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Gus Hansen Tweet Sparks Intense Controversy

Takes To Social Media Around Christmas To Talk About Howard Lederer


On Christmas day, poker professional Gus Hansen started a series of three Tweets that resulted in a storm of public Internet backlash. Hansen was commenting on Howard Lederer, who just recently settled his civil case with the U.S. government.

Hansen got things going by saying:

He then wrote:

The last comment was highly retweeted and received numerous replies, nearly all of which were in disagreement. Some notable poker pros responded to Hansen.

Even Black Friday defendant Chad Elie chimed into the conversation.

While the response was overwhelmingly negative, at least one big name poker pro thought Hansen had a legitimate point.

The Tweet wasn’t contained to Twitter, as Hansen’s comments were also posted on Internet poker forums and received hundreds of replies in a week’s time.

Unlike Lederer and others associated with the old company, Hansen was never accused of any misconduct. He told Card Player this fall a little bit about his decision to rejoin Full Tilt Poker, now under the ownership of former industry rival PokerStars.

According to HighstakesDB, Hansen lost more than $3.1 million on the software between Nov. 6 and the end of 2012 — worst in the online poker world.