WPT World Championship Kicks Off: Gustav Hansen Joins Premier Meet-Up Game

Gus Hansen

Tonight, on the 1st of December, the first major event of the long-awaited WPT World Championship series finally starts. And although the competition in Las Vegas began on November 29, the real festival starts right now. And it will be officially launched with the special game – the WPT Premier Meet-Up Game (MUG).

WPT Premier Meet-Up Game
WPT Premier Meet-Up Game

This MUG is friendly Hold'em and Omaha cash games with $1/$3 and $2/$5 limits. The purpose of these games is to offer players and fans the opportunity to play alongside WPT poker stars and ambassadors, as well as special guests. Participants will also have the opportunity to earn additional prizes, including a spot at the WPT World Championship.

Last year's Premier MUG featured WPT Ambassadors Brad Owen and Andrew Neeme, DJ Steve Aoki, Lynn Gilmartin, Tony Dunst and other celebrities such as Patrick Antonius and Joey Ingram. Also in that year, Doyle Brunson played for the last time at the WPT. To honor the memory of the poker legend, this year the organizers have introduced a new promotion with a Branson's hand – 10-2. In addition, his son Todd Brunson will be present at the event.

Another star of this year's game will be Gustav Hansen – one of the most popular poker players of all time. Gustav, commonly referred to as Gus, was affectionately known as the "German dog" and became a fan favorite during the height of the poker boom. He was a regular participant in well-known poker shows including High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark. His vibrant personality and unorthodox playing style endeared him to many fans. According to Hendon Mob, this accomplished Danish player has amassed over $10 million in live tournament earnings throughout his career, although he hasn't won many tournaments since 2014. In the 2000s, he was among the elite players on the World Poker Tour and continues to hold high rankings in numerous categories on the WPT's all-time leaderboard.

Hansen is tied for second all-time with three wins on the Main Tour, behind only Darren Elias. He has made seven WPT final tables and has more than $4 million in cashes, the largest of which was $1.7 million for second place at the 2007 WPT World Championship.

"Gus is one of the original superstars of the World Poker Tour and holds a special place in history as the first ever WPT champion," said Adam Pliska, festival's CEO. "We are honored to host him at the opening of the WPT World Championship Festival."

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