2011 is already shaping up to be the year of Danish Team Full Tilt pro Gus Hansen. Hansen now reveals in an interview that his success comes after he has learned to analyze his mistakes.
Gus Hansen has been crushing the high stakes
tables this year, already making profits of more than $4 million dollars.
The Great Dane's red hot winning streak comes after a period of more than two years of massive losses - allegedly amounting to more than $10 million - but now Hansen is back with a vengeance, thanks to a newly found analytical and more pragmatic approach to his game.
"I have changed my style of play, and have begun to play more tight," Hansen told Swedish daily Aftonbladet.se
in a recent interview.
"Everybody thinks I am mad and that I play all hands, but now I think I am playing significantly more controlled and tight. I have begun to take my time to analyze my errors and mistakes, and hopefully this will mean a permanent improvement," he said, adding that he may also finally have ended a two-year unlucky streak.
"Also, every time you speak with a winning poker player
, they say that they have had a little luck. Put simply, you could say that I have had a lot of luck in the past few months, whereas I was very unlucky the past two years."
The Danish WPT and WSOPE title holder further revealed that he never doubted his abilities at the tables, despite the bad run and his reputation at the high stakes tables as a losing player.
"There will always be a lot of speculation. Was this his last money? Is he broke now? But that's okay by me. People can think what they want. You can categorize it as rumors and trash talk, and I know I can't do anything about that. I will continue to play, and hopefully I will have black numbers on the bottom line by the end of 2011. It's up to me to prove that they are wrong. But we will see, I also started well in both 2009 and 2010, and hopefully I can end well this year too."
Hansen, who is one of the high stakes regulars still playing on Full Tilt Poker following Black Friday, also admitted that he still sees the WSOP Main Event as big goal in his career, and that he is constantly looking to improve his game so that he can keep up with developments and continue evolving as a player.
"I try to take small steps. A year ago I may have made 100 mistakes, maybe I make less now, and in a few years I will perhaps make even fewer. It's all about getting better all the time," he said.
Finally, Hansen also responded to ongoing rumors that he is dating Danish tennis pro Caroline Wozniacki, who is currently one of the best female players in the world.
A former tennis player himself, Hansen admitted to be close to the Danish starlet, but denied that the relationship stretches beyond that.
"I have played tennis for 30 years in the same club as Caroline back in Copenhagen. We know each other well, we both live in Monaco and we see each other often. I know her mum, her dad and her brother. We are very good friends, but sadly there is no romance," he ended.
Hansen was back in the high stakes arena again last night, playing against fellow tennis fanatic and Team Full Tilt member Patrik Antonius
at the $500/$1,000 PLO tables.
Antonius would here come out a winner from the meeting, netting a healthy $230,000 profit.