Gus Hansen is easily one of the most popular Poker stars of the modern era. Not just because of his devilishly good looks, but because he has notched up an outstanding list of career wins. Plus he has been a key figure of the World Poker Tour for over twenty years.
Nicknamed the ‘Great Dane’ Gus Hansen is one of the most aggressive poker players on the world circuit. His reputation precedes him when it comes to pre-flop raises and reckless abandonment making him a very dangerous tournament player. Hansen plays cards that most of us would rather walk away from the table then play, but incredible skill, great bluffing techniques, and hard-line betting goes a long way.
Who Is Gus Hansen
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1974 Gustav Jacobsen was nicknamed Gus by his Mum when he was a small boy. But it was his father who created his strategic spark when he taught Gus how to play backgammon in the summer before Highschool.
It was not until he was a student at the University of California Santa Cruz, that he really turned his focus to Poker.
Like many poker players, the years of playing backgammon contributed to his developed skill and aggressive gambling style. Hansen credits the lessons learned from being a ranked professional backgammon player for his rapid rise to success in poker.
On top of this, Hansen was a gifted tennis player which would have contributed heavily to his competitive nature. It seems that had it not been for problems with injury, Gus could well have been well known as a tennis professional.
The Career of Gus Hansen
Gus Hansen has had a wild career so far. But what is impressive, is his early years. Even though Gus started playing poker in the mid-nineties, he was semi-professional by 1997.
But it was not until 2002, that he really started to take the big wins, taking over half a million in the Five-Diamond World Poker Classic. The year after, Gus took a win of over half a million again in the No-Limit Hold’em Championship. There was no turning back after winning this kind of money, so Gus turned all of his focus to poker.
This is were Gus Hansen started to really stamp his position as a poker legend. In the years running up to 2010, Gus won the Poker After Dark Tournament in 2007, he was the first person to win three World Poker Tour Tournaments, the Aussie Millions event in 2007, Poker Million IX tournament 2010 and in the same year the most coveted prize of all – the World Series of Poker bracelet.
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What is Gus Hansen Worth Today
It is said that Gus Hansen’s net worth at the start of 2020 is estimated to be around twelve million dollars. Plus he was ranked 11th on the All-Time Money List but sits at 89th today.
He would still be ranked much higher if it was not for some epic losses in more recent times. It’s said that Gus Hansen has lost up to $20 million dollars playing online poker.
However, after living in Monaco for many years Gus Hanson is now based in Las Vegas and still going strong. Yes, his career has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. But it sure has been entertaining for all you Poker fans out there.
Let’s hope we get the see a lot more of the Great Dane again in the coming years.