On Monday, the Copenhagen City Council has seized DKK 26 million from a professional poker player and passed the verdict that he will be sentenced to 2 years and 6 months behind bars.
The criminal case hearing was first conducted in May and it was regarding the man's activities negatively affecting other poker players from 2008 until 2014. The defendant is convicted mainly for charges of hacking and fraud.
The illegal profits that were confiscated from him are approximately DKK 26,376,929 (approx. $3.9 million).
At the beginning of this week, poker legend Gus Hansen has posted clips of himself via Instagram that showed he was just outside the premises of a Copenhagen courthouse, to which he meant to sue his former pal and business partner, musician Rasmus Nøhr, for a total of 896,000 Kroner (approx. $150,000).
On May 16th we wrote about Gus "The Great Dane" Hansen's incredible $1.57 million win in less than 24 hours. Hansen has been very active at Full Tilt's nosebleed tables since then but not managed to book a nice win until last Monday. He started the day by playing heads-up against Alex "Alexonmoon" Luneau at the $1k/$2k 2-7 Triple Draw Tables. The match lasted for four hours and Hansen dominated from start to finish and added $374k to his bankroll.
The time was just before 2am on Wednesday when two heavily armed robbers ran into the facilities of the Royal Casino in Århus, Denmark. According to witnesses, one robber threatened the casino staff in the entrance and reception with a big gun while the other robber went to the cashier and demanded cash.
"Everyone was hiding under the tables just in case they would start shooting," a witness told a Danish newspaper.
The police don't want to say how much money the robbers got away with as it could encourage others to do something similar, but a witness claims that it was around 200,000 danish crowns (approx. 26,833 euro). Below is a short video clip of the robbery.Read more » Danish Casino Robbed
On Sunday, the Danish Team PokerStars Pro The Jorgensen was shot three times in the leg by robbers who forced their way into his house in Greve, Denmark and demanded money. Jorgensen's wife, who had to watch helplessly as her husband was shot multiple times, called the police, who searched the house and the neighbourhood with dogs, but no one has been arrested yet.
Denmark's biggest poker star Theo Jorgensen was last night shot in the legs by three masked men who forced their way into his home in Greve. Ekstrabladet.dk reports that he's hospitalised but not in danger of his life after the bloody drama that occured in his family home in front of his wife.
After 5 days of poker Emil Olsson was crowned the champion of the 2012 WPT Copenhagen Main Event. The Swedish youngster bested a field of 229 players and defeated Morten Klein from Norway heads-up to become the latest WPT Champions Club member. He received 1,200,000 DKK ($229,938) and a $25k seat in the WPT Championship at the Bellagio.
Final table results: 1 Emil Olsson $229,938 2 Morten Klein $145,164 3 Philip Jacobsen $93,080 4 Steve Barshak $68,316 5 Robin Ylitalo $51,237 6 Jan Djerberg $40,989
The World Poker Tour Copenhagen Main Event attracted a total of 229 players this time. After two days of play, the field has been reduced to 141 with Day 1A winner Andre Petrovic (picture), from Sweden, out in front with 220,400 chips. Day 2 kicks off at 12:00 CET (03:00 PDT) and the biggest names in the remaining squad of players are Sean Jazayeri (91k), Theo Jorgensen (53k), Kara Scott (43k), Steve O'Dwyer (38k), Marvin Rettenmaier (31k) and Ana Marquez (26k). Famous players who were eliminated during Day 1A and Day 1B: Tony G, Daniel "Jungleman" Cates, Ville Wahlbeck, Anton Wigg & Ramzi Jelassi.
Yesterday Full Tilt Poker revealed in a press release that its former pro Gus Hansen will be the first ambassador when the site re-launch on November 6, 2012. This is what Hansen had to say about his return to Full Tilt Poker.
"I'm very excited to represent the industry's most authentic poker brand," Hansen said in a press release. "Full Tilt Poker has the best games, most innovative software and the strongest poker community; to me this feels like coming home."
"Gus is one of the best-known and most respected names in the poker community," said Sarne Lightman, the newly-appointed Head of Marketing at Full Tilt Poker. "Gus has always embodied the best characteristics of the Full Tilt Poker brand and we are thrilled to have him return as an ambassador."
