Gus Hansen and Patrik Antonius Lock Up

by Omar on April 21, 2011

Gus Hansen and Patrik Antonius Lock Up

Even though online poker has come to a crashing halt in the United States, that doesn’t mean poker is not still being played. Quite the contrary is true as most countries do still allow its citizens to play the games. One indirect result of the absence of Americans from the virtual felt is a creation of a new potential rivalry between European poker pros Gus Hansen and Patrik Antonius.

With players such as Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey and Dan Cates sidelined indefinitely, the spotlight is right there for the taking and the two have seen much more action against each other in the past few days.  Last weekend, Hansen took his counterpart for a few hundred thousand dollars so when they sat down to square off last night, Antonius had payback on his mind. Antonius played a very brief session, logging just 126 hands against Hansen but it was more than enough for him to recoup $137K of the money he lost just days earlier.  The duo played 66 hands of $300/$600 Pot Limit Omaha and 60 of $3,000/$6,000 Omaha Hi-Lo.

Following his early hit and run, Antonius did not play anymore on the evening.  Hansen, however, wasn’t ready to cut his losses and call it a night.  Instead, he managed to play another 173 hands of $300/$600 Pot Limit Omaha where he lost another $30K.  After that, he too retired for the evening as the player pool in the nosebleed games have lost most of its combatants.

It stands to reason that until the US market opens up again, or when some of the US players decide to move overseas, we will be fed a steady diet of Hansen and Antonius.