While it's doubtful he was a no-call, no-show, Gus Hansen may have called but he did not show for the scheduled and highly publicized best of three heads-up matches that he was set to play against Viktor "Isildur1" Blom on Sunday at Full Tilt Poker!
The poker world was ready to start cheering for their favorite player when the cards went in the air in the Hansen versus Blom heads-up matches but only the Blom fans got their wish. The two high-stakes poker pros were supposed to be battling it out for a chance to win $50,000.
A representative of Full Tilt Poker alerted the poker world that "unforeseen circumstances" prevented Hansen from making it. PokerStars Team Pro Jake Cody stepped in to take up Hansen's position in the challenge and Cody would have taken the big chunk of cash if he ended the matches with a win.
The possibility has been posed that Hansen's losing over $20 million (according to HighStakesDB) may have been one of the reasons that he failed to show. Of course there is also the possiblity that Hansen may have been faced with an emergency or became ill. Did we mention that if we were fortunate enough to have $20 million to lose, we would become violently ill and possibly suicidal if we lost it? There is no information available at this time as to why Hansen did not show.
Pokerfuse.com received the following statement from a PokerStars representative, "We regret that Hansen was unable to play, and we apologize to his fans. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Gus Hansen did not play the heads-up match against Isildur."
PokerNews.com reached out to Full Tilt Poker to ask if the heads-up match would be rescheduled and received a "not too sure" answer.
Cody fans railed him through the best-of-three heads-up Sit N Go matches that were played in the following poker formats: 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, Triple Draw, and No Limit Hold’em.
Blom took out Cody in the No Limit Hold'em match to take home the bragging rights and $50,000. We can't help but wonder if the King of Swing (Blom) even feels $50,000 means anything after reading some of the massive wins and losses he goes through — almost weekly it seems.
Cody went to Twitter to tell his 30,000 followers how epic a win could have been.
jakecody Jake Cody
that would have been pretty epic, but couldn't pull it off and he won :/ snap busting the holdem didn't help haha 2014-09-14
The conditions of the match also included the loser singing the winner’s national anthem in a video or playing 1,000 hands of $0.05/$0.10 Razz. Cody got out of trying to croon Blom's national anthem and playing the Razz tables due to being called in as a substitute at the last minute.
Video caster and PLO grinder Joey Ingram didn't pull out just because Hansen didn't show, he covered the event with the help of high-stake player Brian Hastings stepping in for a guest appearance.
The following video has the details of the heads-up matches.