Born Gustav Jacobsen, Danish poker pro Gus Hansen has won three
World Poker Tour titles, the first season of the Poker Superstars
Invitational Tournament, and the 2007 Aussie Millions main event
which saw him take home his biggest ever prize - a staggering $1.2
Before turning his hand to poker, Gus Hansen was a youth tennis
champion and a world class backgammon player. By 1998 Hansen found
himself playing more poker than backgammon, and by 2002 had
developed a loose, aggressive style that, both in terms of money
and recognition, paid off immediately.
'The Great Dane' now lives in Monaco but grew up in Denmark.
Hansen always played a lot of sport, and he still likes to spend
any spare time he has on the golf course, the squash court, the
tennis court, or in the gym; believing his physical fitness and
stamina to be a crucial part of his success as a poker player.
Hansen has been known to take private bets on various personal
athletic challenges - such as the boxing match against fellow poker
pro The Jorgensen.
Interesting Fact: Gus Hansen was voted one of 'People'
magazine's 50 sexiest men in 2004