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    Saturday, February 18th, 2012 by Ryan

Thor Hansen is one of the most well-known poker players in the game, and is considered as the “Godfather” of Scandinavian poker in his home country of Norway. While he is an excellent player all around, many people know the fact that he has been diagnosed with cancer this January. This led to a ton of support coming from all over the place in the poker world, and the situation is quite interesting as Hansen currently has no health insurance. The poker world is now coming together to help Thor Hansen and his cause, and hopefully help him save his life. They have decided to gather this Sunday to attempt to raise funds to help him out. There will be two poker benefit tournaments, and the event will divide the money right down the middle to give half of it to the prize pool and the other half to Hansen’s charity, the Thor Hansen Charity Fund.

The opening tournament will start at 7:30pm Central European Time, and is going to be hosted by the popular online poker site PokerStars. The opening tournament features a $20 buy-in, and is the smaller of the two tournaments that are on the board. The second tournament is a $100 buy-in, and of course $50 of the buy-in’s will go towards the Thor Hansen Charity Fund, while the other $50 will go into the prize pool.

There have been some different reports that have been coming out about Thor’s fight with cancer, and the current one has to do with the fact that a doctor has decided to see Hansen and help him out with what to do in his future moving forward. Hansen could either go back home to Norway and get the free health care, or stay in the United States and try some new medicines and such to see what types of affects they have on it. According to Andreas Hoivold (another poker pro), Thor feels that he has “met a doctor that he feels he can trust 100%.” He obviously still has quite a bit to do moving forward, and he has been ill for quite a bit of time.

Hansen’s career has been going since way back in 1987 when he played his first event, the Grand Prix of Poker in Vegas. During his first schedule h made it to three final tables, and also had a 4th place finish in a $10k event as well. He is currently 64 years old, and he won his first gold bracelet at the World Series of Poker the next year, when he took down a Seven Card Stud event that featured a $5k buy-in. He also won another gold bracelet a bit more recent, back in 2002, when he took down the $1,500 Deuce to Seven Lowball event. His total of 45 cashes at the WSOP are quite impressive as well, and leave him as one of the most respected players in the game still. His strong play extends past just the WSOP though, as he has pulled in over $2.9 million in his career with 18 wins and an incredible 180 cashes during poker tournaments!

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