Norwegian poker legend Thor Hansen has passed away after a long battle with cancer. Hansen was 71-years-old.
Hansen was born in the Norwegian capital Oslo on June 23, 1947, but spent large parts of his later life in Las Vegas and California. Known as “The Godfather of Norwegian Poker,” Hansen was one of the pioneers for Scandinavian poker players heading to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker.
The Grand Prix of Poker in 1987 saw Hansen’s first recorded poker tournament cashes. Those first three cashes were all final table appearances; an eighth-place and two fourth-places that netted him a combined $108,990.
A year later, at the 1988 WSOP, Hansen cashed three times, including a victory in the $5,000 Seven-Card Stud event, securing the first of two coveted gold bracelets. Hansen would strike gold again at the 2002 WSOP when he triumphed in the $1,500 No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowballevent.
Perhaps Hansen’s best result in life was when he and Marcella Braswell married on Catalina Island, California in 1999. According to Norwegian poker website Poker.No, “Marcella became his girlfriend, his wife, and best friend.”