Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Is Gus Hansen Up Or Down?

Gus Hansen, one of the high-fliers of the poker circuit, is a hard one to track. In the course of a few months, the guy makes and loses more money than the GDP of small countries.

As of April 20th, he was down $3.3 million for the month. However, 8 days have passed since then, so it's anybody's guess where he's standing now. For example, in just 24 hours on April 24th, Hansen banked $1.1 million.

Is it any wonder why fans love to watch this guy?

Poker Personality Roundup

Hansen isn't the only player making news. A few other notables have been rising (or falling) in the ranks. First up... Patrik Antonius.

He's been cranking on the tables all year with a $4.5 million profit through yesterday (625). In April so far, he's up $1.5 million which means he's leading the pack. Our man Phil Ivey, along with Ilari "Ziigmund" Sahamies and Di "Urindanger" Dang, are also up past the 7-figure mark in April.

Spiraling the drain, Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond has hemorrhaged $1.3 million, Gus Hansen has leaked $1.5 million, and Sami "LarsLuzak" Kelopuro is down just under a $1 million.

Wrong way guys.

On a brighter note...

Yevgeniy Timoshenko Wins The 2009 World Poker Tour

Despite having an unpronounceable first name, Ukranian poker star Yevgeniy Timoshenko walked away with the 2009 WPT title recently. He also walked away with $2.1 million in prize money. Not bad for a few days' work.

In case you're thinking Ukranians look young for their age, he's 21. That's right... barely old enough to drink (here in the U.S., anyway). Though he's plenty old enough to kick ass at the WPT.

He had this to say after the event: "I wasn’t expecting to win. I hoped to win, but in tournaments you can’t expect anything. Especially at a final table as rough as this one. I just hoped to play my best and come out ahead and luckily that’s what happened."

Apparently, he's been trained at the Bull Durham School Of Interviewing.

Good for him. Way to go Timoshenko!

Another week, another wrap. To recap...

  1. Gus Hansen continues to be one of the most exciting poker players on the circuit (and it's not for Hansen's crack boxing skills).
  2. The ranks of poker winners and losers have been shifting in April.
  3. The poker circuit has a new contender to watch: Yevgeniy Timoshenko. Young, rich, and and media savvy.

As always, bringing you the poker news that's fit to print.

See you next week...


Anonymous said...

Hansen's an absolute lunatic!

Have you read his book, "Every hand revealed"? I'm guessing you have but if not you have to read it. It is one of those books you'll find hard to put down until you have read it cover to cover

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