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Great Dane Wins Full Tilt Poker Million IX

While it may have been a bad year for Gus Hansen on the virtual felt, in the world of live poker things couldn’t have gone more swimmingly for the Great Dane and he has now added $1 million and another major accolade to his collection.

Hansen was crowned champion of the Full Tilt Poker Million IX this weekend after besting a strong final table that included Patrik Antonius, Howard Lederer, Barny Boatman, James Bord and Brighton and Hove Albino chairman Tony Bloom.

Having already won a WSOPE bracelet in the capital a couple of months ago, Hansen returned to London to find himself heads-up with Bloom holding a slender chip advantage – and it was one that he would hold on to and eventually convert to victory.

The final hand came about in typical heads-up fashion after Hansen opened the button with A-8 and called a shove from the short-stacked Bloom holding A-6, with an eight arriving on the flop to strengthen his grip on the title and $1 million first place prize.

"There are a lot of great players in this tournament and it's always great to get your hands on a trophy,” said Hansen following his epic win. “I had a little drought in tournaments but the last couple of months have been good and I'm feeling confident, which you need to be when you sit down with tough players like Tony”.
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