27Apr
WSOPE Heads Up between Gus Hansen and Canopy Postponed

The £10,350 Heads-Up High Roller Event of the WSOP was going along pretty smoothly until Gus Hansen and Jim Collopy faced each other on the felt. It was probably the most bizarre hitch in the history of the Heads Up Championships and it has caused their game to be delayed indefinitely, with the tournament directors saying that it’s possible that they may postpone the event and just resume it after the November Nine Main Event is over and done with. The amount of delay for a heads up match just seems plain crazy, and a lot of people are shaking their heads over it, but due to the circumstances, the two players hardly have any choice.

Poker Ping Pong

Gus Hansen and Jim Collopy sat down for their heads up battle without any inkling of what was going to happen next, but one thing they knew is that they both had a good shot at winning the £288,000 which was up for grabs along with the ever so important WSOP(E) Bracelet. So, they sat down, and the game got going… and going… and going… and it just kept going! Twelve hours into the game and still they weren’t done. It was as if they were playing ping pong with the chips, back and forth, back and forth, without anybody really winning or losing. They finished two of the best of three matches, with Gus Hansen taking the first game and Collopy striking back at the second game. You could probably argue that they’re both really great players if they can keep up a competition like this, and it’s true.

Hansen and Collopy do seem perfectly, evenly matched. But by the time they got to 12 hours of nonstop poker, both of them were pretty burned out and had to call for a reprieve. They had a 90-minute dinner break which they could have used to finish the game, but at the rate things were going, it was obvious that 90 minutes would be nowhere near enough.

The Long Delay

Of course, the two players could have just come back the next day, or maybe even the day after that. But the problem was that both of them were in the Main Event, and thus have pretty busy schedules, especially if either of them manages to run deep into the tournament. If both Hansen and Collopy, however, bust early in the Main Event, then there’s a chance that they could come back soon and wrap the whole thing up. By this point, it’s a 50-50 chance for either of them to get there first ever WSOP bracelet, so it’s pretty exciting to see who will win. 

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