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Hansen in 24-hour Macau Nosebleeds

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As reported, Gus Hansen has been hitting Macau’s Poker King Club for its HKD $10,000/$20,000 cash game over the last couple of days. Joining The Great Dane at the table in his first session was Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Andrew Robl and a number of cashed up Chinese and Malaysian businessmen. Hansen has now blogged about the games but details are a little patchy. It seems Hansen is wanting to max his hours at the felt rather than spend time writing about it.

On January 10, Hansen wrote: “So I did end up playing in the big game in Macau – I have just finished a 24 hour session with plenty of big hands. I am too tired to write about them now and will quickly head to bed – but tomorrow I will give a little taste of what happened.”

Then, today, Hansen updated: “There is not a lot of time to write blogs when you constantly are playing 24 hour poker sessions, sleeping for 8 hours, going to the gym for 45 minutes and then back to the poker table again. So any thorough update of who was playing and how some of the big hands played out will be a couple days out in the future – time to sleep.”

Poker Portal Asia did find out about one of his hands courtesy of Winfred Yu’s Facebook page. Yu has also been sitting in on the Big Game quite a lot recently and on Tuesday posted, “I must be crazy. Sitting in a 5 handed game with Phil Ivey, John Juanda and Gus Hansen.”

Within the rush of comments that followed, Yu revealed in one hand his Pocket Kings ran into Hansen’s Pocket Aces in an all-in preflop situation. A miracle king arrived on the flop, only to be crushed by an ace on the turn. Yu later revealed he took out insurance, which saved him some cash.

With the Aussie Millions opening event happening today, it’s not known how long Hansen will be sticking around in Macau. The nine-hour flight to Melbourne will most likely be Hansen’s radar but the Aussie Millions Main Event doesn’t start till January 22. Nevertheless, Hansen would have fond memories of Crown Casino, having won the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event there for AUD $1.5 million.

Meanwhile, other top pros are descending on Melbourne already. Not to be outdone by the Macau cash game scene, Tony G revealed via his Twitter account that he and Patrik Antonius have been mixing it up on the felt in a high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha game at Crown Poker.

“Just finished 1K/2K PLO at Crown Poker – Patrik up a million – ended up a small winner. Game continues tomorrow,” tweeted Tony G, while also tagging it with an amusing photo of himself smoking a hookah pipe.

There certainly are exciting times ahead for both Macau and Melbourne so stay tuned to Poker Portal Asia for more.



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