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Gus hansen

Gus Hansen

aka The Great Dane

hometownCopenhagen, Denmark

birth date13 February 1974

Poker Facts
  • WSOP Bracelets

    1

  • WSOP Money Finishes

    8

  • Highest ITM Main Event Finish

    61stin 2007

  • WPT Final Tables

    1

  • WPT Money Finishes

    2

Gus Hansen was voted one of 'People' magazine's 50 sexiest men in 2004

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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 million.

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.