Gus Hansen was one of the most well-known faces in poker in the late 2000s. Hansen, nicknamed “Great Dane”, surprised the poker world. He introduced a very bold and aggressive play style.
The huge bluffs and seemingly crazy moves puzzled other players and fans. But they succeeded.
In the second half of the 2000s, Gus Hansen achieved several big results in major tournaments, building his assets and reputation.
Although the Danes’ poker methods are often criticized and described as reckless. But watching him do his thing is a real enjoyment for fans of the game.
Gus Hansen is never afraid to pull the trigger, even in the most desperate situations. This makes him a very unpredictable and difficult opponent.
Today, everyone knows the range of 3-bet and 4-bet. But when Hansen emerged in the poker world, it was a different era.
The players simply don’t know how to adapt to Hansen’s aggressive style. It took them a while to understand. However, when they did this, Hansen had won countless poker honors and a lot of bonuses.
However, a few years ago, Hansen almost eliminated himself from the public eye, reducing his appearance on television and participating in various poker shows.
So, what happened to Gus Hansen? “Great Dane” Where are these days? Is he still playing poker? Or, like many others, switch to pursuing different passions?
The rise and fall of Gus Hansen
Hansen began to emerge in the early 21st century. His first big victory was in 2002. At that time, he won the WPT Five Diamond Classic. He won the WPT: Five Diamond Classic in 2002, bringing home more than $550,000 for his success.
A few months later, Hansen won another WPT championship. This time he won the Los Angeles Poker Classic and received a prize of $530,000.
In 2004, Hansen became a PCA champion, adding another $445,000 to his bank deposits.
Hansen is clearly growing and will continue the legend in the next few years.
In February 2005, he decided to participate in the US$400,000 Poker Superstar Invitational. This was a huge buy at the time. This put him against some game masters such as Phil Ivey, Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson and Barry Greenstein.
Gus Hansen finally won the game. He defeated Johnny Chan in a heads-up match and won the championship and a million dollars in prize money.
After several small but substantial victories, Hansen achieved the two biggest victories of his career.
Gus Hansen’s two biggest victories in his career.
In 2007, he won the AUD Million Main Event, with a total of nearly 1.2 million U.S. dollars. Later, Hansen published a book about his performance in this game called “Apocalypse of Every Hand”. This book has also entered our list of best poker books.
In 2008, Hansen found himself in the lead in the $25,000 WTP Championship. Although he lost to David Chiu in the end, he still won the biggest victory of his career. This competition earned him $1,714,000.
He also won a WSOP bracelet in the 2010 High Roller Heads Up event in London.
At the time of writing this article, Hendon Mob believes that Hansen’s lifetime tournament prize money exceeds $10.2 million, which is enough to be among the top 100 in the historical money list.
All these successes have not been ignored.
Hansen received invitations from popular shows such as High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark. He quickly became a fan favorite.
Hansen’s fearless style was born for television.
When he appears on the show, you can always expect some fireworks. Because I don’t know when “Great Dane” will explode and try to use his crazy bluff or heroic call.
Online high stakes table: Gus Hansen becomes a cash machine
Skill, luck, or what you want to call it. The fact is that Hansen was the dominant force in the live tournament circuit within a few years.
He found a strategy that was clearly effective at the time.
This is not any imagination of GTO. It is very exploitative, but Hansen knows how to make it work.
Unfortunately, this is not the case for online regular table games.
Hansen is not afraid of any challenge. He likes to fight with masters in the online arena and play nosebleed games on Full Tilt Poker.
However, a very effective strategy in the tournament did not produce the expected results in the ring.
Over the past few years, Hansen has accumulated millions of losses online.
At the same time, his performance in live competitions also stagnated. His last big prize was in 2012, when he ranked third in the Australian Millions Challenger and won US$820,000.
By 2014, Hansen’s online losses exceeded the 20 million U.S. dollar mark. He became one of the biggest losers in the online poker world.
Around this time, Hansen decided that it might be time to look for other options.
Gus Hansen resumed his normal life
After a while, Hansen finally threw out the white towel. He admits that online poker is not for him.
