The Poker community will fly its flag at half-mast as they mourn the passing of legendary Norwegian poker player Thor Hansen. Hansen parted after a prolonged battle with terminal cancer at the age of 71.
Born in the Norwegian capital Oslo in June 1947, The Godfather of Norwegian Poker was one of the pioneers for opening up Scandinavian poker players to the world stage. Hansen reveals his introduction to poker and recalls his brother having to go to the bathroom and he sat in for his brother. When his brother returned from the break, Thor had more money than he left him with. Thus a new poker legend was born!
In 1987, the Grand Prix of Poker recorded Hansen’s first recorded tournament cashes; the first three were from final table appearances combining a humble net worth of $108,990. That was just the beginning of this legend’s journey. A year later he went on to secure his first WSOP Gold Bracelet when he took down the $5,000 Seven-Card Stud Event. His second gold came from the 2002 WSOP $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Event.
Unfortunately in January 2012, he was diagnosed with cancer, a terminal kind. With the love and support of his wife Marcella Braswell and the international poker community, Hansen returned to Norway to undergo treatment. “I told the doctors, I took so many bad beats in poker. It’s no big deal” he once quoted. But none of this was going to deter the spirits of the The Godfather of Norwegian Poker, he continued braving the poker table with his trademark smile and anecdotes of his shenanigans.
Hansen was last seen in the International circuit during the 2015 WSOP series when he cashed five times. He continued his career by supporting the Norwegian Poker Championships where he ended up crushing the Norwegian open in March 2018, taking his lifetime winnings from live poker tournaments to just under $3 million. That win put the illustrious Hansen in third in the Norwegian all-time money list. Catch a read of his autobiography titled Thor Hansen: Usensurert (Uncensored) to know more about the Legend.
RIP Thor Hansen.