Thor Hansen, poker legend and finest poker ambassador that Norway has recognized, has extinguished Wednesday on the age of 71, after six years of battle most cancers.
You'd be onerous pressed to search out somebody who would have a foul say about poker legend Thor Hansen (Picture: vg.no)
Hansen was identified with terminal most cancers in 2012. At the moment, docs instructed him that he had three extra months to reside in. For half a century of chemotherapy, he stated that he felt superb and that his well being had lasted three years, permitting him to play the sport. that he cherished till his loss of life.
Registration for the match was held final month on the event of the opening of WPT Seminole Rock N Roll Poker in Hollywood, Florida.
The person nicknamed "The godfather of Norwegain Poker" was not only a mannequin for his compatriots. an admired character for all Scandinavian gamers, in addition to for North People who had the prospect to share a desk with him through the years.
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Hansen was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1947. After enjoying billiards and placing on horses, he found poker within the late 60s, enjoying on the racetrack native together with his brother.
for me, "stated Hansen in an interview with Membership Poker." I by no means thought of what I might grow to be. Poker counted a lot for me so shortly that I didn’t consider the rest. "
He would quickly take up his ardour for poker in the USA, buying and selling chips with Las Vegas legends, Doyle Brunson, Chip Reese, and Stu Ungar.
In 1998, Hansen gained his first WSOP (World Sequence of Poker) bracelet, successful $ 158,000 from the Seven Card Stud Occasion at $ 5,000 buy-in.
second bracelet 4 years later, successful $ 62,000 within the NL $ 1,500 low-cost lowball match Deuce to Seven Draw.
Then, in 2007, Hansen completed second to Freddy Deeb in a $ 50,000 HORSE World Championship.
In whole, he has accrued near $ three million in actual earnings over the course of his profession, putting him third total in all Norwegian tournaments.
Tribute to a legend
There are few personalities universally appreciated and praised on the planet of poker like Hansen.
Skilled poker participant Sorel Mizzi known as him "a lightweight, form and mild particular person."
Phil Helmuth tweeted that poker had misplaced "an incredible human being and an incredible participant", a typical theme tributes flocked throughout the night time.
Thor Hansen was probably the most revered and beloved poker gamers in historical past. His habits on the desk was impeccable: by no means croupiers criticized, by no means criticism of different gamers, and by no means moaning about dangerous climate. Everybody ♥ ️ him. 1st WSOP bracelet winner in Norway ('88). #icon #RIP
– Mike Sexton (@Mike_partypoker) On December 5, 2018
Rip Thor Hansen One of many my favourite poker gamers all the time smiling and all the time form to everybody
– Robert Mizrachi (@PokerRob24) On December 5, 2018
Thor Hansen was what we thought There may be, extra not often, a global treasure.
Tell us to his household and mates how a lot all of us really feel concerning the lack of this charming man.
– Barny Boatman (@barnyboatman) December 5, 2018
] Hansen has been nominated a number of occasions on the Poker Corridor of Fame lately, extra not too long ago in 2017 however he has not but managed to cut back it.
Nonetheless, Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott was posthumously voted within the foyer final 12 months, and Hansen will undoubtedly obtain the identical assist when voting on the class individuals inducted in 2019.