The biggest comebacks in the poker business

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Laura Weber 16. November 2018

The Pokerbusiness has already produced some stars that have attracted attention with prestigious victories and high prize money. Due to strands of pitch strands, personal misconduct and other framework conditions, some brightly bright stars are also faded. In this article we do not look at the One Hit Wonder, who, with luck, won a big tournament, but professionals who have demonstrated their skills for years and then disappeared from the large spotlight. However, they fought back with the biggest comebacks in the poker business. Our list is by no means exhaustive, but can decorate itself with the names of some of the greatest poker professionals ever:

  • Gus Hansen
  • Chris Ferguson
  • Stu kids
  • Viktor Blom
  • Chris Moneymaker
  • Mike Matusow

Gus Hansen – The Great Dane

Gus Hansen’s Instagram account was a highlight for the poker world last summer. Hanse, who is also known as “The Great Dane”, has over 600 hours in Las Vegas at the High-Stakes Cash Games in “Bobby’s Room“spent in the bellagio. on his social media channel, he described the days in one of the most famous and exclusive poker rooms in the world. in addition to the poker experiences, fans also got an insight into his detour to the craps tables and even into the nightlife of las vegas. before that, he promised an excellent summer and he and his fans should have it. unfortunately, as he cut off at the cash games, cannot be precisely quantified. due to its reach and its entertainment value, he is still on this list. we are pleased that the great dane is back to the tables after a long break and inspires us with his kind and skills. hansen became known by entering the victory at the wpt event-the five diamond classic 2002-the wpt event for the first time. he quickly became the favorite of the fans and one of the most famous personalities in poker events. he was just not to be seen in casinos, but also a gifted online player. no wonder that he became the figurehead of full tilt poker, who still had glorious days at the time. the attention and successes lasted over 10 years until he took a break from the game in 2014. he came back impressively this summer.

Chris Ferguson – Jesus

chris ferguson was also a face from full tilt poker. in contrast to hansen, the player also had shares in the company. many in the poker community therefore believed that ferguson never returned to the spotlight after the demise and the subsequent debacle with player payments. so before he disappeared off the stage in 2011, he was able to win poker enthusiasts in numerous tournaments. his greatest success was the victory of the wsop main event in 2000. he was also able to secure five more bracelets at world series. after the closure of full tilt, it became quiet for five years about “jesus”, as he is called because of his hair. in 2016 he started again at the wsop, but with moderate success. at the subsequent championships, however, he was able to sink prize money in many tournaments. at the wsop 2017 there were a total of 23 cashes, including three final tables and the first place in the pot-limit omaha hi-lo eight or better, which brought him his sixth bracelet. he also received the “player of the year” award, which fell with full tilt poker due to the past. in 2018 he was able to impress with another 17 cashes at the wsop. jesus is back.

Stu Ungar – The (Comeback) Kid

stu hungarian was one of the legends of the poker in front of the poker boom in the early 2000s. some saw him the biggest player ever. triggered by his drug addiction and misconduct in dealing with money, after his early successes at a young age – who brought him the nickname “the kid” – thrown back. at the age of only 26, he won the wsop main event for the first time in 1980. the following year he was able to repeat this feat. after years of drug abuse and highly indebted, pokerprofi and his confidant billy baxter once again registered the wsop for the main event in 1997. through the victory in this tournament, he was the only one to secure the bracelet of the most famous poker tournament in the world three times. this brought in the new nickname “the comeback kid”. however, happiness did not last long and hungarian lost the fight against drugs. in november 1998 he was found dead in a hotel room in las vegas. the cause of death was heart failure due to drug abuse.

Mike Matusow – The Mouth

mike “the mouth” matusow is one of the most famous poker players in the world. in addition to his playful skills, his big mouth also contributed. in his career, he was able to collect four wsop bracelets and $ 10 million in tournament price money. however, a spine injury stopped him in 2014. despite the operation, the injury continued to restrict him. success failed to do the poker tables. the failure continued until matusow even lost pleiteging and his house. however, he fought his way back over the low stakes and landed in seven events in the money at the 2017 wsop. in the $ 50k poker player championship peppered by top -class $ 50k poker player, he won twelve. another seven cashes followed at wsop 2018. the mouth is back and can spit big tones again. that was certainly not the last time that we heard of him.

Viktor Blom – Isildur1

viktor blom drew attention to himself primarily at the online tables. at full tilt poker’s high-stakes tables, he was one of the fans’ favorites. “isildur1”, according to his player name, became known throughout the poker community because he measured himself with players like patrik antonius, phil ivey and tom dwan. six-digit pots and exciting games captivated many spectators on the pc screens. the poker is characterized by swing, but also knew viktor blom. so he usually coped with the fact that he won a few million dollars in short periods of losing two million only a month later. this was definitely not easy for the then 19-year-old. he had to experience this up and down of profits and losses again and again. after a bitter series of defeats in 2014, however, he disappeared from the high-stakes games at the online tables for some time. as it should be for a good poker player, he went back a few levels and tried lower stakes. as a result, he was able to rebuild his bankroll and now draws attention to himself as a live player. this year he won the partypoker millions USA main event and picked up 850,000 $ . now he is becoming more and more likely to see on tv what his numerous fans entertain.