Gus Hansen, who recently just signed on to help promote Full Tilt Poker, is well-known as being one of the most aggressive and risk-taking players at the poker table. He is well-known for playing practically every hand that is dealt to him, and playing them well. Hansen is such a hard player to play against because you never really know exactly which two cards he is holding. Hansen will play pocket rockets the same way he will play 10/3 suited.
According to the Hendon Mob database, Hansen has over 3.3 million in career tournament earnings, with his biggest year being 2005. Hansen has numerous World Poker Tour titles under his belt, and he also won a million dollars at the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament in Las Vegas in 2005.
Hansen can also be found playing at the "big game" in Las Vegas, a game which features the likes of Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey. Rumor has it that Hansen actually went broke playing in this game in 2005, and needed to be staked by Doyle Brunson in order to keep afloat. According to Brunson, Hansen proceeded to go on a big tear after that, not only paying back the stake but also recouping all of the money that was lost playing the big game.
Playing in such a loose and aggressive fashion is great as it keeps your opponents on their toes, however, variance is also extremely harsh when you aren't hitting your cards. Hansen seemed to be suffering from some extremely negative variance late 2005, but he seems to have rebounded.
Hansen continues to be one of the most entertaining players to watch.
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