When you end the year as the biggest online cash game loser on the planet, it’s not a bad idea to focus your energy elsewhere. That’s exactly what Gus Hansen has done, who according to reports in the Danish rag Berlingske Business Growth, has invested ‘millions’ into the game of Bridge.
It was a sour 2014 for the Great Dane. Not only did he end the year with $5,864,263 in losses spread over 1,604 sessions and 200,904 hands, but his employment with Full Tilt ended after the online gambling outfit dropped The Professionals around the same time they were cutting the word poker from their brand name.
Hansen is a renowned Bridge enthusiast. In 2010, the 40-year old surprised everyone when he partnered with the Irishman Tom Hanlon to win the Pro-Am pairs event at the inaugural Copenhagen Bridge Invitational. The pair also squared off in a special Bridge, Blackjack and Pool event at the 2013 Full Tilt United Kingdom & Ireland (UKIPT) Galway Festival. Hansen won the event after taking the honors in both pool and blackjack, with Hanlon winning the Bridge game. The festival was also the home of the inaugural Irish Bridge Masters.
With over $20m in online cash losses, the Dane, who is the biggest loser in the history of the game, has joined forces with Hanlon and businessman Nils Foss to invest in a Bridge shuffling machine known as Bridge+More. The device belongs to Bridge Company (founded in 2009 under the name Bridge4People), a company that specializes in developing and selling innovative products and services to the Bridge community.
The new machine is having its debut at the third annual Copenhagen Bridge Invitational. The event is being held at the Radisson Blu in Copenhagen, where Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, will be playing. He is also the Protector of the Danish Bridge Federation.