The Danish poker pro Gus Hansen, 38, hasn't been doing so well at the poker tables as of late, but it's a completely different story when it comes to racket sports! During the World Racketlon Championship in Stockholm over the weekend, Gus made it all the way to the quarter finals where he was defeated by fellow countryman Kasper Jonsson.
Hansen had a great run until he was eliminated, defeating Austrian Lukas Windischberger (ranked 38), Belgian Peter Duyk (ranked 9) and Austrian Marcel Weigl (ranked 13) in the three first matches. Gus, who was a very promising tennis player when he was young, had been working hard on his table tennis and badminton game since he began taking the Racketlon seriously last year. Thanks to the amazing results in Stockholn, he is now ranked 59 in the world rankings for December.
Below you can watch the table tennis match between Gus Hansen and Daniel Majetic from the Gothenburg Racketlon Open 2011.
What is racketlon? Racketlon is the sport in which you challenge your opponent in each of the four racket sports: table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis. A match contains four sets, one in each sport. Each set is played to 21 points, much like in table tennis, but the winner of a racketlon match is not the one that wins most sets but the one that scores the most points in total.
gus is an interesting person- we know that he was a male model, a decent businessman (mainly due to the fact that he is a walking brand in poker community), also active sportsman- maybe he hasn't achieved that much in sports, but he is still making the headlines. and lets not forget poker- one of the biggest names in poker world (though i doubt one of the most profitable ones )
Gus Hansen does well in keep training the sports in which he was good at when he was young. This is the best way to keep physical health, and, about that, poker isn’t that much of an active sport for the body, more for the mind. He really knows how to play it, at first I thought I would be watching a video like those Tony G’s crazy challenges, but after all this is serious stuff!