Many former WSOP Main Event finalists and winners have been doing quite well at the 2012 WSOP. Now it's the 2008 main event champion Peter Eastgate's turn as he's among the last 4 players in Event #56: No-Limit Hold'em, a tournament that saw a field of 2,798 players, and has the chance of winning his second gold bracelet.
A new prop bet was brought to the surface a few days ago on a Danish poker forum. Alexander "AlexKP" Petersen (on the right) has betted €100 to 1000 times the money against Peter "Zupp" Jepsen (left) that he will score 1 goal in the highest division (Superliga) in Danish soccer within 5 years. In other words, if Petersen succeeds, Jepsen will have to give him €100,000!
After 6 days of pulsating poker, the World Poker Tour Vienna Main Event finally got a winner, Morten Christensen (online qualifier) from Denmark. For the win he was awarded with €313,390 and a seat in the WPT final.
Christensen is the 4th Dane, in just a few short months, to take down a major European title this year, following in the footsteps of Frederik Jensen (EPT Madrid), Mickey Petersen (EPT Copenhagen) and most recent winner Jannick Wrang (EPT Campione)
When it come to PokerStars European Poker Tour, Danish players have been doing extremely well lately. Frederik Jensen, Mickey Petersen and Jannick Wrang have all won the main event in the past months, so it might not come as surprise to anyone that the chip leader of the World Poker Tour Vienna main event is also Danish.
Yesterday it was announced that Unibet, a Swedish betting company, has bought the well-known MTG-owned gaming site Bet24 and its activities for approximately €13,5 million. The 45 employees working at Bet24 today will now be relocated to Unibet's office on Malta. Unibet will run both trademarks separately in the beginning, but in 3-6 months time they hope to have all Bet24's customers integrated to its own platform.
Danish poker players have been doing extremely well on the European Poker Tour lately, and yesterday the third straight win came when Jannick Wrang took home the EPT Campione main event (Italy). It was an extremely tough final table where Wrang had to defeat Olivier Busquet, the 2009 WPT Borgata winner, heads-up to reach the first prize of €640,000. This is by far Wrang's biggest pay day ever, with previous career highlights being a side event win on the tour and a 16th place in the EPT London main event.
It ended up being a Scot and Dane who battled it out for the EPT Madrid title. Frederik Jensen, from Denmark, started the heads-up with a 2-1 lead over Fraser MacIntyre. Jensen dominated the heads-up totally and a few hands into the match he had a 4-1 advantage. MacIntyre had basically given up at that point, and it didn't take long before Jensen had all the chips (to be precise, the heads-up only lasted for 15 minutes).
Danish Poker magazine "Ace" has announced that Ace #50, scheduled to hit the streets May 20th, will not be released and the company will shut down the printed version of their magazine.
The reason can be found in the new gambling law in Denmark, looking to be effective as of July 2010. The law will make it impossible for many foreign gambling providers to operate within Denmark, without a license. Such a license, cannot be obtained until January 2011, but nobody seems to know the exact requirements for a license yet. Without foreign gambling providers and their advertising budgets, "Ace" will be unable to continue with an acceptable economy.
Gus "The Great Dane" Hansen has won millions of dollars during his poker career. He has won all these money from playing the biggest tournaments and at the highest cash game tables (both online and live) there are, against the best poker players in the world. Gus Hansen's poker career has been great with other words. But as we all know, playing at the highest stakes is not always a bunch of roses.
Gus Hansen has really got to experience it this year as his bankroll has decreased with around 2.9 million US dollars. But even though he has lost so much money this year, the most people following his poker career are certain that he will start winning soon again. It's just a matter of time according to them. It's hard to disagree with them as this is not the first time he has lost big amounts of money.
Denmark is well-known for having one of the most heavy-handed taxation codes of any country in the EU. Peter Eastgate who took down $9.1 million when he won the WSOP last November, was taxed at a 45% rate for the first $4 million he earned and at 75% for the remainder of the money, leaving the youngest WSOP champion ever with an estimated $2.5 million in prize money.
The Danish Supreme Court ruled that a 35 year old unemployed man who had been making a living as an online poker player, would have to be taxed as a "professional gambler", similar to the tax rate of Peter Eastgate. Over the past year, he allegedly earned around €26,000 from playing at several online poker sites.
The Supreme Court did, however, refuse to enforce the DKK 5000 fine (€670) issued by a lower court, his resulting tax bill ends up at €11,700.
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