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Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Great Dane Barks

Written by Tom Somach in Poker News

Professional poker player Gus “The Great Dane” Hansen, who has earned almost $4 million in poker tournament winnings in his career, has launched a website to teach the art of poker.

The website, The Playr (no e), at, features articles about poker strategy, as well as a posting forum, personal tips from Hansen and other features.

According to an introductory notice on the website, “Working exclusively with the international poker superstar and professional high-stakes player Gus Hansen, is proud to bring you Gus Hansen’s unique poker community. At, you’ll find Gus Hansen’s Poker Academy, the only place online where the most feared poker player in the world lets you in on his deepest secrets, moves, strategies and poker philosophy.

“We track Gus Hansen all over the world and give you live reports with a personal touch from Gus himself from tournaments like WPT, WSOP, EPT and the crazy cash games, The Great Dane plays both online and live. At Gus tells you everything! Gus Hansen also gives you tips and tricks, a combination of tools and observations from the poker table that you’ll be able to implement directly in your game.

“His poker academy has a poker school as well, where you’ll find yourself introduced to the game through the eyes of one of the very best players the world has ever seen…on top of that, we’ll bring you loads of great bonuses, competitions, special offers and best of all, the chance to play in Gus Hansen’s international online poker league, Playr League…get the unique chance to actually play against Gus himself, when the poker icon and sublime tournament pro participates in Playr tournaments both online and live.

“And if that’s not enough, Gus Hansen also makes himself available to our Playrs, when he answers your poker questions…This is an opportunity you won’t get anywhere else! At, we take special care of the beginners. In our massive beginner’s guide, you’ll find everything you need to make this amazing game a very profitable hobby. And as soon as you are comfortable with the game, check out the=A0poker strategy and poker theory sections, where you’ll be able to dive into enough poker material to turn any poker player into a successful shark at the tables.” =A0

Hansen is a paid shill for online poker room Full Tilt Poker (, so his new website has an obligatory link, plus plenty of homages, to the room.

According to tournament records, Hansen has earned $3,960,897 in career poker tournament winnings, including a 10th-place finish at the main event of the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe last year in London, England, which was worth over $78,000, and a 61st-place finish at the main event of the WSOP last year in Las Vegas, which was worth over $154,000.

(E-mail Tom Somach at [email protected])

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