Gus Hansen is Back: The Great Dane Ready for Green Felt?

November 12th 2016 | Ivan Potocki

Gus Hansen is back

Gus Hansen is back! The Great Dane has announced his return to the green felt.

While opinions may differ on Gus Hansen’s poker abilities, most everyone agrees about one thing: we’ve all enjoyed seeing him play, both online and offline. If there was something that truly defined Hansen’s style, it was action. He never ran away from it and he was always ready to provide as much as necessary.

That’s why we were all disappointed by the fact Gus decided to take an indefinite break from poker. Admittedly, things really weren’t going his way, especially in the online arena, where he accumulated losses north of $20 million. But the decision to take a step back took most fans by surprise.

However, the break seems to be over, as Gus Hansen is back at the green felt.

Gus Hansen is back testing waters

We’ve reported on Daniel Negreanu’s blog entry from a couple of months back, where he talked about a nostalgic Bellagio game involving, among others, The Great Dane. It was nice to hear Gus was back, even if it was just a one off.

Gus Hansen is back

Daniel Negreanu has already hinted at Hansen’s return in one of his latest blog posts, describing a Bellagio game which gathered many of the familiar faces

As it turned out, it wasn’t. ‘Broksi,’ which is Hansen’s nickname on PokerStars, also made a short appearance at the online tables, clearly showing his passion for poker was coming back. Although the August sessions was the short one, according to latest information, Gus Hansen is back to his biggest love: poker.

The Great Dane opens up

A few days back, PokerNews’ Frank Op de Woerd caught up with Hansen in his home Monte Carlo, and Gus took some time to explain his decision to step away as well as his plans for getting back into poker.

First of all, Gus confirmed what we already knew, more or less. The number one reason for him stepping aside and taking break from poker were huge online losses. At a certain point, they just became too big and the Danish superstar decided it was time to clear his head.

Gus Hansen is back

After taking time to reflect on his online poker losses, Gus Hansen is back with a new outlook

Gus has been playing occasionally in some side games, but according to his own words, he hasn’t entered a tournament for nearly two years. That’s about to change as Hansen seems to have his eyes set on the next year’s Aussie Millions, taking place in January.

Gus Hansen is back, but with new outlook

The Great Dane admitted he missed poker as he always enjoyed playing the game so much. However, it seems that the days of grinding hard and super-long sessions are behind him. While the love for the game is still there, Gus said that playing for 48 hours straight has become much more difficult.

But, now that Gus Hansen is back in the poker world, we might see him partake in the Twitch.tv craze or take on the role as poker commentator. While he’s uncertain about Twitch, Gus certainly seems interested in commentating, explaining it comes natural to him.

I think all of us who have seen him play and talk at the tables would agree. Gus would make a great poker commentator, as he always have something to say and he’s not shy about saying it.

Hansen on High Stakes, Big One for One Drop…

Apart from his return from the long poker hiatus, Hansen also looked back at High Stakes Poker. We all remember he was one of the regulars on the show, and in his latest interview he explained how the “money was flowing” back then. He believes that made people play a bit looser than they would otherwise.

Gus Hansen is back

One of the regular fixtures on High Stakes Poker, Hansen also shared his thoughts about the show, as well as his opinion on the latest Big One for One Drop Extravaganza, which didn’t allow pros to participate.

Talking about the latest Big One for One Drop Extravaganza, the Dane basically agreed that it was up to Guy to decide who he would like to invite, but he still feels letting a few pros in, at least those who would earn their seats through satellites, would make for a better overall experience.

You can find the full interview linked at the beginning of this article and if you are a fan of Gus, you will probably enjoy it. Just like you will be happy about the fact Gus Hansen is back and ready to challenge the poker world once again.

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Assistant Editor and Columnist at Beat The Fish
Ivan first started playing poker in 2006 and played professionally from 2010-2013. He holds a BA in English language and literature. Since joining the Beat The Fish team in 2016 Ivan has made an immediate impact, leading the news section and contributing numerous feature articles. You can reach Ivan directly at ivanpotocki@gmail.com

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Man, that’s some cool news. I was actually just thinking about him when going through the bio page recently and wondering if we had seen the last of him.

It’s ancient programming these days, but I always enjoyed seeing him drive other players nuts back on Poker Superstars or the original WPT seasons.

The hands they would showcase made him out to be a maniac and then, naturally, he would suck out on everyone. Back in those days I was a pretty tight player myself so I felt the frustration personally. He reminded me too much of online players of that era.

These days, I think I can admire his play because he clearly trusts his post-flop abilities with truly any hand. That’s sort of what’s happened in my game personally as well. I play more hands then ever, but only because I feel like I can outplay my opponents on the flop.

Stay for awhile, Gus. Just stay away from the nosebleeds online.

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