'Since I have ten-high there's probably no way I'm gonna fold...'
If you were a fan of poker during the early 2000’s, you certainly remember Gus Hansen. He was always the poster-boy for the ultra-aggressive playing style, quite often making moves (like the ones above) that left people scratching their heads. But whatever your opinion is of his poker skills, you can’t deny his entertainment value. The excitement he was able to generate every time he was on television far outweighed any skill deficiency when it came to sponsorships and fan admiration. Here are a few facts that you might not know about ‘The Great Dane’:
- Prior to his poker maniac days Gus was a professional backgammon player
- He is the biggest loser in the history of online poker, currently down over $20 million (and that’s just what we can verify, there’s a chance he’s lost even more on untracked sites)
- He’s cashed for over $10 million lifetime in live tournaments, putting him at no.2 on the all-time Danish money list
- Gus was a sponsored Full Tilt Pro during the peak of the online poker boom and was still an ambassador for the site during the infamous ‘Black Friday’ incident of 2011. However, Hansen has never been linked to any of the theft and scams perpetrated by the Full Tilt board.
- He has largely fallen from public spotlight in recent years. However, this year he has made a few appearances in high stakes Vegas cash games, so maybe we’ll see more of him around the poker world in the near future.
- He is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame
- He was the first player to ever win 3 WPT titles
- He has 1 WSOP bracelet and 9 career cashes. His bracelet came during the 2010 WSOP Europe in London in the £10k heads up high roller. His most recent WSOP cash came in 2013 when he min-cashed the $5k H.O.R.S.E event.
- He was a founding partner of the poker site pokerchamp.com which launched in 2003 and eventually sold to Betfair for $100 million.
- In 2008 he published a book titled ‘Every Hand Revealed’, in which he detailed every single hand of his win at the Aussie Millions Main Event. (Personal Note: I read this book back when it was released and found it very funny. The book was sold as a strategy guide to help aspiring poker pros who could benefit from the secrets behind Hansen’s success. However, most of his success came from being Gus Hansen. His strategy required his opponents being afraid to play pots with him because of his image. Any regular guy who adopted his style would get crushed. Gus was playing in a different world than everyone else. In real life, people don’t like folding)
- He’s an avid tennis player and has been known to make huge wagers on matches
- His most recent live tournament cash came at EPT Vienna in 2014 when he took 71st in the Main Event for €12,600
- His largest career cash was for $1.7 million when he won the WPT $25k championship in Las Vegas in 2008
- Also in 2008, Hansen joined the commentary team for the World Series of Backgammon, which is broadcast all over Europe
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