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Roland De Wolfe
Gus Hansen is a Danish professional poker player renown for his unorthodox style of play. Hansen has played the highest stakes cash games in the World, with the greats such as Doyle Brunson and Chip Reese. These challenging cash games may have evolved Hansen's loose-aggressive tournament style which have lead to such great poker success. Gus Hansen became a recognized face after winning 3 WPT events in successive years. In 2002, Hansen won the the Five Diamonds Poker Classic for $556,000. In 2003, he won the LA Poker Classic for $532,000. Incredibly, in 2004, he won the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, earning $456,000 in the process. Hansen is the only player to achieved the masterful feat of winning 3 World Poker Tour tournaments. He also won the Full Tilt Invational, besting the likes of Phil Ivey, Dave Ulliott, John Juanda and other top pros.
Gus Hansen is sponsored by Full Tilt Poker, where he plays ultra-high stakes Omaha. He can occasionally be found playing high stakes Limit Hold'em cash games on PokerStars.
I've never played with Gus Hansen in a B&M Casino, though I watched him get outplayed by Patrik Antonius at the 2005 EPT Barcelona final table. I believe Gus was drunk that night, so it may not be a great indicator of who is the better player. I've played with him online in a No Limit Hold'em shorthanded tournament, where he showed his fearless (/reckless) approach by instantly calling my all-in pre-flop bet and 2/3 of his stack with Q9 off suit. But... hey, he's the 3-time WPT winner.