Gus Hansen: Player Profile

There are a few poker players in the world that can claim they are as multi-talented as Gus Hansen. Hansen not only displays incredible poker talent, but he is also known as a class backgammon player, champion tennis player, and entrepreneur.

Hansen boasts WPT titles and a WSOP bracelet. He has millions of dollars’ worth of poker winnings. He is truly a great player to watch on the tables. If you want to know more about Gus Hansen, read on and learn!

Gus Hansen: Beginnings in Poker

Gus Hansen was born in Demark, in a little town near Copenhagen. Before becoming a professional poker player, Hansen was a champion tennis player and a world-class backgammon player. He moved to the U.S. and attended university in Santa Cruz. He returned to Demark in 1995 to sign up for military service for nine months.

After his military stint, he moved back to the U.S., arriving in New York to play high-limit backgammon and gin games. Later on, his interest switched to poker. He learned all the poker rules and techniques he could find. In 2002, he decided to take on tournament poker. He settled in California where he started playing at the Ocean View Card Room.

Gus Hansen: Professional Poker Success

In his first World Poker Tour event, he took home US$556,460 from the Five Diamond Classic in 2002. Only a few months later, he won another US$532,490, by winning the WPT Poker Classic

In the beginning of 2004, Hansen took a WPT title at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. He walked away with US$455,780.

The following year, Hansen made it to the last table of the WPT Shooting Stars Main Event. After a few weeks, he won US$1 million by finishing in first place at the WPT Grand Final.

In the 2006 WSOP event called Tournament of Champions, Hansen made it to the final table but lost on the very first hand with Ace-King against a pair of 9s. He was in Singapore in November 2006 to participate in the Betfair Asian Poker Tour.

2007 was a great year for Hansen. He cashed in money by playing at the $10,000 no limit Texas Hold 'Em championship, coming in 61st place out of a field of 6,358 players. He won a total of US$154,194.

That same year, he was the first winner on NBC’s Poker After Dark. He played against other poker pros, including Phil Hellmuth and Huck Seed for the US$120,000 prize.

In one of his biggest wins of that year, Hansen collected a whopping AU$1.5 million after defeating 747 players at the $10,500 main event at the 2007 Aussie Millions in Melbourne.

The following year on April 2008, Hansen came in second to David Chiu at the sixth season of WPT Championship. He took home US$1,714,800.

Hansen successfully earned a WSOP bracelet in 2010 at the WSOP Europe. He won a total of €288,409. He also took down the Full Tilt Poker Millions for one million dollars.

Hansen can sometimes be seen playing at top online poker sites like

Gus Hansen: Major Tournaments

To date, Hansen has one WSOP bracelet. He also has 9 money finishes in WSOP – the highest of which was in 2007.

Hansen also has 3 WPT titles. He made it to 7 final tables and has had 9 money finishes. He was the very first player to win 3 titles. He also won the first WPT Bad Boys of Poker invitational event.

In the European Poker Tour, Hansen has made it once to the final table. He also has 2 money finishes.

Gus Hansen’s Style of Play

Hansen plays in many of the larger buy-in events, but his speciality is No Limit Hold 'Em. More specifically, Hansen’s style matches short-handed No Limit games perfectly. He is known as a tough lowball player.

His appearances at live tables always seem to produce some great moments in poker. He is known to see many flops, with a variety of odd starting poker hands. He also loves to make crazy, bold bluffs.

Hansen can be a very loose and unpredictable when he plays. But he is not simply reckless, his plays are thoughtful and timely. He is one of the greatest players in post-flop play. He displays great confidence, although he is known to get a bit emotional at the tables, needing to take some time over a bad beat or a miscue.

Despite his success at live tournaments, he has admitted losing millions of dollars at cash games. But overall, Hansen has earned a reputation for being a player who is not afraid to play any poker hand – and play it aggressively.

Gus Hansen's Poker Fame

Hansen has racked up over US$10 million in live tournament earnings. He is widely recognised in the poker world for his success at the WPT tables. In 2004, Hansen received a great honour – an induction to the WPT Walk of Fame.

