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Gus Hansen - Profile

Gus Hansen has been around on the poker circuit for what seems like an age, but at only 38 he is still by all means a young gun. As a naturally aggressive player, some have said that Hansen’s style is typically everything you would try to avoid as a player, but it seems to work, and his live winnings of over $9 million would say that his style has worked. Here, we explore a bit more about Gus Hansen.

History and About

Born in Denmark, Hansen is one of the only ‘faces’ of poker (famous poker players) that is not American. The reason why it seems like he has been around for an age is because he has been playing poker for over 15 years. He has been classified as a professional since 1997 (when he was 23) about five years before the online game really took off online. Before this, Hansen was a professional backgammon player who also enjoyed success playing tennis at youth level.

Currently, Hansen lives in Monte Carlo, Monaco with his wife and young daughter. Apart from poker, Hansen loves all sports including; golf, tennis, squash and football.


Hansen has not had too much success in the main WSOP event even though he did once finish 61st cashing over $150,000. Hansen does have one bracelet at the biggest series of events in England when he won the £10,350 No Limit Hold'em High Roller Heads-Up event in the WSOPE, taking down just under £290,000 (roughly $400,000.)

The majority of Hansen’s success has come outside of America on the World Poker Tour (WPT.) In fact, he was the first ever player to win three WPT tournaments, and is currently the only player who has won four. He has also had some success on the European poker tour.

Arguably, Hansen’s biggest success came with the $10,500 main event at the Aussie Millions where he pocketed A$1,500,000 for finishing first. He even released a book called Every Hand Revealed where he details the pivotal hands in the tournament.

Hansen has openly stated that he does not have a very good record playing cash games. In fact, he actually admitted that he had cash worries because of his poor record on cash tables. One of Hansen’s most famed moments involved him winning the fifth biggest pot on television of $575,000 with 5-5s against Daniel Negreanu 6-6s with the flop hitting both a 6 and 5 and the turn hitting the one remaining 5 in the deck.


Off of the tables, Hansen has plenty of other business interests, most of which involve poker. He is still very keen of backgammon and regularly appears on the commentary team of the World Series of Backgammon. Hansen has had previous successes with poker books, DVDs and with other poker companies as well. Hansen regularly appears as a commentator for poker on both Danish and American television.

With all this in mind, Hansen isn’t looking anywhere else but the poker table at the moment, and regardless of what you think about him and his style, he always plays to win.

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