Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 4:14 pm
Breaking News

Thor Hansen passed away at the age of 71 after a prolonged battle with terminal cancer. The Olso-born Hansen is regarded as both the Godfather of Norwegian Poker as well as the Godfather of Scandinavian Poker. Hansen won two WSOP bracelets with his first occurring back in 1988 in Seven-card Stud. Hansen finished his illustrious career as third on the all time Norwegian money list.

ThorHansen
Image by Flipchip

Today we say goodbye to a true legend. RIP Thor Hansen. The Norwegian legend was busting donks before I was old enough to even step inside of a casino. Hansen had won two bracelets and played baller cash-games in Los Angeles with Larry Flynt, while many current pros were mere babies and still wetting themselves.

Thor Hansen had the most-Scandi name you could imagine. Thor is known as the hammer god in Old Norse mythology. Thor commanded respect wherever he went. Maybe it was always because he was one of the oldest players in the poker room, but he carried himself with the same gravitas as a an elderstateman or revered coach. During the glorious online poker boom in the mid-2000s, Hansen was looked upon as both a grandfather and Godfather-type to scores of Scandinavian players. Not just Norwegians, but to Swedes and Danes alike.

Hansen, was born in Olso, Norway in 1947 shortly after the end of World War II. As a kid he played a lot of pool and frequented the racetracks as early as seven years old. Hansen caught the poker bug in the late 60s and he regularly played at the local racetrack with his older brother.

As Hansen told the story, his brother had to go to the bathroom and Thor sat in for him. When his brother returned from the break, Thor had more money than he left him with. Thus, the legend was born.

"Poker came naturally to me," said Hansen.

In an interview with Matt Showell, Hansen said he also used to play poker "in the woods with people", which sounds both sketchy and scary if you're imagining a bleak Nordic winter that is punctuated with a cabin full of degen gamblers.

Like many people who fell into poker, Hansen did not know what he would do without poker. "Probably working in an office somewhere," Hansen shrugged.

Johnny Lodden, one of the top young players from Norway, had nothing but respect for Hansen from the first time he saw a documentary about him on Norwegian television.

"I met him in Vegas a couple of times," said Lodden. "He's always very nice to young players. Not just Norwegians, but to all players. He's the perfect example of what a poker player should be like."

Thor Hansen, Godfather of Norwegian Poker

I never thought about what I was going to become. Poker just meant so much to me so quickly I never thought about anything else. I just wanted to play poker. So that's what I did.

Hansen discovered America's affinity for poker and he headed to the USA. Hansen cut his teeth in the biggest games in Las Vegas against the legends such as Doyle Brunson, Chip Reese, and Bobby Baldwin. He took his lickings but he emerged as one of the best Stud players.

"I learned in a hard school but I survived."

Hansen had a unique relationship with Stu Ungar as both a peer and later as a backer.

"Stuey was impossible to beat," said Hansen. "He was so far ahead of all the poker players."

Hansen mentioned that Ungar's dark side was what inevitable ruined his career.

"He got staked by the mafia once, when he was broke. And he won."

Hansen said he once invited Ungar to come to Los Angeles to play cash games with him. Hansen staked him $10,000 and Ungar quickly ran it up to $200,000. That was approximately two weeks before Ungar died.

Larry Flynt staked Hansen in a big-time seven-card stud cash games in Hollywood, where Hansen was a regular for over a decade with celebrities, and high rollers in the entertainment and porn industry.

"So many strange people in there."

When Larry Flynt married his long-time nurse, Hansen attended Flynt's bachelor party that cost $2 million.

Hansen won his first bracelet at the 1988 WSOP at The Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas. Hasen binked the $5,000 Seven-Card Stud event for $158K. Hansen's final table included actor Gabe Kaplan and Jack McClelland.

In 2002, Hansen won his second bracelet. He beat Brian Nadell heads up to win the $1,500 NL Deuce to Seven Draw Lowball event for $62K.

Hansen's biggest moment during the poker boom occurred at the 2007 WSOP. Hansen final tabled the $50,000 HORSE World Championship, Freddy Deeb would go on to win, but Hansen finished in eighth place for a $188K score.

For most of his professional life, Hansen split time between residences in Southern California and Las Vegas. He would marry Marcella Braswell, an American, in 1999.

In 2012, Hansen got diagnosed with cancer. American doctors told him he had a few months to live. He relocated to Norway and got chemo treatment for three years.

Norwegian doctors were amazed of his recovery. They told him he's made of steel.

"I told the doctors, I took so many bad beats in poker. It's no big deal."

