The poker world mourns Thor Hansen
We lost a legend of the game on Tuesday 4th December.
Thor Hansen, the "Godfather of Norwegian Poker", passed away from cancer some seven years after he was given just months to live. We paid tribute to the great man here on PokerStars Blog, but we certainly aren't the only ones who wanted to honour him.
Here's a small collection of some of your personal tributes.
Always enjoyed watching Thor on the tour. A true gentleman of the game.— Bob Brady (@BobBrady2) December 5, 2018
Thor Hansen and my mom were together for 5-6 years when I was growing up. Thor bought me my first drumset and always took me to fun shows and events. RIP Thor.— Kim Iversen (@KimOnTheLeft) December 5, 2018
I will never forget being a complete newbie on the EPT and Thor inviting me, both figuratively and literally, to be part of the party. If I so much as walked past a gathering he was in, he'd pull me into the group like an old friend.— Lee Jones (@leehjones) December 5, 2018
RIP, sir; you were one of the good ones.
I distinctly remember the 1st time I met Thor Hansen in 2005. He made me smile then, and every single time I saw him subsequently. Just listening to him talk made me happy. He was a true gentleman and a sweetheart. He will be missed #RIPThor— Cliff Josephy (@JohnnyBaxPoker) December 5, 2018
I just learned Thor Hansen, the great poker pro from Norway, has passed away. Thor was one of the kindest, most decent, most honest, most universally beloved players ever to play this game. I'm having trouble composing my thoughts. So many fond memories of this wonderful man.— Nolan Dalla (@nolandalla) December 5, 2018
Rip Thor Hansen one of my favorite people in poker always smiling and always nice to everyone— Robert Mizrachi (@PokerRob24) December 5, 2018
RIP Thor Hansen, one of the greatest ambassadors of European poker. He was a such nice & genuine guy 😢 #legend— Kevin MacPhee (@KevinMacphee) December 5, 2018
RIP Thor Hansen ♥️ pic.twitter.com/uzMSUiiQme— Per Christian Hansen (@Poker_PC) December 5, 2018
Thor Hansen was awesome in every way. I always admired him. https://t.co/rmCIVf7FHt— Jonathan Little (@JonathanLittle) December 5, 2018
Sad to hear about the passing of Thor Hansen. An old school good guy and possibly the nicest poker player I've ever played with— Tristan McDonald (@Withnail160) December 5, 2018
I'm very sad to hear about the passing of Thor Hansen, a gentleman and legend of the game. Through illness, he came to the Norwegian Championships in Dublin every year, always bringing a smile to the faces of his table-mates. RIP— David K Lappin (@dklappin) December 5, 2018
Have heard the news that the legendary Thor Hansen has passed after his battle with cancer. One of the true legends of the game, should already be in the Poker Hall of Fame (but, since poker doesn't exist outside of the US, he isn't). Requiescat in pace, Thor...— Earl Burton (@EarlBurton75) December 5, 2018
Thor Hansen truly beat the odds. Diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012, he fought and managed to stick around for way longer than anyone could have thought. A true legend of the game, a warrior, and one of the nicest poker pros I met. May he rest in peace.— BenjoDiMeo (@BenjoDiMeo) December 5, 2018
Thor Hansen was that rarest of things, an International Treasure.— Barny Boatman (@barnyboatman) December 5, 2018
Let's let his family and friends know how much we all feel the loss of this lovely man.
Thor Hansen was one of the most respected, beloved poker players in history. His behavior at the table was impeccable - never berated dealers, never criticized other players, & never whined about bad beats. Everyone ♥️ him. 1st WSOP bracelet winner from Norway ('88). #icon #RIP— Mike Sexton (@Mike_partypoker) December 5, 2018
When I worked @BellagioPoker I remember Thor Hansen coming in and treating every player and staff member with the utmost respect. They don't make many like him with such grace and class playing the game we all love. RIP sir.— Sean McCormack (@ThePokerBoss) December 5, 2018
Rest in Peace Thor Hansen. A two-time bracelet winner, 55 career WSOP cashes. He was a better man than player. You will be missed. Our condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/EYs1rqQdcn— WSOP (@WSOP) December 5, 2018
RIP Thor Hansen the untrollable. So cool - so smart. The rest will have to wait.— George Danzer (@trickyscarfy) December 5, 2018
Very sad to hear that Thor Hansen has passed away. A rare old school gentleman at the poker tables, always smiling, gentle and kind to everyone. Always greeted us poker media with a handshake and short story, and was simply happy to be able to play and enjoy the game. RIP 😢— Christian Zetzsche (@zedmaster84) December 5, 2018
Sad to hear of Thor Hansen's passing. I remember him as being a light hearted, kind and gentle person. Always a pleasure to be around. RIP Thor— Sorel Mizzi (@sorelmizzi) December 5, 2018
Saddened to wake up to the news of Thor Hansen passing. He was a real fun spirit and a fantastic player and poker is better for having had him around. Thinking of his family and friends today.— Lance Bradley (@Lance_Bradley) December 5, 2018
Rest in peace, Thor Hansen. He was like glue that could bring any group of people together and ensure they had a good time. Made multiple WCOOP final tables in his seventies, years after being given 3 months to live. What an absolute legend of the game.— Miikka Anttonen (@chuckbasspoker) December 5, 2018
Seeing a lot of love in my timeline for Thor Hansen, and it is deserved. Every interaction I ever had with him was very 'light' and positive. Definitely someone who was #goodforpoker RIP.— John Caldwell (@ScheckTwit) December 5, 2018
Really down to earth guy, with plenty of hilarious stories and always sharing his poker skills.— Ken Erik Ølmheim (@kenerik) December 5, 2018
Here in Norway he did a great job, legalizing poker.
The Norwegian poker community lost a great personality, but we will remember him forever.
R.I.P Thor "lille Betan" Hansen.
A real gent. 😢— GDSmith (@GDSmith777) December 5, 2018
I love guys like Thor at the poker table. Big personalities with a smile on their face. May he RIP.— Patches O'Houlihan (@Dodge_A_Wrench) December 5, 2018
RIP Thor Hansen. Had a blast when we played together. He was one of the good ones.— Eric Crain (@EricCrain) December 5, 2018
Thor Hansen never wore headphones or covered up in a hoodie. He wanted to talk to everyone. No one was a stranger to Thor. Poker will miss you sir! #ripThor— Joshua Arieh (@golferjosh) December 5, 2018
Such a legend. Life-wise as well as poker. 💗— Summer (@summawhat) December 5, 2018
Like one of his best friends here in Norway said; Every time he met a new person, he got a new friend. RIP Thor— Rolf Ananiassen (@rolf_ana) December 5, 2018