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Gus Hansen is one of the most recognizable names in the professional poker world. He is known for his incredible live tournament success, his amazing talent for intimidating opponents and is easily identified by his hair; or lack thereof. The Great Dane of poker is truly a phenomenon among career poker players, but if that’s true, why is he so terrible at online poker cash games?

It’s true. If you go over Gus Hansen’s online poker cash game statistics since 2007, he has lost an inconceivable $7.7 million! Even worse than that astonishing reality alone is the fact that Hansen has lost more money in online poker cash games in the last three years than he has won in live poker tournaments over the course of his entire professional poker career.

Since 2002, Gus Hansen has raked in a total of $7.2 million in live tournament cashes, including his $1.3 million win as the ultimate victor of the 2007 Aussie Millions Championship. Gus Hansen’s tournament career is, in fact, the most impressive of all but 22 other pro poker players in the history of tournament play, which began in the early 1970’s.

So how is it that such an impressive poker player could be so bad at online poker cash games? Just this year, Hansen has dropped about $800k at the tables. One might begin to speculate as to whether Gus Hansen is going broke playing online poker, but that’s doubtful.

More than likely, Gus Hansen’s live cash play has more than made up for his online poker losses.( Note added by Scott Matusow = BULLSHIT, GUS SUCKS LIVE AS WELL!!) The most logical answer is that Gus Hansen is extremely adept at winning live poker games, where he can intimidate his opponents face to face with unbridled aggression. Online poker doesn’t give players the same versatility as live poker games when it comes to reading your opponents and using fake poker tells to draw them into a trap.

Gus Hansen’s online poker losses are recorded and publically displayed for anyone to see, but live cash games go unobserved. Even if Hansen has lost near $8 million at online poker cash tables, there’s no telling how many millions he may have scooped in that same amount of time playing in Vegas.

What we do know is that high stakes cash game grinders may see an excellent opportunity in playing across the virtual felt from Full Tilt Pro Gus Hansen.

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Phil Laak has been involved in a pretty serious ATV accident causing a massive arm injury and requiring him to get stitches around his eye. The good news is that he will be fine although the pictures are not pretty.

Phil Laak After ATV Accident

Despite his rough shape, he still managed to post some pictures on twitter and sent out a quick message to everyone saying “ATV accident, massive arm injury and lacerations to eye in Oregon. Life is good.”

He sounds like he is pretty happy that things were not a lot worse and sent out another update later in the day saying “Stitches forthcoming. Could have been worse I’m lucky to be in one piece.” It seems like one crazy accident if these pictures are good news!

Always a trooper and looking on the bright side, the Unabomber is down but definitely not out after his serious accident.

Phil Laak in Hospital

Phil Laak’s ATV accident took place in the Oregon desert where he was ATVing on the sand dunes with his good buddy Antonio Esfandiari. Antonio accompanied him to hospital and also sent out a message via twitter saying that “He will be ok”.

The Unabomber is known for living life on the wild side and pushing the limits. He does a lot of radical sports such as sky diving, judo, scuba diving, and motorcycling.

We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery!

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Players talk practice them. Blogs talk about them. Even Lady Gaga sings about them. For all of the interest in the “poker face”, researchers have formulated more opinions on controlled facial expressions and their benefits to live poker players.

A recent study conducted by researchers from Harvard, MIT and the California Institute of Technology questions the benefit of an expressionless poker face, especially if a player is bluffing. While players attempt to drain all expression from their faces, the researchers found that this technique is not very effective for players who are trying to trick their opponents out of hands.

The research focused on the reaction that players had to opponents who were bluffing, an important part of winning poker. The study concluded that the best way to bluff was to appear happy, a reaction that that is viewed as being trustworthy; by contrast, angry expressions or blank stares are described as being less trustworthy and lead to more aggressive betting by opponents.

The conclusion was that projecting a positive image and non-verbal expressions leads other players to believe that a bluffer is telling the truth, making their bluffs more convincing. While a neutral expression can make it difficult for opponents to pick up helpful tells (involuntary signals), researchers in this study determined that a positive expression conveys honesty and gives the player a better chance of selling a bluff.

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Like a badly written Hollywood script, a man’s life is in the hands of his poker game.

Fifty-nine-year-old poker player Samuel McMaster Junior plead guilty to 26 felony counts of defrauding the elderly and has six months to make restitution to his victims as part of a plea deal. Because McMaster’s income is through poker winnings since he has been banned from working in the securities industry, in an unprecedented move, the state of New Mexico is allowing him to travel out of state to poker tournaments so that he can earn the $7,500 monthly payments he is ordered to pay.

Sentencing has been delayed for six months while McMaster tries to win the $440,000 he owes his victims and if he falls behind by two payments within the six months, he’ll be sentenced immediately and face up to twelve years in prison. However, if the cards flop in his favor and he successfully makes the six payments to his victims, the judge will go easier on him when it comes to determining McMaster’s jail sentence. Talk about pressure at the table!

“We do have the unusual case here where we are agreeing to delay sentencing for a period of time to allow Mr. McMaster to set a track record as to whether or not he can pay back $400,000 in restitution,” said state prosecutor Phylis H. Bowman.

McMaster’s crimes? Asking his insurance clients to invest in promissory notes and CD’s issued by his company Santa Fe Financial Group Inc., promising a high interest return – but the money his clients invested went straight to McMaster’s bankroll. Some of his victims attended his hearing this morning – where McMaster was facing 84 years for the 26 felony counts prior to today’s plea agreement.

“There’s nothing to indicate that he is a violent threat to society,” Bowman added. “So based upon those factors, that’s what determines conditions of release. It has nothing to do with profession.”

After the hearing, McMaster had no comment for the press.

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