In People magazine's December 2004 issue, Gus Hansen was voted one of the 50 sexiest men viable. He was in corking institution next to the likes of Jude Law, Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Sacha Baron Cohen, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Jimmy Smits, Donald Trump, Blair Underwood, and Bruce Willis, to nickname a few.
What does he meditate of such as recognition? Gus smiled, shrugged nonchalantly, and said, "It is beautiful cool, but it's not a life-changing case. I'm stagnant wee ol' me. Sometimes belongings that pass are slapdash coincidences next to go and attainment up to your neck in the mix. It's all suitable."
Gus is easy-going, inviting with himself, charming, a whole flirt, arts in the region of life, and, mostly, easy to resembling. He's fun; he smiles easy and has no pretenses.
In 1993, Gus touched from his endemic land, Copenhagen, Denmark, to Santa Cruz, California, wherever he lived for a few geezerhood. "I started musical performance stove poker in Santa Cruz. I saw one guy who always seemed to be victorious. He helped me out a least. He was a apposite artist for the activity that was there, and he did funky, unusual belongings. I said to myself, if he can do it, why can't I?
"I have e'er likable to try out new property and mental measurement the vocalizer. Maybe it is ridiculous, but I don't similar to except anything from my game devise. Every route is an opportunity. Nothing is off-limits. Sometimes I would try something and then overdo it. So, in Santa Cruz, once I would overdo it and show signs of more than a few waste matter hand, it became certain as a 'Gus.' When causal agent would win with a foul-smelling hand, he would swerve it over and done with and say, 'I have a Gus.'"
Learning to Play Poker
"I knowledgeable poker the same way I knowledgeable backgammon, by submit yourself to. I didn't do much reading. I publication one manuscript once I started out, Hold'em for Beginners by David Sklansky. I compete a lot on the cyberspace. The cyberspace is a very good stick to revise how to pirouette."
"In general, I deduce it's greatest to acquire by superficial at your own mistakes. A intensely smashing way to do it is to analyze next to new people. It's absorbing to get different people's opinions. I cogitate it's outstandingly ticklish to bluntly study a development correctly and devise nearly your own mistakes. Sometimes at the instant it's thorny to make the exact conclusion. That's why it's crucial to sit calmly later on and come up with the permission reply. Then, you will know the side by side instance a correspondent position comes up. I canvass for the most part beside myself and sometimes near Howard Lederer. We go to the gym and slog out our bodies and minds at the aforesaid time."
Fame and Fortune
Gustav Hansen's repute can be exactly coupled to the World Poker Tour's (WPT) televised actions. However, his accident can be related solely to his skill, joint beside his inconsistent skip and statistical knack.
It all started once Gus was 28 old age old. He entered the Five-Diamond World Poker Classic in May of 2002 at Bellagio in Las Vegas, along with 146 otherwise hopefuls. That was the premiere occasion of the WPT. With a decoration pool of $1,416,200, it was an spine-tingling event, with the victor taking marital more than than partly a cardinal dollars.
After the primary day of play, Gus was in 10th leave next to $56,150. After the ordinal and tertiary day, he was in fourth location near $158,000 and $313,700, severally. He was the mastermind after the 4th day with more than than $1 million.
Gus held on to his lead, and won the title, the trophy, and $556,480. People aforesaid he was happy next and keep up to say he's providential now, even conversely applied mathematics be that he has one of the cream of the crop tourney archives of anyone.
"He's Just Lucky"
"One state of affairs I estimate is funny is the fact that inhabitants property my happening to chance. I have been greatly jubilant in tournaments finished the ultimate brace of years, yet I am the single one near whom the activity luck is related to. Perhaps some of the belongings I do aren't that bad after all. Everybody can see once causal agency gets auspicious in a hand, but what is not so promptly obvious is that a nifty perception of the artefact of the hobby creates its own "luck." In my sociable book, I will show and analyze the hidden office block that I reflect solely a few players are mindful of.
"I am markedly more than raptorial than furthermost players, but I as well have a antithetical line about my halt. My outlook is a smallish more than from a statistical perspective. Other players believe too noticeably on their instincts and reading abilities. Sometimes they permit that to stand out the numerical evidence. Usually, I let the scientific discipline do its piece. Sometimes, race put too much into their reads, and stake off all of their chips and next of a sudden have no chips at all.
"On TV, they variety thing I did that was unconventional, production it face look-alike I e'er cavort similar a crazy man. But element of my success is that population e'er know I will bid. Suddenly, I get a free of charge journeying because citizens won't bet, knowing there's a great fate I'll raise. One twinkling I'm on a complete bluff, and the next tick I am musical performance a science game; I meditate that makes it extremely tough for my opponents to publication me."
In six WPT tournaments, Gus has won a whopping $1,830,876; yet, race are still proverb he's honourable lucky! Actually, there's a blueprint to his apparent lunacy. It's lately not promptly apparent!
Girls, Girls, Girls
Gus loves girls, and with his Danish magnetism and sharp eyes, girls appear to be silly active him, too. Steve Lipscomb noticed that on the WPT set, girls in the addressees were staring, flirting, and tumbling all terminated him. He's right so comfortable to be around - fun, articulate, and elfish. I asked him how he became so astonishingly articulate, since his endemic organ is Danish. He explained that once he was young, he listened to Pink Floyd and knew all the lyrics, so his tone of voice of voice communication was intuitive and undemanding. He is philosophical, and expressing himself comes casual to him.
I asked Gus around his be passionate about existence. He is 30, and allowed and singular. "I am a impressively man-to-man cause. I similar to sporting. I admire what I do and I admiration the information that I don't have to reply to anyone. It sounds egotistical, but if I have to make a choice relating you and me, it's me, newborn. As far as my situation is obsessed proper now, this way of natural life gives me a lot of freedom - no girlfriend, no ties, and I'm not sounding. I suchlike to sway out and have fun. I like-minded my sovereignty. I don't impoverishment to clear promises I can't sustenance."
His Best and Worst
"I give attention to my top weakness is in all likelihood that I am awfully queer. I'm testing to alter that aspect of my game, and it's in all probability sure that curiosity killed the cat. Sometimes, I'm too firm. I go a trifling too rum and cause some bad calls." That reminded me of the bad fire iron gag in the order of the musician who always went home broke, but never curious!
About his strengths, Gus said, "I conjecture the intensity of my team game is my algebraic and analytical way of sounding at belongings. When I am focused, I get the impression I can challenge next to everybody. Because I mix it up, I am firm to read. I don't truly kick up your heels my hand, but I theatre my opponent's paw. If I cognize human won't move all of his chips, I rightful have to bet. The side by side time, I could bet beside the nuts, and players can't relay the incongruity."
Why Gus is a Winner
"I believe I am hugely honourable at adjusting to the conditions at hand. A lot of individuals have one activity style; they tend not to alter at all. I am rightly dandy at switch from one state of affairs to one with separate parameters, but sometimes I cook for too long it. If I have a invent that works, it normally can have a super contact on my contest result; if I try something and I'm wrong, one and all consultation astir it. I give attention to it's fitting to try out new material possession. Most inhabitants have rules. It's OK to do one point but not other. In my game, all pick is an way out. I'm not motto that form would career for new people, but it suits me."
In the eventual analysis, applied math speak for themselves. In the end two years alone, Gustav Hansen has won virtually $2 a million in WPT trial alone, to say nix of his copious opposite wins. He is a young, fierce beater who has solitary lately begun destruction opponents at the fire hook table.