Ever since Gus Hansen was born in Denmark in 1974 it seemed inevitable that whatever he wanted to do he would excel at it. Before he came into the poker scene back in 1997, he had already become a world renowned backgammon player and was even a tennis champion during his youth.
Poker is where he is right now and throughout the 15 years he has been a professional he has notched up career tournament earnings of $11,240,678, an amount that has him currently in 15th in the all-time earners list.
It has to be said that tournaments are not even his favorite poker format either, he generally prefers to hit the high stakes cash tables whether in casinos, on television shows or online at the site he represents in Full Tilt Poker.
Starting with his tournament career however, he has been notching up wins since 2002. He has taken down three World Poker Tour titles from 7 final tables, which made him the first player to do so and also won a World Series of Poker Bracelet back in 2010.
His biggest score to date was in the 2008 WPT Five Star World Poker Classic $25k NLHE Championship Event when he finished as runner up and banked a hefty $1,714,800.
— Gus Hansen (@GusHansen) July 30, 2013
His latest win came at the UKIPT Galway Heads Up Championships which was a part of the Full Tilt Festival Of Poker in the city for a payout of $21,443. Before that he won a seat in the upcoming 2014 World Series of Poker Big One For One Drop event after winning a $25,300 satellite. Despite such a successful tournament career his first love seems to be high stakes games. He is regularly seen on the many different high stakes poker television shows and spends a lot of time playing online at Full Tilt Poker. Just this year he even taunted his good friend in Daniel Negreanu about a certain hand he won from him live on television
— Gus Hansen (@GusHansen) February 21, 2013
This was responded to by a challenge from Negreanu pitting him and two other PokerStars Team Pros against Hansen and his two fellow Full Tilt Professionals to a challenge. Unfortunately for Hansen this was one victory he could not go on to take.