Poker World Mourns The Death Of Thor Hansen

The poker world experienced a great loss with the death of poker legend – Thor Hansen. This 71-year-old Norwegian poker legend was battling against cancer for several years. Even with the cancer diagnosis in 2012, his passion for poker games never went down. He continued to play poker in Scandinavian championships and on European Poker Tour. He passed away in the morning of 5th December.

Born on 23 June 1947, he was a well renowned professional poker player. Over the years, this legend had earned the title of ‘Godfather’ amongst his Norwegian poker players. His career got a kick start when he was appointed by Larry Claxton Flynt to play poker for him. Larry Flint was impressed with his performance at Las Vegas in the mid-1990s when Hansen had played against him. He gets the credit to be amongst a few men to influence and bring poker to Europe and the Scandinavian countries. Adding to this, he is known to have partly owned the Poker Blue Company.

He had put his first step in the poker world on January 1987. At the Grand Prix of Poker, he won three final tables. The following year, Hansen was the victor of the first of two World Series of Poker bracelets. In the same year, he was successful to take down $5000 Seven Card Stud event. Over the 38 years of his career, Hansen’s achievements include two bracelets and cashing out of 55 events. He is said to have earned over $1.2 million throughout his career.

His notable accomplishments include the 134thposition out of 6,358 players at the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event Championship. He won $58,570 in this event. He secured 8th rank at the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E event and earned $188,256. Till 2009, he cashed around $2,600,000 that consisted his total live tournament winnings. End of his grand career was marked with the cashes at the Norwegian Championships in Oslo, held in November 2017 and the Irish Poker Open held in March 2018.

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