Gus Hansen is an inveterate poker playboy and has to be one of the most colourful characters in the modern game. He has, in all likelihood, lost more money than he has won, and he has a herd of fans – mostly female – which follows his every move, on and off the tables.
Hansen clearly lives for poker, and any other sport or game that can be wagered on, and apart from his illustrious professional poker career, he has featured in several high profile television poker shows and was the founding partner of an online poker site which sold for millions of dollars recently.
The Great Dane, as he is known in the industry because of his country of origin, Denmark, now resides in the tiny Principality of Monaco, a known tax haven for the rich and restless. The only item that is spectacularly missing from his very impressive CV is a WSOP bracelet!
Hansen learnt his trade at the University of Santa Cruz in California where he was an exchange student, and it wasn’t very long before he was in the money in some of the world’s most prestigious poker events. Hansen is notorious for playing a very loose, aggressive game, and he often landed up in the red. His money woes are public record, and it is frightening to think that a man who has won so much moola can lose it just as easily.
Hansen is a showman, and the broader public rejoice in his heavy handed antics, so much so that in 2004 he was inducted into the WPT Walk of Fame. He joins the heady company of the legendary Doyle Brunson and Hollywood movie star, James Garner.
He currently features on the Professional Poker Tour (PPT) and is a regular on the popular TV series, ‘High Stakes Poker’, which is into its second season. He stunned TV audiences all over the world when he narrowly beat the famous Daniel Negreanu and picked up the second biggest pot in ‘High Stakes Poker’ history – $575 700!
He won the 2007 main event at the Aussie Millions and in 2008 was given the honour of calling the games to begin.
- In 2007 he came 61st in the $10 000 No Limit Hold ‘Em main event championship and pocketed $154 194
- Again in 2007 he won the Aussie Millions main event and walked away with a small fortune – AUS$1.5 million
- He was the first winner of NBC’s ‘Poker after Dark’, outlasting the likes of Phil Helmuth and Huck Seed. He claimed $120 000 for his efforts.
- He won the inaugural Poker Superstars event and was awarded $1 million in prize money
- In 2006 he won $120 000 at the inaugural EPM (European Poker Masters) event in London, the All Star Challenge
- He is the only player to have won three WPT Open tournaments.
- He came first in the WPT Bad Boys of Poker Invitational
- In 2004 he was voted the ‘sexiest poker player’ by People’s Magazine
- In 2005 he and his partner sold the online poker site, pokerchamps.com to Betfair in the UK for over $15 million.