evdakov.

First up for Hansen tomorrow will be Canadian high stakes player Marafioti. A win against Marafioti will shoot Hansen into the final four.

It's already been an exceptional year for Hansen, who is up nearly $4 million in online poker.

This year’s Heads-Up Championship had two distinct changes from last year’s event.

The first was the bumped up buy-in from $10k to $25k while the second was the addition of two “reload chips” which players can use at any time.

The event attracted a total of 128 players, who generated a record-setting prize pool, for a heads-up event, of $3 million with $851k dedicated to first place.

Action will resume at 3 p.m. local time tomorrow and PokerListings will be on hand for hourly updates.

The 2011 WSOP continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas check PokerListings’ Live Updates and News.

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