Nickname: "The Great Dane" / "Gus Hansen" / "broksi"
Date of birth: February 13, 1974
Tournament winnings throughout the career: over 10 258 000$
Best result: 1 714 800$ (2nd place in NLH - 25 500$ Championship Event at the Five Star World Poker Classic WPT Las Vegas 2008)
Main achievements: the guy won four WPT trophies and he is a member of the WPT Hall of Fame.
Gustav Hansen, or as he is more often called - Gus Hansen, is a famous Danish poker player-high roller. Having high proneness to mathematics, Hansen showed himself well in backgammon in his youth, and then in poker. He mastered the card game in America, where he was sent to study at the University under the student exchange program. He lived in California for two years; then Gus returned to his native Copenhagen, served in the army and went back to the USA in 1996. Then, being an adult according to American standards, he went to the WSOP for the first time, but didn’t manage to get into prizes.
In New York, Gus Hansen met his future fellow-poker players and, under their influence, focused exclusively on the career of a poker player, gradually sharpening his skills and improving a play style.
The Dane has actively played in tournament poker and expensive cash games since 2002. He has managed to achieve his best results in tournaments of the World Poker Tour. The player’s first three victories took place at the WPT events and brought him a total of more than a million dollars of prize money. This served as an excellent start for Gus Hansen's professional career in poker.
In 2005, Gus Hansen became a member of Full Tilt Poker Team Pro and a few years later, when the poker room was bought out by PokerStars, he was honored to be the first player to have a sponsorship contract with Full Tilt.
Despite remarkable success, for a lot of people in the poker community Hansen is remembered for his loses and failures. He lost over 20 000 000$ online at Full Tilt, with which the player had a contract.
There are rumors that Gus Hansen is a bankrupt. However, there is no official confirmation of this fact. A poker player may sometimes be met in casino (at the cash tables mostly). After a long lull, in 2016-2018, the Dane started to more and more often appear in the headlines of poker news, however, this did not effect on his tournament results (the latest Hansen’s prize money in offline is dated 2014). It is most likely due to the fact that the player focused on cash games.
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Hansen’s Twitter (@GusHansen)
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Gustav Hansen’s website with the poker player's blog (http://gushansen.me)