When the newly re-launched Full Tilt Poker signed Gus Hansen and Tom Dwan as brand ambassadors, making up two-thirds of the group “The Professionals” that also includes Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, they weren’t expecting the two to be making these kinds of headlines.
Hansen and Dwan are regarded as two of the best poker players in the world so it was a little bit of a surprise to see both make headlines for staggering losses they incurred over the weekend on Full Tilt Poker.
According to Poker.co.uk, the irrepresible Hansen went on a 27-hour marathon session in FTP over the weekend. Although that’s a common practice for some poker players, not a lot of people can stake claim to spending all that hours in a row playing poker and dropping $1.5 million in the process. Ironically enough, Hansen actually went up $500,000 early in the morning before supposedly getting a quick shut eye. As soon as he came, presumably fresh from his beauty sleep, that’s when things turned downhill, losing $300,000 in the next six hours while playing 2-7 Triple Draw. Sensing that the table had gotten Arctic cold for him, Hansen shifted his attention to the $2k/$4k Fixed Limit Omaha Hi/Lo tables where, over the next 23 hours, he dropped a staggering $1.4 million.
Since then, Hansen appears to have taken a quick break from playing, although we expect him back in the tables sooner than later. At the end, it was just one of those days for Mr. Gustav.
Meanwhile, Tom “durrrr” Dwan also felt the sting of a day gone wrong at the FTP tables. After returning for the first time in over 18 months, Dwan spent almost the entire Sunday in the red on the same 2-7 Triple Draw tables that caused Hansen’s demise. It probably wasn’t the smartest idea for Dwan to dive into FTP shortly after arriving in London from the US. Maybe it was the jet lag or just plain online poker rust, but Dwan’s day ended with him $206,700 lighter on the pocket.
We’re confident that both Hansen and Dwan will bounce back from these setbacks. They’re not considered two best in the world for nothing. It probably just stings, especially when they were heavily touted as the faces of the relaunched FTP only for both of them to stumble out of the gates.