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High-stakes moves to HORSE: Ivey wins $1.1 million
One of the guiding principles governing high-stakes action dictates players will always sit in the game with the best action, not the game they enjoy the most.
After losing more than $2 million this year playing No-Limit and Pot-Limit games, Full Tilt pro Gus Hansen decided to change it up by moving to Limit H.O.R.S.E., where the game rotates through five poker variations rather than sticking to just one.
And just as Hansen had predicted, once the online sharks spotted him in the water, they abandoned the old games and swam right over.
In fact, almost the entire high-stakes world ignored the Omaha and Hold'em tables last night to sit with Hansen for some high-stakes H.O.R.S.E.
In the movie Rounders, Matt Damon's character suggested poker players are like piranhas on The Nature Channel, you never see them eat each other.
But the line couldn't have been more wrong last night as the the high-stakes predators turned against one another in their lust for action, practically leaving Hansen alone.
Despite sitting for over 2,500 hands, Hansen lost just $68k on the night.
Instead, it was Ivey taking control of the table, blowing away everyone who stood in his way to book a $1.1 million dollar profit, mostly through Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond (-$444k), Tom "durrrr" Dwan (-$343k), Chau Giang (-$289k) and David Oppenheim (-$245k).
After such an amazing night of action, it's almost a certainty the high-stakes regulars will return to the mixed game to chase their losses.
But it's doubtfull Ivey, who has proved over the last decade that mixed games are one of his biggest strengths, is going anywhere.