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)
Residence El Segundo, California
Born (1947-06-23) 23 June 1947 (age 71)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 2
Money finish(es) 46
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
21st, 1998
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 4
European Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 2
Information accurate as of 24 July 2009.

Thor Harald Hansen[1] (born 23 June 1947 in Oslo, Norway) is a 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.[citation needed]

He is part owner of the company Poker Blue and was awarded the first Norwegian Poker Player of the Year award in 2005. He is considered by many Norwegian poker players as their "Godfather".[2]

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.[3] His 46 WSOP cashes account for $1,165,960 of his total winnings.[4]

Personal life/health[edit]

  • In 1999, Thor married Marcella Braswell on Catalina Island, California. The couple divide their time between California and Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Thor Hansen was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and is currently going through chemotherapy treatment.

WSOP Bracelets[edit]

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


  1. ^ US Search "Thor Hansen"
  2. ^ Article on Thor Hansen,; accessed 26 January 2017.(in Norwegian)
  3. ^ Hendon Mob tournament results
  4. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings Archived 2012-04-15 at WebCite,; accessed 26 January 2017.