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Gus Hansen – Biography and Game Achievements

Gus Hansen is the most mysterious player in the history of poker. For his special hard playing style, combined with unpredictability, he was nicknamed “The Great Dane”. Gus believes ability to concentrate on players and not on cards the main reason for his achievements. This approach to the game is reflected in his autobiographical work “Every Hand Revealed”.

Great Dane

Gustav Hansen’s date of birth is February 13, 1974. He was born in the capital of the Kingdom of Denmark, studied well at school, enthusiastically played football and tennis and was very fond backgammon.

Having got seriously interested in backgammon, Hansen began to take part in youth tournaments in Denmark and got a chance to play at international championships. In one of New York clubs he met Phil Laak pros and Huck Seed. This meeting was significant for Hansen – he discovered a new game and new opportunities.

Gus Hansen

Tournament results

The first WSOP championship in which Hansen took part in 1996 ended in failure. Gus’ first victory occurred only after 6 years – all this time he intensively honed his skills by studying poker both from theoretical and psychological point of view.

2002 was marked by a victory at the WPT “Five Diamond” championship, and a year later Hansen repeated the result at the alike tournament – “L.A. Poker Classic”. This success made the future pro 1 000 000 $ richer.

In 2004 Gus won at the “Caribbean Adventure” tournament games and at the “WPT Bad Boys”. Gus was WPT champion for three times, 5 times he played at the final table tournaments of this series, and in 2004 the worthy player was allocated a place of honor at the Walk of Fame.

2007 brought Hansen victory at the Australian championship with a win of 1 million Australian dollars. The biggest win was waiting for him in 2008 – at the WPT he went second and won a prize of $ 1 714 800.

At the WSOP in 2010 Hansen managed to win a gold bracelet and a prize of 288 409 pounds. “Live” tournaments in 2010 brought him no less than $ 10 000 000./

In 2012 the lucky player came third at “Aussie Millions Championship” competitions and earned $ 823 000, and six months later victory at the “One Drop Mega Satellite” tournament earned him another $ 1 000 000.

Unsinkable Hansen

According to HighstakesDB in 2014 he lost more than 5 million dollars and was considered the most unprofitable player. His losses for the entire poker career exceeded 20 million dollars.

In early autumn 2014 “The Great Dane” put the end to the relations with Full Tilt, and after a series of failures online he concentrated on the game of bridge, invested a lot in the Bridge + More project (device for shuffling the cards in bridge). In 2015, Hansen plans to show up at the Grand Final of the EPT and World Series.