Before Gus Hansen became a World Poker Tour made millionaire, he traveled through various parts of the world in search for excellent competition, not in poker but in backgammon. As a hard-working player, he always did his very best to excel in everything he does. Barely knowing what would bring him great fortune, he traveled to Santa Cruz in California in the quest to experience more competition. Cruising past the various card rooms close within the area, he got himself exposed to the game of poker, which he immediately liked and loved.
After gaining enough exposure and experience in playing minor poker games and tournaments that can be found within casinos and other gaming facilities, Hansen immediately joined international poker competitions after realizing that he is indeed ready for some major poker action. Right now, he is making his presence felt at the various tournaments sponsored by the World Poker Tour, playing his heart out everytime he goes out to compete. After diverting his interest from backgammon to poker, it seems that he has finally found the right path towards more money and greener pastures.
Summing up, Hansen has already played in 43 highly competitive World Poker Tour tournaments. His winning percentage stands at 6.98 percent, which is enough to rank him 32nd best among active professional poker players. Moreover, he has an impressive record of seven final table appearances, which is second best amongst active players. Additionally, his nine money finishes is enough to recognize him as one of the most profitable players of all time. So far, he owns one of the best records in terms of World Poker Tour career earnings, which firmly stands at $2,372,032.
In Season 1, Hansen has already become a major force to reckon with at the World Poker Tour, finishing on top of the competition in two major poker events. He won the Five Diamond World Poker Classic that was held at the Bellagio, wherein he took home the grand pot valued at $556,460. In what could be a very excellent follow-up to a brilliant performance, Hansen immediately signed up for the L.A. Poker Classic, and once again impressed everyone present at the occasion by finishing at the top of the competition. From that particular victory alone, he was able to take home a grand $507,190.
Another great performance for Hansen came in Season 2 of the World Poker Tour, where he topped the prestigious Caribbean Poker Adventure, taking home the top prize of $455,780. In Season 3, he did another stellar performance, this time at the Bay 101 Shooting Star event, where he was able to take home a grand $320,000. In Season 6, he accomplished two great feats that greatly helped boost his career earnings at the World Poker Tour. At the WPT Spanish Championship that was held at Casino Barcelona in Spain, Hansen finished fifth overall to take home a respectable $142,621. However, his biggest performance so far came at the WPT World Championship, where he scored a second place finish, while still able to take home a glittering $1,714,800 prize.