Gus Hansen Loses a €500,000 Pot to Leon Tsoukernik

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Gus Hansen Loses a €500,000 Pot to Leon Tsoukernik
01 Mar

Old school Danish poker pro Gus Hansen recently told about his two-week gambling trip to the famous Kings Casino in Rozvadov where he clashed with the casino’s owner Leon Tsoukernik in a gigantic pot.

Hansen, who was a regular on classic poker TV shows such as NBC’s Poker After Dark and the Game Show Network’s High Stakes Poker returned to the high stakes poker scene last year after his break that lasted about two years - unfortunately, the decision wasn’t just simply on a whim, Hansen has been losing millions of dollars in online cash games before he went on his hiatus.

He recently returned to the King Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic - the location where he played one of his first public poker events after his break in April 2017 at the Celebrity Cash Kings festival.

Hansen spent two weeks in Rozvadov - judging by his Instagram, mostly playing open-face Chinese poker. OFC gained popularity among poker pros last year when many of them, including Shaun Deeb and Jason Mercier started to play the new game type frequently on the mobile app “Pineapple”.

'The Great Dane’ reported in an Instagram video that while gambling at the King’s Casino for 14 days, he lost his biggest pot he played to the casino owner Leon Tsoukernik - Hansen says the pot was “500K” - presumably in Euros, the currency used in that gambling den which amounts to around $610,000. Hansen shared no detail about the hand, we can only assume that too was open-face Chinese poker.

However, the trip was still worth taking for Hansen as in the same video he claims he left Rozvadov being €100,000 in the black. His next destination is going to be the Austrian capital Vienna where he’ll continue to grind it out at the high stakes cash tables.

Although he played some events in last year’s WSOP, Hansen hasn’t cashed in a major tournament since 2014. He currently has over $10 million in live tournament earnings and a bracelet from the 2010 WSOP Europe's high stakes heads-up championship - but it seems he focuses on live cash games these days, no word on when he’s getting back to the live tournament scene to rack up some more impressive scores.

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Marton Magyar is a Hungarian online poker player and writer who covers the latest in poker news.Read more


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