Gus ‘The Great Dane’ Hansen was born in 1974 not far from Copenhagen in Denmark. The Dane grew up with a big focus on sports, and Gus was never far away from a tennis or football match.
When he was younger he was a maths whiz and this was his strongest subject at school. This interest led him towards the game of Backgammon which is heavily based on math.
He devoted his life to practising backgammon and eventually he moved to New York in America to test himself against the best backgammon players in the world. He spent some time visiting all the backgammon clubs in New York and other cities in America and it was during this time that he was introduced to various forms of Poker and made friends with two other famous names in the poker world, Huck Seed and Phil Laak.
With limited opportunities in the backgammon world Gus decided to turn his attentions to poker and began to learn and refine his game. Little did he know at this point that this would develop into one of the most aggressive and unique styles of play in the poker world today.
Gus first took part in the World Series of Poker in 1996 but was taught a harsh lesson after he was eliminated on the first day and having never played No Limit Holdem before he soon realised that he had a lot of work to do if he wanted to be a successful poker player.
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He began to experiment with his style to tailor it towards the game of no limit Holdem and the result of this was the loose aggressive style that we know and love to watch from Gus these days.
By the time of the poker boom really kicking in and the start of the World Poker Tour Gus had perfected his style and took the WPT by storm. He won the inaugural WPT event which was the $10,000 No Limit Holdem tournament at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic and then later on in series one of the WPT he won his second WPT title at the WPT L.A Poker Classic. Hansen earned over $1million from these two tournament wins.
In the second series of the World Poker Tour Gus continued his success wining the invitation only Bad Boys of Poker WPT tournament and the WPT Caribbean Adventure tournament. He also came close to a fifth WPT title when he came 3rd in the Bellagio Five Diamond WPT tournament.
To this date no one has matched the four WPT titles which Gus holds.
In 2005 Gus became more selective with the tournaments he played in and became more of a cash game player and is a regular at the ‘big game’ at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Despite this he still has strong tournament record in 2005 and 2006 making the final table of the FullTilt Poker Invitational event and winning the first series of the popular TV tournament Poker Superstars.
In 2006 Gus made poker history by winning the biggest ever single hand pot and everything was captured on the show High Stakes Poker. He won $575,700 in a pot against Daniel Negreanu when his quad fives beat Negreanu’s full house.
In 2007 he picked up another major tournament win when he won the Aussie Millions tournament in Melbourne.
His career tournament earnings are over $3.5million.
Outside of poker achievements he was voted the 50th sexiest man in the world in 2004 by People’s Magazine.
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Gus Hansen was a popular addition to the Full Tilt Poker team in 2006 and he can be found playing high stakes games on the Full Tilt Omaha tables.
He will also play in some of the bigger Full Tilt tournaments such as the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) and will often talk to the fans whilst playing.
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