Over a year ago, Gus Hansen decided to walk away from online poker and few could blame him. After all, Hansen has lost over $20 million lifetime in high stakes online poker games.
But like many modern day poker pros, Hansen could not stay away forever and recently he’s been spotted playing Triple Draw and Limit Omaha Hi-Lo over on PokerStars under his handle broksi. Not surprisingly, he’s down but so far he’s only dropped about $7,500 since returning.
With Hansen’s return to high stakes action, some players are also wondering if certain other pros will be hopping onto PokerStars soon to try and reestablish their former dominance. Below are the top three high stakes pros fans would love to see return to online high stakes action.
Some porn star from the 70's just sat down in the big game at Bellagio. Never seen him before. Anyone? pic.twitter.com/rUPHLd7oDb— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) August 6, 2016
While Phil Ivey hasn’t announced that he’s walked away from high stakes online poker, he also hasn’t played since late 2015. Ivey’s prescience in general has been lacking in 2016. The only event he played at the 2016 World Series of Poker was the Main Event and he hasn’t had a live tournament cash since January 3rd.
Ivey presently appears to be focusing on business obligations and live high stakes cash games rather than tournaments and online poker. After his recent run over the last couple of years online, one cannot blame him. He’s slipped down to third on the All-Time Online Cash Game list after dropping nearly $2.5 million since early 2012 on PokerStars.
At some point we expect “RaiseOnce” to make a return online and the railbird will certainly line up to watch.
Patrik Antonius has won more money in online high stakes cash games than anyone in online poker history. Looking back at his stats, he’s been a model of consistency. He’s both #2 and #6 on the biggest winners in Full Tilt Poker history (as Patrik Antonius and FinddaGrind.)
Antonius left online poker late last year and blamed it on tracking software. He said that he had dropped about $1 million and said that he couldn’t beat ring games due to the tracking software.
According to PokerNews, Antonius returned to high stakes online action earlier this year and is playing as “Fake Love888.” However, HighStakesDB nor Antonius have officially confirmed this.
If Antonius is indeed Fake Love888, then he’s putting together a decent run in 2016 with $298,775 already won. However, that account is down $1.28 million overall. Even if this is his account, it is hardly a full-time return as he already has two extended periods of inactivity. We do indeed hope that this is Antonius and we see him recoup that deep loss.
One player that everyone wants to see return to the high stake online ranks is durrrr. Tom Dwan is perhaps the biggest online poker superstar since the Poker Boom and all roads in high stakes action at one point or another went through Tom Dwan.
Isildur1 made his name by winning millions off of Dwan. We all know about the infamous Durrrr Challenge and the recent accusations of him scamming Junglman12. At his peak, Dwan was up over $8.2 million online.
Dwan, like most other pros, took an extended break following Black Friday and returned briefly as one of The Professionals on Full Tilt Poker when it relaunched. He quit playing after leaving the site in 2013 and has been playing live since.
Rumor about regarding Dwan and his bankroll status. We’ve even speculated at length whether Tom Dwan is broke, providing various theories. He’s recently been spotted and appears to be in good health but still no word as to his true bankroll status.
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Officially, Dwan has over $2.1 million in high stakes online poker earnings and should he ever return to high stakes online action, it would be a boon for PokerStars or whichever site he chooses to play.
Perhaps we will see Dwan return and live Twitch his session like Jason Somerville or Doug Polk. Highly unlikely, but if he did, Durrrr.TV could quickly outpace anything out there presently.