Gus Hansen is one of the most unique individuals in the world of poker. Renowned for his unconventional yet successful over-aggressive tactics, Hansen is the only player ever to win four WPT titles and has lifetime tournament winnings of $7.1 million.
His book, “Every Hand Revealed”, was inspired by a comment about there being a lack of books “which convincingly present a viable poker strategy based on practise, not theory”, and in it Hansen humorously chronicles the events from Day 1 of the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event up until his two hour heads-up session against 19 year old internet whizz Jimmy “Gobboboy” Fricke ends in victory.
The book answers many questions about tournament strategy from a real time perspective, as well as allowing us to understand more about the character of the author and his style of play. Not only does it build up to a compelling climax, but along the way Hansen reveals himself to be a maths nerd – indeed his final chapter is entitled “Stats and Tips for all My Fellow Poker Nerds” – and adds self-depreciatory humour to a book which could have been no more than an ordinary diary of events.
During the tournament, Hansen made notes after each hand he was involved in – all 329 of them – and he expands more on the 21 which he considered to be pivotal to victory from a players point of view rather than just applying the theory. Despite some non-conformist play, there are some very interesting practises explained such as passive post-flop play after aggressive pre-flop betting, targeting players who show specific tendencies and using gut feelings to confound logic. Equally important is his explanation on how the blinds and antes structure in a tournament can affect how you play in relation to your chip stack.
If you have already read the book, or would like a little background about the man and the event before rushing out to buy it, look up Aussie Millions 07 on YouTube. There are a series of videos about the tournament and the highlights of the play, and you will see just how aggressively Hansen plays. Just remember not to try this on the poker tables until you have practised his techniques first!
“Every Hand Revealed” is available from Amazon.com and once you have absorbed Hansen’s methods, you can use them against the great man himself who is regularly seen on Full Tilt Poker.
Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: Citadel (May 1, 2008)