“SallyWoo” may never have crossed the average online poker player's radar but the unidentified high-takes online pro that headed for Mexico after Black Friday is more than a blip on a dark screen to some. Eight sessions into the New Year have found the Omaha Hi/Lo (FLO8) specialist up $504,679 after playing 1,738 hands.
“SallyWoo” has recently opted out of having his long-term results tracked along with his friends Kyle “KPR16” Ray and Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon that have made the same choice. Read Chad Holloway's op-ed titled The Problems of Opting Out from Online Tracking for a look at the issues.
High-stakes player Gus Hansen has a problem with the recent trend. Hansen's loose style of play has raised eyebrows more than once and he finished 2013 as the biggest loser by dropping more than $8.4 million playing online. Just before the New Year Hansen went to war with “SallyWoo” in the chat box over at Full Tilt Poker.
Hansen has played 27 sessions since the New Year and is up $155,111 in 4,485 hands. He was disconnected from a game of FLO8 after being three-bet and apparently that became a colossal issue and the beginning of a major confrontation. Hansen said he had a “friend” that felt “SallyWoo” should pay Hansen back the $4,000 that Hansen invested in the hand before the disconnect happened. “SallyWoo” responded by referencing a deal the two had made previously concerning situations such as those. That's when Hansen threw down the glove and accused "SallyWoo" of using a computer program.
The chat log pertaining to the accusation:
SallyWoo: and this "friend" of yours told u i closed the table, when i didnt
SallyWoo: and i explained why, this "friend" should have also seen what happened
Gus Hansen: the computer program right by your side - could be slippery slope
SallyWoo: are you accusing me of cheating?
Gus Hansen: and funny enough all the guys taking about integrity is you KPR and Cotton like you have to prove something
Gus Hansen: nope I am not
Hattenford (Observer): confirmed Gus, i was here to, he didnt close it
Gus Hansen: accusing you of cheating
Gus Hansen: of course not
SallyWoo: you accused me of closing tables to pull and angle and then have a computer prgram next to me, thats out of line imo
Gus Hansen: Please tell me that will swear right hear that you dont have a O8 computer program
Gus Hansen: anyways - I dont have a case in court - but I doubt any poker player would rule that you should keep the 4K
SallyWoo: you really are accusing me of this gus?
Gus Hansen: do whatever you think is right
SallyWoo: tell me upfront
Gus Hansen: I am not accusing you of anythjing
SallyWoo: what was our deal with dc, i will always honor it now and in future
Gus Hansen: I believe you have an O8 program - thats all I said
SallyWoo: i thought deal was if either player dc we return btns (i have done that for u 30 times)
SallyWoo: and if guy dc we check it down
Gus Hansen: maybe 130
SallyWoo: but if he dc after we bet its on player?
Gus Hansen: 571
Gus Hansen: ok
SallyWoo: im honoring our deal, as i always have
SallyWoo: what is 130 and 571?
Gus Hansen: times you have paid me back after disconnect
SallyWoo: every time u have those short dc dont i always adjust btns for u?
Gus Hansen: I havent said you didnt
Gus Hansen: just enjoyed your exaggeration
SallyWoo: state the deal with dc and i will honor it, always have, but u were the one when we made deal that said if guy dc AFTER we bet its on him
SallyWoo: i remeber the conversation vividly
Gus Hansen: not sure we specifically said that
Gus Hansen: but this was preflop
SallyWoo: we did, ill ask FT to retrieve chat if they will, can u have them do it? i give you them and u permission to read it
Gus Hansen: whatever
Gus Hansen: since this was probably last time we played - I just wanna add it was funny you were so offended of me saying you have an O8 computer program - since obviously you do
SallyWoo: ohh lord gus, i dont cheat
SallyWoo: i did nothing wrong here, ill ask ft for our conversation about our deal and send it to u on twitter or something
Gus Hansen: lol - I guess you are trying to start a career as a politician, since you like to answer in east when the question came from west
Gus Hansen is one of the FTP Professionals and his accusations have hit the forums like a tidal wave. Many believe that Hansen was sounding off on his suspicions (and some in the community agree) but most believe that taking the issue into a chat was out of line on his part.
“Gus was clearly tilting when he made these accusations, and none of them are clear, concise accusations. They are just wild tilting shouts of a person who is losing millions and millions online playing games he thinks he's the best at, but in reality the world has moved passed him,” said HighStakesDB forum member “LostSam”. “As often is the case, accusations without any proof whatsoever other than loose conjecture will stain a person's image. People will now think Sallywoo cheats, even though there actually is ZERO proof other than the fact he's very good at a game he's been playing for the last decade.”
While Hansen's accusations may affect whether or not a player chooses to sit with “SallyWoo," that didn't slow the unidentified player down as Saturday found him scoring $241,300 when he won $151,000 from Viktor “Isildur1” Blom at the $2,000/$4,000 FLO8 tables in 26 hands in 14 minutes and $89,700 from “Sanlker” in 288 hands of $500/$1,000 CAP No Limit Hold’em.
PokerWorks will have more news as it develops on this situation.