Hansen was given three months but he extended that to six years. What an amazing and inspirational run. Hansen won one of the biggest gambles of his life. He faded a terminal disease for six years. That hard-fought battle tells you a little about Hansen's stoicism, mental toughness and willingness to fight to the very end.

"Thor Hansen was that rarest of things, an International Treasure," tweeted Barny Boatman from the infamous Hendon Mob.

Hansen ended his career with a shade under $3 million in tournament winnings and an estimated several million in cash games. Hansen is currently third on the all-time Norwegian money list behind Felix Vincent Stephensen and Annette Obrestad.

Latest news
Tuesday February 18, 2020 at 9:59 pm
Pablo Silva wins the 2020 partypoker MILLIONS South America

Brazil's Pablo Silva shipped the 2020 partypoker MILLIONS South America at the Enjoy Resort and Casino in Punta Del Este, Uruguay for $1 million. The $10,300 buy-in Main Event attracted 465 runners. Silva outlasted a final table that featured Dzmitry Urbanovich and also included Fabian Gunz, Fabio Colonese, Dan Rezaei, Andres Viola, Sergio Di Pego, Pedro Madeira, and Rafawl Caiaffa.

Friday February 14, 2020 at 3:59 pm
2020 WSOP: 14 online bracelet events added to schedule

The higher-ups at the 2020 World Series of Poker released their schedule for 14 online bracelet events, which is an uptick from last year's virtual schedule. Buy-ins will range from as low as $400 all the way up to $10,000. Players are eligible to play within the state limits of Nevada and/or New Jersey. All 14 online events at WSOP.com are bracelet events.

Thursday February 13, 2020 at 11:03 pm
Awkwafina to Star in Phil Ivey edge sorting film 'Baccarat Machine'

Awkwafina will star in a new film titled 'Baccarat Machine', which is based on a Michael Kaplan article about the Phil Ivey edge sorting case and his accomplice, Kelly Sun (real name Cheung Yin Sun). Awkwafina will play Kelly Sun, the mysterious Chinese woman who accompanied Ivey during highstakes baccarat adventures in Australia, Asia, Monte Carlo, and the United Kingdom. The two bilked casinos for millions by Sun manipulating edge sorting techniques in their favor. The two were eventually busted.

Thursday February 13, 2020 at 1:59 am
Phil Galfond stuck €900K, Galfond Challenge vs. VeniVidi postponed

Phil Galfond suspended the Galfond Challenge against VeniVidi after losing over €900,000 over 15 sessions playing €100-200 PLO. The two played less than 10,000 hands of the 25,000-hand challenge. Galfond wants to take an extended break while thinking about his decision to quit or continue to play on. For now, Galfond will pay a €3,000 per day penalty while missing scheduled playing days.

Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 3:46 pm
2020 PSPC Platinum Madness: 21 Platinum Passes in 21 days

The folks at PokerStars are running a new promotion for their 2020 PokerStars Players Championship, which will be hosted in Barcelona, Spain at the end of the summer. Starting today, PokerStars will award 21 Platinum Passes to the 2020 PSPC over the next 21 days. They dubbed this maddening promotion, "Platinum Madness", which has a catchy ring to it.

Tuesday February 11, 2020 at 2:26 am
WSOP Circuit: Philip Shing wins Potawatomi (Milwaukee) Main Event

Brooklyn's Philip Shing won his second WSOP Circuit ring with a victory at the WSOPC Potawatomi (Milwaukee). The $1,700 buy-in Main Event outside Milwaukee attracted 524 runners. Shing faded the field and outlasted a final table that included Ken Donarski, John Gallaher, James Pupillo, Cero Zuccarello, Chris Roth, Michael Hartzheim, Marcus Yofon, and Fadi Hamad.

Thursday February 6, 2020 at 5:27 pm
2020 WSOP: All 25 $1,500 events added to schedule

The World Series of Poker continued to release their 2020 schedule a little bit at a time. In the latest update, the WSOP added all 25 events at the $1,500 price point. There will be at least 18 different games and variants played at the popular $1,500 price point. The Milly Maker is one of those branded events at the $1,500 price point along with a Mystery Bounty, the Closer, Monster Stack, and the Fifty Stack.

Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 8:57 pm
Macau shuts down casinos for 2 weeks to contain coronavirus

On February 5, announced they were shutting down all casinos for two weeks during an outbreak of coronavirus that killed at least 500 people in mainland China. Hong Kong and Macau reported their first cases of coronavirus, including a casino worked in Macau. Hong Kong also reported its first death from coronavirus. Macau's decision to shut down gambling operations for two weeks could not come at a worst time. Casinos in Macau saw a huge downturn in profits over the last year, including four consecutive months of declining revenue.

