Gus Hansen Biography

Born: Copenhagen, Denmark on February 13, 1974
Tournament Winnings: $3,974,967
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WPT Titles: 3* (Won Bad Boys Or Poker also)

Gus Hansen was no stranger to competition growing up. During his youth, he was a tennis champion and he was a world-class backgammon player long before he became known for his poker skills. Hansen was not introduced to poker until he came to the United States as an exchange student in 1993. While attending the University of California Santa Cruz, Hansen also picked up the game of poker.

He made a splash on the major tournament scene with a win at the inaugural season of the WPT by taking down the Five Diamond World Poker Classic and the L.A. Poker Classic in 2002 and 2003. The Five Diamond was the first ever WPT event and soon Gus was the face of the WPT. The two wins were worth more than $1 million. His super-aggressive, gambling style was either loved or hated by aspiring poker players who watched.

Known as "The Great Dane", he continued his success at the WPT with a third win at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2004 worth $455k. He partnered that win with a win at the invitation-only Bad Boys of Poker and to date, Gus is the only player to have 4 WPT titles to his name.

In 2005, Gus was more selective with his tournament play and began playing big-time cash games. His biggest notable success in '05 was winning the Grand Final of the first Poker Superstars Invitational.

In 2006, Gus added another unique distinction to his resume when he beat Daniel Negreanu for the biggest pot in the history of High Stakes Poker, a show aired in the U.S. on the Game Show Network. In the hand, Gus turned quad 5s which also gave Negreanu a full house of 6s full of 5s. The pot was worth just over $575k. (Video can be found here:

In 2007, Hansen, dogged by rumors of major cash game losses (some true) and bankruptcy (not true), resurrected his tournament success with a first place finish in the Aussie Millions worth over $1 million. Soon after, Gus signed with Full Tilt and frequently plays on Full Tilt's bigger Pot Limit Omaha games.

Hansen has admitted to having huge ups and downs at the cash tables including losing sessions of over a million dollars. He's also struggled with an addiction to sports betting and rumors have put his sports betting losses higher than any of his other high-stakes endeavors.

On the business end of Gus Hansen, he's been a highly marketable name. His signing with Full Tilt in 2007 was considered by many one of the biggest in Online poker rivaling PokerStars' signing of Daniel Negreanu. He has his own website, ThePlayr, which features videos and instruction and a unique feature called the Gus Tracker which reports everywhere Hansen goes. In addition, his first book, "Every Hand Revealed" is due to be released on April 29, 2008. In the book, Hansen chronicles every hand that he played with the exception of those he folded with no action pre-flop in his win at the Aussie Millions in '07.