In an interview, Gus Hansen tried to explain his failure. He said that when you can’t see the opponent sitting opposite you, it’s not the same game.
It is undeniable that online poker is different from live poker. But the fact that Hansen insisted on playing against the master may also be related to his poor results.
Therefore, Hansen decided to stop and rebuild his financial situation by doing a normal nine-to-five accounting job and playing backgammon.
Hansen is an excellent backgammon player. And he seems to know how to find opponents with poor skills and strong funds. So this is a legal sideline to increase his income.
However, when Hansen left poker, almost everyone knew it would not be permanent.
The life of “Great Dane” is very difficult, and the decision to leave the poker table temporarily is undoubtedly the best decision so far.
However, he has almost no chance to quit the game forever.
If you have watched Hansen’s game, you might have an idea of how much he likes to mess around here. For Hansen, this is not just a question of money.
It’s about excitement, adrenaline, and the opportunity to surpass your opponents and “bring them to school”.
Perhaps it was this passion that got him into trouble at the beginning.
Hansen has always insisted on playing against the best, thinking this is the fastest way to improve his game. However, it turns out that these courses are too expensive. In the end, the Danish’s “tuition fee” ran out.
The return of Gus Hansen
Between 2014 and 2017, Hansen had almost no news.
The last time he recorded live cash was in March 2014. His social media accounts are almost dormant.
Obviously, he needs some time, not only to stay away from the game, but also from the media and even his fans.
There is not much information about him during this period. It’s just that he is more involved in gomoku.
Around 2017, Hansen announced his intention to start over
After almost three years of inactivity, he posted on his Twitter that he would return to Las Vegas to participate in some WSOP actions.
At about the same time, he posted a short video on his Instagram profile announcing “A great summer”.
“Great Dane” has officially resumed action! .
However, judging from his Twitter and Instagram posts, Hansen did not go to Las Vegas to participate in the tournament. This has always been his best game.
Instead, he jumped directly into the legendary Bobby’s Room action and took part in some high stakes poker.
Since then, Hansen’s Instagram profile has become the one you should definitely follow if you like high stakes poker.
“Great Dane” has been sharing a lot of pictures and short videos, providing some of the craziest games on the planet.
In 2018, Hansen gave online poker another opportunity. But this time, he didn’t hold on for too long. This may be a good decision for his bank account.
However, his life and poker journey from 2017 has been well documented in his Instagram profile. So if you want to learn about Hansen, you should go there.
It is very clear that Hansen once again mixed with the best people. Doyle Brunson, Dan “Jungleman” Cates, Patrik Antonius and other high-stakes players who often appear in places like Bobby Room play.
How is he doing financially? It’s hard to tell.
On the one hand, there are some rumors that Hansen’s situation is not so good.
On the other hand, there is this video from 2018, and the information comes directly from the source.
In any case, Hansen seems to have enjoyed the fun of poker again. And, I hope this time, he made a better decision for his bank funds.
It seems that he has been avoiding online games. This is the “stain” in his entire career. So this should be good news.
As for Hansen’s results after 2014, he has only one bonus record, from the 2019 WSOP Main Event. He ranked 689th, winning $20,200.
In addition to poker, he has other things to keep him busy.
Gus Hansen has recently become a father and has always wanted to permanently move back to Denmark from Monaco. When not traveling for poker, he spends most of his time there.
What’s next for Gus Hansen?
Once the poker scene stabilizes, Hansen may start honing again. But due to his new duties and responsibilities, he may not have so much time or freedom to travel the world and play poker.
Will he try a “normal” life again and seek to do things that do not require constant travel and risk hundreds of thousands of dollars?
Who can really tell Gus Hansen?
Even if he tried to stay away, something told me he would come back again at some point.
I don’t believe Hansen will retire completely from poker. If he can withstand the huge downturn on the Internet and come back from there. He can do almost anything.
If anyone knows how cruel this game is, it is Gus Hansen. If this doesn’t keep him out, I don’t think there is anything that can be done.