6th on All-Time Money Leader on the WPT $2,161846Only player with three WPT Titles Six total cashes on the WPT24th on All-Time Money ListOnly One cash at the WSOPWon the Bad Boys of PokerWon the Superstars InvitationalTotal tournament earnings: $3,294,588Cash Game Accomplishments:
If you've ever seen Gus on television you'd know one thing for sure: Gus has a lot of gamble in him. Gus will regularly play in the biggest cash games in the world as high as $4000-$8000 mixed with the world's best players.Best game:
No Limit Hold'em. Gus also has a great imagination for 2-7 triple draw but his brute aggression he utilizes in no limit hold'em make it his best game.Worst Game:
7 Card Stud H/L. For some reason he just doesn't get this game. If you asked Gus what his worst game was Iím certain he'd agree, it just doesn't click for him. Strengths:
Math skills. That may sound strange to most but everything Gus does is rooted in mathematics. Gus is arguably the best backgammon player in the world and has transferred those skills to the poker table. His approach to the game is closer to mathematically optimal than the approach of say, a David Sklansky type. Weaknesses:
He can be too reckless at times. It's a fine line between genius play and just plan maniacal play and Gus often flirts with that line on a regular basis. Also his approach isn't as perfectly suited for cash game play as it is for tournament play.Cash Games: 6Tournaments: 8 Emotional Stability: 6 Heart: 8 Short Handed: 8.5 Ring Game: 6 No Limit Hold'em: 9Other notes:
Gus' style is often misunderstood as "lucky" since he appears to take the worst of it so often in rather large pots. What people don't often realize is that on television you don't see the whole picture. They don't show all of the money Gus picks up in between by forcing his opponents into submission while they wait to trap him. A Gus like image is the perfect image to have for tournament poker. Gus has proven that he has the guts to call big bets with weak hands and will keep coming at you like a bull. There is no easy defense against that other than to try to outwit him after the flop. Some have tried to force Gus to play pre-flop poker, but in doing so they often over play their hands and leave themselves vulnerable when Gus does wake up with a hand. A perfect example of this would have been Howard Lederer's approach to playing Gus in the Superstars event. Howard tried to force Gus out before the flop by making huge re-raises which ultimately was his demise.