– General Information –
Nicknamed “The Great Dane,” Gustav “Gus” Hansen was born outside Copenhagen, Denmark on February 13, 1974. Originally named Gustav Jacobsen, the professional Danish poker player was a worldclass backgammon player and youth tennis champion prior to becoming a professional poker player in 1997.
Since going pro, Hansen has won the 2007 Aussie Millions main event, three World Poker Tour open titles, and one WSOP bracelet. He was also the first winner of the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2002: Won the WPT’s Five-Diamond World Poker Classic with a prize of $550,000
- 2004: Voted one of People magazine’s 50 Sexiest Men
- 2005: Won the 2005 Poker Superstars Invitational with a prize of $1,000,000
- 2007: Won the $10,500 main event at the Aussie Millions in Melbourne, Australia, beating over 700 players to take home a prize of $1,500,000
- 2008: Biggest Cash runner-up at 2008 Five-Star World Poker Classic (WPT) with a prize of $1,714,800
- 2010: Won WSOP Bracelet for No Limit Hold’em High Roller Heads-Up with a prize of £10,350
- 2012: Won the 2012 WSOP One Drop Mega Satellite with a prize of $1,000,000
– Gus Hansen’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
While attending UC Santa Cruz as an exchange student in 1993, Hansen was introduced to poker at the Ocean View Card Room. Two years later, he left California and returned ot Denmark to fulfill his service duties to his country.
When he completed his time as a civil servent, Hansen returned to the US. This time he headed to New York intending to to make his living as a professional backgammon player, but he started playing more poker when he discovered that the backgammon action was not as large as he’d imagined.
He officially transitioned to tournament poker in 2002 when he won the WPT’s Five-Diamond World Poker Classic, surpassing 146 opponents and taking home a cash of $550,000. Due to the wide range of hands he played, Hansen solidified his reputation as a loose and aggressive player.
→ World Series of Poker Bracelets ←
2010: Won bracelet for £10,350 No Limit Hold’em High Roller Heads-Up; £288,409 prize.
→ WPT ←
Hansen is the only three-time winner of WPT events, claiming victory in $10,000 games at the Commerce, the Bellagio, and in the Caribbean. He was also the first player to win three WPT open events, as well as being the inaugural winner of the WPT Bad Boys of Poker Invitational.
→ Other Tournaments ←
Hansen took home £53,600 (US$102,000) when he beat out Marc Goodwin to win the EPM inaugural event, The London All-Star Challenge, in September 2006. He also took home a first prize of $1,000,000 when he won the inaugural $400,000 Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament. He even took down poker royalty when he beat Daniel Negreanu on the second season of High Stakes Poker, winning the fifth biggest pot ($575,700) in the show’s history.
→ Live Cash Games ←
Admittedly a fan of cash games, Hansen is a regular at Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio, Las Vegas. The stakes here are the highest of any casino in the world, and Hansen has reportedly lost millions of dollars in a single game while playing there.
→ Online Poker ←
Hansen is one of the biggest losers in online poker history, reportedly having lost $21.7 million on Full Tilt as of March 2015. Nevertheless, he still enjoys playing online, especially when he wants to try out new games, which he did for Pot Limit Omaha.
→ Sponsorship Deals ←
He has an endorsement deal with Full Tilt. They provide his financial backing, and he plays exclusively at FullTiltPoker.com as a member of Team Full Tilt.
– Gus Hansen’s Private Life –
→ Love Life ←
Famous for being quite the playboy, Hansen was rumored be dating professional Danish professional tennis player Caroline Wozniacki in 2010, when she was the #1 ranked female player in the world. During this time, Wozniacki was seen globetrotting to many main events with Hansen, but the relationship seems to have fizzled out sometime in late 2011.
People magazine’s “50 Sexiest People” list in 2004 only further solidified his reputation as a player on the circuit.
He famously declared: “I am a very individual person. I like gambling. I love what I do, and I love the fact that I don’t have to answer to anyone . . . this way of life gives me a lot of freedom – no girlfriend, no ties, and I’m not looking. I like to hang out and have fun. I like my independence.“
In a 2008 video interview titled “Gus Hansen’s Advice On Women,” he explained how to land girls in Las Vegas and admitted he’s a “Lady’s Man“.
More recently, he’s been seen on Instagram posing with Australian Poker Player Lucy Lechich.
Although he’s been a resident of Monaco for 14 years and says he enjoys living there, Hansen claims that eventually he will return to Denmark.
→ Business ←
After building his online poker site, pokerchamps.com, Hansen sold it to Betfair (a British company) in 2005 for over 100M Danish kroner, which is approximately US$15M.
In 2007, Hansen published Every Hand Revealed, a book that details his experiences as a poker pro and the work that went into his victories.
The World Series of Backgammon, a high-stakes televised backgammon tour that is broadcast across Europe via Eurosport hired Hansen to join their commentary team in 2008.
Hansen launched GusHansenTV, a free poker channel broadcast over the Internet, in February 2009.
In a 2017 interview for Somuchpoker, Gus admitted that he’s gotten involved in the music business in Denmark, but he stated that “it went probably as bad as my online poker career!”
Occasionally, he also appears as a spokesperson for Frank Q, a popular Danish fashion line for men.
→ Net Worth ←
According to Hendonmob, Hansen’s live earnings total $10,258,051, while his largest live cash is $1,714,800.
→ Hobbies & Personal Life ←
Hansen regularly exercises his competitive hackles in a variety of games, including backgammon, bridge, chess, and go. He’s a huge sports fan and has coached several high level sports pros. Although he makes fewer TV appearances than some players, he did appear (as himself) playing poker with David Williams in the 2007 film Redline.
— Gus Hansen (@GusHansen) July 31, 2013
– Gus Hansen on Social Media –
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gushansen 51,700 followers
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Gus.Hansen.TeamFullTilt 36,600 fans
Instagram: www.instagram.com/therealgushansen 7,200 subscribers