Gus Hansen is one of the most recognizable names in the professional poker world. He is known for his incredible live tournament success, his amazing talent for intimidating opponents and is easily identified by his hair; or lack thereof. The Great Dane of poker is truly a phenomenon among career poker players, but if that’s true, why is he so terrible at online poker cash games?
It’s true. If you go over Gus Hansen’s online poker cash game statistics since 2007, he has lost an inconceivable $7.7 million! Even worse than that astonishing reality alone is the fact that Hansen has lost more money in online poker cash games in the last three years than he has won in live poker tournaments over the course of his entire professional poker career.
Since 2002, Gus Hansen has raked in a total of $7.2 million in live tournament cashes, including his $1.3 million win as the ultimate victor of the 2007 Aussie Millions Championship. Gus Hansen’s tournament career is, in fact, the most impressive of all but 22 other pro poker players in the history of tournament play, which began in the early 1970’s.
So how is it that such an impressive poker player could be so bad at online poker cash games? Just this year, Hansen has dropped about $800k at the tables. One might begin to speculate as to whether Gus Hansen is going broke playing online poker, but that’s doubtful.
More than likely, Gus Hansen’s live cash play has more than made up for his online poker losses. The most logical answer is that Gus Hansen is extremely adept at winning live poker games, where he can intimidate his opponents face to face with unbridled aggression. Online poker doesn’t give players the same versatility as live poker games when it comes to reading your opponents and using fake poker tells to draw them into a trap.
Gus Hansen’s online poker losses are recorded and publicly displayed for anyone to see, but live cash games go unobserved. You can keep track of his online swings in High Stakes Poker News. Even if Hansen has lost near $8 million at online poker cash tables, there’s no telling how many millions he may have scooped in that same amount of time playing in Vegas.
What we do know is that high stakes cash game grinders may see an excellent opportunity in playing across the virtual felt from Full Tilt Pro Gus Hansen.