Gus Hansen, Poker Biography
by Jennifer Newell
Gus, born Gustav, Hansen was born on February 13, 1974, near Copenhagen, Denmark. As a young man, he was a proficient backgammon player and tennis champion, so it was only natural that he took to poker.
Hansen discovered the game and began playing on a regular basis when he was an exchange student at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He played live poker at the Ocean View card room in Santa Cruz but played on a relatively small scale until he burst into the world of major live tournament poker in 2002.
It was in 2002 that he won the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $556,460, and less than a year later, he won the WPT L.A. Poker Classic for $532,490. His third WPT title came in quick succession, when he took down the Bad Boys of Poker invitational event two months later, and he then placed third in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic later that year. And in January of 2004, he took yet another WPT title at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, which was worth $455,780. He even took third at another WPT event in 2005 at the Bay 101 Shooting Stars Main Event.
Hansen was also taking down other titles. He won the Poker Superstars Invitational Grand Final in 2005 for $1 million, and he made his first European Poker Tour final table in 2005 at the EPT Barcelona Open. He won a Poker After Dark episode in 2007, and he captured the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event title for AU$1.5 million.
In 2010, he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet at the WSOP Europe series, taking down a £10,000 NLHE High Roller Heads-Up event for €288,409. And that same year, he won the Full Tilt Poker Million IX for $1 million.
All the while, Hansen has been known for his cash game play in some of the largest stakes cash games in the world as well as online poker games for high stakes, where swings in the million range are not uncommon. In the online poker world, he founded the online poker site PokerChamps in 2003, which was ultimately sold to Betfair. And he became one of the members of Team Full Tilt later in that decade. He has also been involved in a website that he launched called ThePlayr.com, which consisted of a good deal of strategy and poker forum activity.
Hansen is also known for his non-poker betting, as he once took on a boxing competition against fellow poker player Theo Jorgensen. Meanwhile, he stayed involved in the backgammon community and spent time doing commentary for the televised World Series of Backgammon. And in 2008, he published a book called "Every Hand Revealed" to give readers and poker fans an inside look at his poker tournament game.
In live tournaments alone, Hansen has racked up more than $9 million in earnings. He has also been recognized by the WPT for his three titles, and he was inducted to the World Poker Tour Walk of Fame in 2004. Outside of poker, Hansen was voted one of People Magazine's 50 Sexiest Men in 2004.
Hansen now lives in Monaco and continues to play live and online poker as often as possible.Read Gus Hansen's Profile for more information including his tournament results and total winnings.
Jennifer Newell is a freelance writer, originally from St. Louis but now living in Los Angeles. She fell in love with poker while working at WPT and began writing about it in 2005.