Gus Hansen was the 2007 Aussie Millions Champion, outlasting 747 players and winning $1.2 million. In ‘Every Hand Revealed’ Hansen analyzes his whole tournament including the specific hands he played. He also looks at secrets to his tournament success.
Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen Review
Winner of the 2007 Aussie Millions main event, 3 World Poker Tour titles as well as being the first play to win the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament, it’s safe to say Gus Hansen has made quite an impact on the poker community.
Formerly a professional backgammon player, Hansen has made a very successful switch to a poker career and has shaken up the traditional card game with his hyper-aggressive betting patterns, outrageous bluffs and often brilliant plays.
It’s not often you get to peek inside the mind of a poker pro – most of them know the less we know, the better it is for them. But apparently Gus doesn’t mind too much, like he wrote in his afterthoughts – “I have revealed everything… the main thing that identifies all top poker players is that they are able to vary their game, change gears and stay unpredictable.”
His book Every Hand Revealed follows an interesting structure. Discarding the traditional chapter-by-chapter utilised by other poker writers, Gus has literally included all the hands he played during the 2007 Aussie Millions in a hand-by-hand format. From Hand 1 where he limped in with 5-7 of spades to Hand 329 where his Aces held up to win the title – it’s all there.
Some hand descriptions merely consist of him peeking at his cards and folding while others have specific titles (e.g. “Biggest Hand So Far – Busting the Defending Champ) and spread over a couple of pages. Gus’ epic match with Patrik Antonius (Hand 193) was particularly interesting. Having seen this clip on YouTube numerous times, it was very insightful to see what went on behind the scenes – the thinking behind each little decision, the pot odds, Patrik’s possible holdings and his perception, strategies to induce more money – basically the complex process required in each hand.
But even with all the complicated mathematics, statistics and poker theories, Every Hand Revealed never gets too dry. Besides the fact that players were competing for millions of dollars, Gus maintains the reader’s interest with his deadpan humor sprinkled throughout the book. Never one to shy away from self-depreciating humor, Gus is just as quick to criticize his own plays as he is others.
Like he said after failing to read his own cards – “… unless I want to play the rest of the tournament blindfolded I better start opening my eyes!” Not only will you get his hand analysis and side commentary; you’ll get to read his personal reflections on his own style, funny little anecdotes, not to mention there’s even an appendix at the end you can use as reference.
All in all, Every Hand Revealed has been a great buy – especially for a poker amateur. After reading this book, you will realize; behind all the flamboyant manoeuvres and creative bluffs, there lies a very precise and logical mind.
You’ll see how he calmly risked his tournament life making an insane call with Ace-high; how he was alert enough to fold Ace-King against a tight opponent; how he raised and fired three barrels with 3-2 and how he bet, bluffed, check-raised, folded, doubled and tripled up his way to win the 2007 Aussie Millions Championship.
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