Gus Hansen

Gus Hansen

Gustav “Gus” Hansen is a professional poker player from Denmark. His nickname is The Great Dane. So far, he has won a World Poker Tour open titles three times, won the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event and been the runner-up in a Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament. He has one WSOPE bracelet; it is from the WSOPE 2010 £10,350 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Heads-Up.

Hansen has been a part of the World Poker Tour Walk of Fame since 2004. He was inducted at the same time as Doyle Brunson and James Garner.

When PokerStars relaunched Full Tilt Poker in 2012, Gus Hansen was the first brand ambassador to be re-signed.

As of 2014, Hansen had won over $11.2 millions from live poker tournaments. Despite winning huge sums playing live tournament poker, Gus Hansen has struggled financially at times. This is reportedly due to big losses in live cash games, as well as substantial losses that occurred online at Full Tilt Poker. As of March 2015, Hansen has lost over $20 million on Full Tilt Poker.

Gus Hansen is a regular in The Big Game in Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas. The Big Game is a poker cash game where the minimum buy-in is $20,000. Players usually buy in for $200,000 or more. The Big Game features a variety of poker variants played in rotation, with a new variant being played every ten hands or so.

Gus Hansen likes to bet on various things, including personal athletic challenges. He did for instance bet on a boxing match between himself and fellow poker pro Theo Jorgensen.

Examples of business ventures in which Hansen is or has been involved are ThePlayr.com, GusHansenTV and PokerChamps.com. PokerChamps.com was launched in 2003 and sold to Betfair in 2005. For the site and its associated game software technology, Betfair paid approximately €13 million.

Personal life

  • Gustav Jacobsen was born near Copenhagen, Denmark on February 13, 1974.
  • In his youth, he was a youth tennis champion.
  • Before turning his attention to poker in his mid-20’s, he was a world class backgammon player. (In 2008, Hansen became a commentator for the World Series of Backgammon.)
  • Gus Hansen resides in Monaco.
  • In 2004, Hansen was voted one of People Magazine’s 50 Sexiest Men.

Gus Hansen player facts

  • Gus Hansen got bitten by the poker bug when he was an exchange student at UC Santa Cruz, USA. He began playing poker at the Ocean View Card Room in Santa Cruz.
  • Gus Hansen has one bracelet from World Series of Poker Europe. He won this in the WSOPE 2010 £10,350 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Heads-Up. In addition to the bracelet, he was awarded £288,409 in prize money.
  • Hansen has made it to the money nine times in WSOP/WSOPE.
  • Hansen has three titles from World Poker Tour (WPT). He was the first player ever to win three WPT titles from open WPT tournaments.
  • Hansen has made it to seven WPT final tables.
  • Hansen has made it to the money in nine WPT tournaments.
  • Hansen has made it to the money in two European Poker Tour (EPT) tournaments, including one final table.
  • Hansen won the 2007 Aussie Millions $10,500 Main Event. His prize was 1.5 million Australian dollars. More info about this can be found in the book “Every Hand Revealed”.
  • Hansen won the Poker Million IX, after heads-up against Tony Bloom. The first prize was $1 million.

Invite only

Gus Hansen has won or placed high in a lot of invitational poker tournaments for world class players. He did for instance win the The London All Star Challenge in September 2006, which was the very first EPM tournament. For this feat, he was awarded with $102,000.

Hansen won the WPT Bad Boys of Poker invitational event, and the inaugural $400,000 Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament. The latter earned him a nice $1 million.

In 2006, Hansen and his Danish team mates won the PartyPoker.com Football & Poker Legends Cup tournament. The team consisted of Hansen, Theo Jorgensen and Kim Christofte.

Hansen was the first winner of NBC’s “Poker After Dark”.