Gus Hansen has been a staple of the live and online poker industry for years, having won his first live event, worth over half a million, in 2002. He rode the online poker wave for more than a decade before losing his sponsorship deal with Full Tilt. Now, ‘The Great Dane’ says he may be ready to return to the virtual felt.
Hansen said the “break up” came at a good time, giving him the “breathing space” he obviously needed. “It’s no secret that I had lost, lost and lost a little more in a longer period of time”, said Hansen, referring to his -$20mm bankroll stat. He admitted that he attempted a comeback in the last week of December but that it didn’t go well. “There were many factors I didn’t have control of.”
Now, The Great Dane says he feels like he might be ready to try again, but that he’ll play it smarter this time around. If/when he does return, he intends to apply much better table selection. Hansen said he would probably lower his cash game stakes to $25/$50 NLHE and $2/$4 or $5/$10 PLO. In doing so, he hopes to recoup his former skill level while not letting himself “get too rusty”.
While the return to online poker is still tentative, Hansen was much more adamant about his plans to revisit the live poker circuit, where his success has been indubitable. He’s amasses well over $11 million in live events, capturing 2 WPT titles and 1 WSOP bracelet along the way.
“I have the World Series of Poker and the European Poker Tour in Monaco on my schedule,” said Gus Hansen, “but I don’t even know what will happen until then.”
Watch the complete, 4-part video interview with Gus Hansen (with English subtitles).