Monday February 3, 2020 at 5:03 pm
Doyle Brunson loses $175K betting on San Francisco to win Super Bowl

While America prepared for Super Bowl Sunday between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, Doyle Brunson revealed he has bet on every Super Bowl since the first one back in 1967. Tex Dolly fired away at the San Francisco 49ers and kept firing away. By kickoff, he loaded up $175,000 on the 49ers. However, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Niners 31-20 to win Super Bowl 54 and Tex Dolly coughed up $175K.

Friday January 31, 2020 at 7:32 am
2020 WPT Winter Borgata Poker Open: Veerab Zakarian chip leader at final table

The 2020 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open, hosted at the swanky Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, played down to its final table after starting with 1,290 runners. The final six resumes action in Las Vegas at the HyperX eSports Arena on April 1. Veerab Zakarian bagged the chip lead with 12M. The rest of the final table include Brian Altman, James Anderson, Andrew Hanna, Bin Weng, and Nathan Russler. Altman seeks a third WPT title and second in 2020 after winning the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open a week ago.

Wednesday January 29, 2020 at 9:56 pm
2020 WSOP: Nine high roller events on schedule including $250K Super High Roller

Nine high roller events ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 will be on the 2020 WSOP schedule this summer at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The WSOP added a $250,000 Super High Roller to go alongside the $100,000 High Rollers. There's four $50K events including the Poker Players Championship and a trio of $25K events including the Heads-Up Championship.

Tuesday January 28, 2020 at 1:31 am
2020 WSOP: 17 new events added including Freezeout Series and $250K Super High Roller

The World Series of Poker announced 17 new events to the 2020 WSOP schedule including the "Freezeout Series" or six single-entry events ranging from $500 to $5,000. Three more High Roller events were added including a $250,000 Super High Roller and $50,000 PLO. There's also the mysterious $1,500 buy-in "Mystery Bounty NL" event, a Mixed 9-Game, and the Heads-Up bracelet will now have a buy-in of $25,000.

Thursday January 23, 2020 at 1:24 am
Brian Altman wins WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, First player to win same event twice

Brian Altman made World Poker Tour history when he became the first player to win the same event twice. Altman shipped the 2015 WPT Lucky Hearts Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida and he just took down the 2020 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open in a history victory. Altman faded a field of 843 players to win $482,636 and a seat into the season-ending Tournament of Champions.

Wednesday January 22, 2020 at 1:33 am
Telex
Aussie Millions Main Event Down to 37

Day 4 of the 2020 Aussie Millions Main Event is about to start with 37 remaining out of 820. First place pays out $1.85 million AUD. Nino Ullmann from Germany is the chipleader. Also still alive are Maning Loeser, Erik Seidel, Bryce Yockey, Fabian Quoss, Randy Lew, Pete Chen, and Mike Del Vecchio. They intend to play down to a final table. can stream the action on PokerGO.

Sunday January 19, 2020 at 12:30 am
Telex
PokerStars Half Price Sunday Million

This Sunday will include special half-price tournaments at PokerStars. That's right the Half Price Sunday Million is only $54.50 this week for half the usual buy-in, plus the usual guaranteed prize pool of $1 million is still in play. There's also a half-price version of Sunday Warm-Up which will cost $107.50. The Half Price Sunday Storm will be just $5.50. Click here for more details.

Friday January 17, 2020 at 9:38 pm
2020 Aussie Millions: Farid Jattin wins 25K Challenge for $983,646 AUD

Farid Jattin outlasted 169 runners to win the $25K Challenge at the 2020 Aussie Millions hosted at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. Jattin chopped heads up with George Wolff to win $983,646 AUD or approximately $679K USD. The final table also included Steve O'Dwyer, Sam Greenwood, Masato Yokosawa, Jack Sinclair, and Kenny Hallaert.

Thursday January 16, 2020 at 2:00 am
WSOP announces 'Value Menu' bracelet events for 2020 WSOP

The World Series of Poker announced a special round of value menu events at the 2020 WSOP that include buy-ins of $1,000 or less. A total of 25 bracelet events will be hosted at the Rio Casino this summer that have a modest and affordable buy-in. A baker's dozen of events, 13 in total, at the 2020 WSOP will have buy-ins $888 or less including the $400 Colossus and numerous $500 buy-in deepstacked bracelet events.

Free tournaments and added prizes

The Club Poker organizes freerolls and special tournaments with added prizes.
To qualify for free, register on our poker partners websites:

Tournaments Club Poker
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
today at 8:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday February 27, 2020 at 8:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday March 5, 2020 at 8:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday March 12, 2020 at 7:04 pm
$125 added
6-MAX
$2.20
Big Poker League
Thursday March 19, 2020 at 7:04 pm
$125 added