Thor Hansen

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Thor Hansen
Thor Hansen 2008.jpg
Hansen at the EPT Monte Carlo (Grand Final) in 2008
Nickname(s)Betan (Lille Betan)
ResidenceEl Segundo, California
Born(1947-06-23)23 June 1947
Oslo, Norway
Died5 December 2018(2018-12-05) (aged 71)
World Series of Poker
Money finish(es)46
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
21st, 1998
World Poker Tour
Final table(s)None
Money finish(es)4
European Poker Tour
Final table(s)None
Money finish(es)2
Information accurate as of 24 July 2009.

Thor Harald Hansen[1] (June 23, 1947 – December 5, 2018) was a Norwegian professional poker player. He was recruited by Larry Flynt to play poker for him after Hansen played against him in Las Vegas in the mid-1990s. He has two WSOP bracelets, one from the 1988 WSOP in Seven-card stud, and then later in Deuce to Seven Lowball in the 2002 WSOP. He finished in the money four times during the 2006 WSOP, coming in second place in the $3,000 Omaha Hi/Lo event.[2]


He was part owner of the company Poker Blue and was awarded the first Norwegian Poker Player of the Year award in 2005. He was considered by many Norwegian poker players as their "Godfather".[3]

In 2007, Hansen cashed in the money at the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event Championship coming in 134th place out of a field of 6,358 players, winning $58,570, and finished in 8th at the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E event, earning an additional $188,256. As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,600,000.[4] His 46 WSOP cashes account for $1,165,960 of his total winnings.[5]

In 1999, Thor married Marcella Braswell on Catalina Island, California. The couple divided their time between California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hansen was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and went through chemotherapy treatment. Hansen died in December 5, 2018.[6]

WSOP Bracelets[edit]

Year Tournament Prize
1988 $5,000 Seven-card stud $158,000
2002 $1,500 Deuce-to-Seven $62,600


  1. ^ US Search "Thor Hansen"
  2. ^ Hendon Mob tournament results
  3. ^ Article on Thor Hansen,; accessed January 26, 2017.(in Norwegian)
  4. ^ Hendon Mob tournament results
  5. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings Archived April 15, 2012, at WebCite,; accessed January 26, 2017.
  6. ^ [1] (in Norwegian),