Gus Hansen's CRAZY rise and fall - Poker Documentary
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Gus Hansen has one of the craziest poker careers of all times. This child prodigy went from the top of the world to losing over 20 million dollars and having to get a regular job as an accountant.
This is the CRAZY rise and fall of an absolute legend, GUS HANSEN.
00:38 Early life
02:20 Introduction to poker
03:35 Developing a style
05:18 Poker career
09:18 The downfall
10:52 A comeback
One day, a young #GusHansen was invited to a friend’s weekly poker tournament. The game was Texas Hold’em. Perhaps for this reason, Gus' friends thought we would be an easy win. But he quickly understood the game and began playing around with different strategies. By the end of the night, Gus was the last player standing, and was forever hooked. Although he clearly had a talent for the game, he found that he still had a long way to go. Rather than discourage him though, this only added to his passion.
GUS HANSEN'S POKER CAREER
After his big win at the World Poker Tour, Gus was eager to prove that it wasn’t just beginners luck. He wanted to solidify his place amongst the greatest. And in 2003 he did just that. Gus won the WPT LA Poker Classics, collecting a cash prize of half a million dollars, and the respect and admiration of the poker world.
Gus Hansen was really making a name for himself, and he was looking to diversify his brand and business. That same year, he started an online #poker room called pokerchamps.com. The site quickly got a couple of thousand users, but Gus had a hard time balancing his time between running the site and traveling the world to play poker.
He ended up selling the site to Betfair for around 15 million dollars.
Not bad, for a 2 year business venture.
But Gus wasn’t about to slow down. In December of 2003 he finished 3rd in the Five Diamonds World Poker Classics, and just a month later he took his 3rd WPT title after winning the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. His crazy style of play, impressive winnings and good looks had made him one of the world's most famous poker players.
In 2004 he was even voted one of the Sexiest Men Alive, by People Magazine.
In 2005, Gus was invited to play in the Poker SuperStarts Invitational Tournament. This tournament was a big deal, with a buy-in of 400 thousand dollars. On top of that, Gus would be up against other poker legends like Doyle Brunson and Phil Ivey. But Hansen was hungry, confident and eager to show off his style, and so he entered the tournament.
This proved to be a great decision, as Gus took the tournament by storm and landed 1st place, taking home the grand prize of one million dollars.
Gus continued playing in all the biggest tournaments, and in 2007 he flew to Australia, to attend the Aussie Millions Event. He placed in the top ten for most of their smaller tournaments, but ended up winning the main event collecting a massive cash prize of 1.5 million dollars. That’s not a bad payday, and Gus wrote a book about the experience titled ‘Every Hand Revealed’. The book also did really well, and sold thousands of copies in both Denmark and the US.
At this point, it seemed like everything Gus touched turned to gold. And he was about to take home the biggest cash prize of his career. In April of 2008 he played in the $25.000 WPT Championship Event, and despite finishing in second place he picked up a hefty prize of 1.7 million dollars on his way out.
Despiste having won more than 7 million dollars in live tournaments at this point, Gus still considered cash games his speciality. Most poker fans will remember his legendary showdown against Daniel Negreanu in the second season of the High Stakes Poker TV show. Both players had great hands, but Gus turned Quad 5’s against Negreanu’s full house and won the record breaking pot of 575 thousand dollars.
This is one of the most famous hands in TV poker history.
Shortly after appearing on that show, Gus signed a sponsorship with Full Tilt Poker. He appeared in numerous videos for the brand and sported their logo on his shirts for every game he competed in. Full Tilt also agreed to provide his financial backing in exchange for him playing exclusively on their site. (Under den sidste sætning må du gerne vise slutningen, men deres logo. Så man ved det er en full tilt reklame)
2010 would prove to be a big year for Gus Hansen. He finally won his first #WSOP Bracelet after finishing first in the No Limit Hold’em High Roller Heads-Up event.
He received a cash prize of more than 450 thousand dollars to go with his golden bracelet.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, he topped the year off by winning 1 million dollars for finishing first at the Poker Million IX tournament.
Indeed a golden year for Gus Hansen, but things were about to go south for ‘the Great Dane’.
Watch the video to learn how 😉