Hansen takes on ladies on Poker After Dark

Gus Hansen

Gus Hansen has a reputation as a ladies' man away from the poker table, but now poker fans can see how he fares against the ladies at the poker table as well on Poker After Dark.

Four-time World Poker Tour title winner Gus Hansen will have his hands full at the Poker After Dark tables this week as he takes on five of poker's most prominent female players.

With more than $5 million in tournament winnings, and six previous appearances on the show, including one win, Hansen may prove to be a tough opponent for the women lined up against him this week.

However, these aren't ladies who will be easy to steamroll at the table, either. Clonie Gowen has made three appearances on Poker After Dark as well, winning twice and finishing in fourth place just behind Gus Hansen in a February 2007 session of the show.

Vanessa Rousso has also made a couple of appearances on the show as well. Plus she has nearly $800,000 in tournament winnings, much of which has come from World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour cashes.

The remaining three ladies heading to the table are new to Poker After Dark, but they all have fairly impressive poker pedigrees.

Erica Schoenberg switched from professional blackjack to Texas Hold'em in 2005. Since then she's racked up nearly $600,000 in tournament winnings. That includes cashes in three WPT and three WSOP events.

Beth Shak also hasn't been playing that long, though she has the advantage of also being married to professional player Dan Shak. She has two WSOP final-table appearances on her resume and not quite $400,000 in tournament winnings to her name.

Perhaps one of the more formidable ladies at the table will be JJ Liu. Not only has she cashed in more than 40 major tournaments around the world, including several WSOP and WPT events, she also became the highest-placing female in a WPT event in 2007 with her second-place finish at the Bay 101 Shooting Star event.

Her tournament career has added up to more than $1.6 million in winnings, putting her the closest to matching Hansen's accomplishments.

The question is will Hansen have what it takes to conquer the ladies at the poker table, or will he find that his status as one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people in 2004 means nothing when it comes to female pros gunning for a $120,000 prize?

Play begins tonight on NBC and will continue with episodes all week long and a recap on Saturday night. Check your local listings for times.

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