Poker Legend Thor Hansen has passed away

One of poker's great players has passed away.  Thor Hansen, a two-time bracelet winner and the Norwegian "godfather" of poker, lost a battle with cancer at the age of 71 and has gone on to the great poker table in the sky.

Hansen won his first WSOP bracelet in 1988.  he took down the $5,000 7-card stud event to win $158,000 and then earned his second bracelet in 2002 when he won the $1,500 No-Limit 207 Draw Lowball event for $62,600.  Throughout a career that spanned three centuries, he accumulated just under $3 million in live-action winnings, according to Hendon Mob.

In addition to his WSOP titles, he also has a number of wins at tournaments such as the LA Poker Classic, the Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Legends of Poker, the California State Poker Championship, Carnivale of Poker and the Festa al Lago Classic.  He has 189 live cashes to his credit and is third on Norway's all-time money list following Felix Stephensen and Annette Obrestad. 

In 2010, Hansen published his autobiography, "Thor Hansen: Usensurent (Uncensored)."  It was a huge success and detailed not only his life at the tables, but included stories of smuggling, murder, robberies and sex. 

Hansen has been described as a respectful player and an "International Treasure."  Those who knew him have said that he was friends with everyone and that he was one of the most respectful players in the game. RIP, Thor. 

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