Gus Hansen Life Story
Gus Hansen, also known as, "The Great Dane," is a phenomenal poker play who has won three titles, the Aussie Millions championship, a WSOP gold bracelet, and a myriad of other tournaments.
His highly-aggressive approach and his ability to read other opponents contribute to his nearly $11 million career winning total and the honor of being inducted into the World Poker Tour Walk of Fame in 2004.
Gustav "Gus" Hansen was born on February 13th, 1974 just outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. When Hansen was younger, he was an excellent backgammon player. It wasn't until college, when he was attending the University of California Santa Cruz as a foreign exchange student that he was first introduced to poker. He enjoyed playing poker, but his true passion was to become a professional backgammon player.
In 1995, he was sent home to Denmark, to serve in the military for nine months. After his time in the service, Hansen moved to New York City to follow his dream and play backgammon professionally. There, however, weren't as many tournaments out there as he was hoping for so he gradually began to playing more poker to fill his time.
Career as a Poker Professional
In 2002, he won the World Poker Tour's Five-Diamond World Poker Classic and a prize of $550,000, which was more money than he had ever come across in his backgammon tournaments. He decided it would be in his best interest to devote focus his energy on becoming a professional poker player.
Hansen went on to win the inaugural $400,000 Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament in 2005, cashing in another $1,000,000. He played in the following year's tournament as well, but lost in the third round of the semifinals.
Hansen continued playing for several years, cashing in at tournaments here and there, until January 2007 when he won the $10,500 main event at the Aussie Millions in Melbourne, Australia, beating over 700 players and winning $1,500,000. This inspired him to write the book, Every Hand Revealed, a detailed account of his experience leading up to this victory.
In 2010, Hansen won the No Limit Hold'em High Roller Heads-Up event at the WSOPE, winning his first WSOP bracelet and $451,880. That same year he won heads-up against Tony Bloom in the Poker Million IX tournament, bringing home another $1 million cash prize.
Hansen was the first player to win four World Poker Tour open tournaments, including the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, the L.A. Poker Classic, the Bad Boys of Poker tournament, and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event.
Currently, Hansen is a regular competitor in Bobby's Room of the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, where stakes are higher there than any other casino in the world. He has been known to suffer significant losses at the Bellagio, having lost millions of dollars in a single game.
Hansen was a founding partner of the online poker site pokerchamps.com, which launched in 2003. Two years later, the company and all of its gaming software technology were sold to Betfair for $15 million dollars.
Hansen is quite the celebrity. He was featured on the second season of High Stakes Poker, where he won the fifth biggest pot in the show's history at $575,700, taking down the legendary Daniel Negreanu. He also accepted a small role as a poker player in the movie Redline, which came to theaters in 2007.
Hansen currently resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco and hasn't been in any serious relationships lately. In his spare time, he's the spokesperson for Frank Q, a popular men's fashion line in Denmark.
Author: Nicole Miller
Updated: October 2016
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