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Gus Hansen the Businessman

Hansen has been involved in several online poker-related business ventures. The first one was back in 2003 when he became the founding partner of the site the website was eventually sold to Betfair in 2005 for over US$15 million.

In 2007, Hansen launched a great online poker platform and forum where he published blog articles. After a year, he sold his interest. His next business project was in 2009 when he launched a free poker channel broadcast called GusHansenTV. This channel was available over the internet.

Gus Hansen Trivia

  • Hansen’s unique personality and popularity put him on the '50 Sexiest People' list of People Magazine in 2004.
  • In 2005, Hansen appeared in “Texas Hold'Em Poker Advanced Strategies With Gus Hansen”, one of the “Going All In” instructional DVD series.
  • Aside from playing poker, backgammon and tennis, Hansen also loves to write. In 2008, he wrote a book titled “Every Hand Revealed”. This book was an intricate account of all his worst and best poker hands that eventually led him to win at the 2007 Aussie Millions.

Gus Hansen Net Worth and Winnings

According to the latest figures from the Hendon Mob Poker Database, Gus Hansen winnings are estimated at about US$10,258,052. His best live cash win is US$1,714,800. These numbers put Gus Hansen worth in 2nd place on Denmark’s All Time Money List.

Hansen’s current rank in the All Time Money List is 44th. His best rank in the list was 11th.

Although he is not commonly seen online at poker sites, Hansen garners a lot of attention in social media. Hendon Mob places him in 12th place for Popularity Rankings.

Notable Career Highlights of Gus Hansen

Here is a list of Hansen’s most memorable wins, starting from his biggest win at the WPT No-Limit Hold'em Championship Event in 2008.

DateEventBuy-inPlaceWinnings (in USD)
Apr 26, '08
WPT No-Limit Hold'em Championship Event 15 (2008 Five-Star World Poker Classic WPT)
Jan 19, '07
No-Limit Hold'em Main Event Championship (2007 Aussie Millions)
Feb 09, '05
No-Limit Hold'em Main Event (2005 Poker Superstars Invitational)
Jul 01, '12
2012 WSOP One Drop Mega Satellite (2012 WSOP One Drop Mega Satellite)
Jan 27, '12
Event 20 - No-Limit Hold'em $250,000 Challenge (2012 Aussie Millions)
May 31, '02
No Limit Hold'em - Final (Five Diamond World Poker Classic)
Feb 23, '03
No Limit Hold'em Championship (2003 L.A. Poker Classic WPT)
Jan 24, '04
No-Limit Hold'em (2004 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure WPT)
Sep 23, '10
Event 4 - No-Limit Hold'em High Roller Heads-Up (2010 World Series of Poker Europe - London)
Mar 11, '05
No-Limit Hold'em Championship (2005 Bay 101 Shooting Star WPT)
Jun 03, '11
$25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up Championship (2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker)
Dec 18, '03
WPT No Limit Hold'em Championship (2003 Bellagio Five-Diamond World Poker Classic)
Jul 17, '07
Event 55 - World Championship No-Limit Hold'em (2007 38th Annual World Series of Poker)
Oct 16, '07
No-Limit Hold'em Championship (2007 Spanish Championship WPT)
Jun 30, '09
Event 49 - $50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E (2009 40th Annual World Series of Poker)
Sep 11, '06
Main Event (2006 London All Star Challenge)
Sep 17, '05
EPT Championship Event - Event 6 (2005 EPT Barcelona - Season II)
Sep 16, '07
No-Limit Hold'em Main Event Championship (2007 World Series of Poker Europe - London)
Sep 07, '08
Main Event (2008 Partouche Poker Tour)
Mar 02, '08
NBC Heads-Up Championship Event (2008 NBC National Heads-Up Championship)
Dec 17, '07
Doyle Brunson Classic Championship Event 13 (2007 Five Diamond World Poker Classic WPT)