Gus Hansen Suing an Old Friend

High-stakes professional Gus Hansen is taking an old friend and business partner to court over an unpaid debt. The Danish gambler claims he is owed around $150,000.


Time to Pay Up

Gus Hansen appeared in front of a Danish district court in January 2018 in pursuit of money he claims is owed to him through a business deal. Rasmus Nøhr, a Danish musician and former friend of Hansen is said to have taken money from Hansen as an investment related to a Danish music festival.

In an Instagram video, Hansen gives a cryptic caption about what he’s doing stood in front of a court house.

"Standing in front of the court house for my first ever court appearance against my former friend. A wise woman once said, 'Don't mix money and friends', well this time she was right."

Nøhr set up the Danmark Dejligst (Denmark the Best) music festival back in 2012 when the pair were friends. In 2015 Hansen was invited to become a part owner in return for some investment to facilitate an effort to expand the project. Initially it was planned they would invest 250,000 kroner (approx. $40,000), but as is often the case costs spiral out of control and Hansen ended up putting in another 1.7 million kroner.

The project was mostly about giving Nøhr a platform to showcase his own talents, but also about giving youngsters a chance to be seen. However, a year later things had not gone to plan at all, and Hansen wanted to pull out completely.


Sour End

At this point Hansen asked his partner to freeze the business accounts so they could work out who was due what during a liquidation process. Nøhr didn’t do this and later transferred 200,000 kroner to his own bank account claiming he needed living expenses and rent money. He also thought it was fair as he had “played 22 concerts and worked up to 16 hours per day”

Hansen didn’t see things the same way and after a year’s worth of arguments he decided the only way he would see his money again was if a court ordered it. In May 2017, a team of professionals looked over the books and decided that they would sue for $150,000 worth of compensation.

After the hearing Hansen appeared in another Instagram video stood outside the court room, and was in typically relaxed mood poking fun at the situation.

“New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories. Nope, the Danish courtroom is a far cry from an episode of Law and Order, but still a very interesting day.”

A two days worth of legal argument the case adjourned for six weeks before a verdict will be heard.

Gus Hansen is known as a solid guy throughout the poker community. Nobody has a bad word to say about him. There have certainly never been any stories about him not repaying any loans. As the biggest loser real money online poker has ever seen - $20 million worth – he would appear to be a classic case of a degen that will fall into every trap that gamblers can do, but he never has.


Pair Caught Swapping Cards at the Table

The start of 2018 has been a busy time for reporting on where the law and gambling come into contact with each other. This story involves a pair of English poker players who were caught swapping cards at the Grosvenor Casino, Stockton in April 2017.

Ian Banki, 54, and Steven Pooley, 51, were playing a three-card poker game against the house when they saw an opportunity to swindle £2,080 while the dealer was distracted.

During the court hearing, Alan Davison, the prosecuting counsel, gave a detailed run down of what had happened.

“Having received his cards, Mr Banki turned his cards towards Mr Pooley. Mr Pooley selected a card from his hand and handed it over to Mr Banki. The swap was made between them while the croupier was distracted by another member of staff.”

The dealer was immediately suspicious, but didn’t do anything about it until the pair had left the premises with the £2,080. Staff then checked the CCTV and saw what had been done, so they called the police. British casinos require membership to enter the premises, so it wasn’t difficult to track down Banki and Pooley.

District Judge Kristina Harrison asked the pair, who were representing themselves in court, if they had anything to add in mitigation. Banki said

“There’s not a lot we can say. We didn’t go in there to cheat. We’d had a good drink and it just happened. We are very, very embarrassed and ashamed of what we did.”

Judge Harrison ordered them both to pay £1,040 each with a small fine, plus costs on top.


Bad Beat

In Louisiana, US, a dealer at a card room has been accused of conspiring with a player to set of a bad beat jackpot with a rigged deck. Ashley Solomon, 66, fixed the order of the shoe then pretended to shuffle twice. Dale Foret, 51, was then dealt the hand which would have won him the lion’s share of a $166,471 jackpot.

Of course, when super rare events happen in a casino they do checks with different camera angles to make sure there is no foul play happening. The casino then passed on the footage to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Gaming Enforcement Division which agreed that a crime had been committed.

The pair were both arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit theft over $25,000 and attempted theft over $25,000.

In summer 2017, the Red Rock Casino, Las Vegas, refused to pay out a $120,000 on a technicality which players thought was against the spirit of the rules. The winner had flashed his cards before the dealer finished his action, even though there was no more decision making to do. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has now ruled that the casino has to be paid. Positive news for a change!