Gus Hansen fans were left disappointed as he failed to show up for his scheduled and well publicized best-of-three heads-up matches against Viktor "Isildur1" Blom at Full Tilt Poker on Sunday.
Hansen was expected to play against Blom heads up for a shot for $50,000.
While Hansen was unavailable to play due to what a representative of the room called "unforeseen circumstances," this gave PokerStars Team Pro Jake Cody a chance at padding his bankroll after graciously accepting the challenge in Hansen's place.
Hansen has lost over $20 million playing the nosebleed stakes at Full Tilt Poker, according to HighStakesDB. Whether it was his record-breaking downswing or an actual emergency causing his absence is unknown at this time.
A PokerStars representative issued a statement to Pokerfuse, "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."
We asked Full Tilt Poker whether the originally scheduled heads-up match would be rescheduled and they are "not too sure" whether it will be or not.
While Hansen fans were left disappointed, Cody fans got to root for their hero in the best-of-three heads-up sit-n-go matches featuring stud hi-lo, triple draw, and no-limit hold’em poker formats.
Ultimately, it was Blom fans who got their wish when he beat Cody during the no-limit hold'em match to win the $50,000 along with bragging rights.
Cody tweeted to his almost 30,000 Twitter followers how epic it would have been to win.
that would have been pretty epic, but couldn't pull it off and he won :/ snap busting the holdem didn't help hahaFollow @jakecody
The loser of this match not only has to see $50,000 be awarded to the winner, but was also scheduled to either produce a video of themselves singing the winner’s national anthem, or take to the tables to play 1,000 hands of $0.05/$0.10 razz. Since Cody was a last-minute substitute, he was let off the hook and was not required to do either task.
Video caster and PLO grinder Joey Ingram covered the event in spite of Hansen's absence with high-stake poker professional Brian Hastings making a guest appearance. If you are curious to see how the matches went down in detail, you can check them out in the video below.