The Great Dane Wins for Ireland

Gus Hansen entered the UK versus Ireland heads-up championship in the United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour Galway stop as an honorary Englishman but won the event in the green colours.

Gus 'The Great Dane' Hansen at the UKIPT Galway

The Galway stop of the United Kingdom and Ireland Poker Tour (UKIPT) runs from 27 July through 12 August. Among the many events of the Full Tilt Poker-sponsored tourney, a prestige game is also organised: a heads-up gala featuring the UK versus Ireland. FTP pro Gus Hansen also participated in the €1,100 tournament, starting as an honorary Englishman. Still, as the game progressed, he switched sides and finished in the Irish colours.

‘The Great Dane’ eventually took down the championship, besting the likes of Jake Cody, Jude Ainsworth and Martins Adeniya.

"I've been named an honorary Englishman for the #UKIPTGalway Heads-up championship and already advanced to round two. #luckoftheenglish” – the WSOP title holder tweeted first.

"I'm in the semi-finals of the @UKIPT Heads-up and despite playing for UK until now I figured when in Galway #GOgreen” – Hansen added later.

Gus Hansen wins UKIPT Galway UK v Ireland HU

In the end, he posted the picture above, saying: “Just won the UK/Ireland Heads-up Championship at #UKIPTGalway for the home team #gogreen”

Hansen won ahead of three English players; David Nicholson, Kevin Williams and Max Silver finished in the money.

The end results were as follows:

1st: Gus Hansen – $21,443
2nd: David Nicholson – $14,295
3-4th: Kevin Williams – $5,956
3-4th: Max Silver – $5,956