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Top Danish Poker Players

There is a lovely country. It is called Denmark. It is small, but it has had an historical impact of size and matter. Once the danes ruled the seas as vikings and in the year of 92, they won the European Championship in football. The danes have also proved themselves in something else. Poker. In this article we celebrate some of the four most influential danish players and the achievements.

Peter Nicolas Eastgate

Fortune favors the bold – and young. Peter was only 22 years old when he won the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion. It made him the youngest poker player to have ever won the World Series. He beat Pro Phil Hellmuth’s 19 year old record. Phil won at the age of 24.
Peter learned to play the game with his friends and had only played professional 2 years, prior to his major win. He took home an astounding amount of $9.152.415. Peter held the record one year until 21 year old Joe Cada won the very next year.

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Peter used his winning as any other 22 year old would. On having a good old jolly time with his girlfriend in Las Vegas. He admits that he did not do much to promote the game following his major win. Nevertheless. His win made history and threw Phil of the mantle. A new and young generation had arrived and it started with Peter.

Jan Vang Sørensen

As a former professional football player, this guy craves to win. Jan spent his early career as a footballer in the best football league in Denmark. A knee injury ended his career. He transferred his competitive ability to poker and stands tall as the dane with most won bracelets.

Jan won The World Series of Poker with PL Omaha in 2002 and 7 Card Stud in 2005. He began playing poker in the mid 70’s, so he has a long standing history with different iterations of the game. His favourite is 7 Cards. Jan is a fighter and a true testament to hard work, ability and dedication.

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When reaching the final table, Jan never relied on mathematics. He always went with playing what he could see. The stakes, the cards, the players. He had at an interview in 2007 played roughly 50 final tables. Needless to say. He knows what he is talking about. His best live earnings is at an $800,972.He seems not to have been active in poker since 2013 when he attended The No Limit Hold’em – Main Event in Copenhagen and finished 12th.

Mads Mikkelsen “Le Chiffre” 

There are benefits of playing the part of the most despicable poker player in the world. Renowned danish actor took on the role of “Le Chiffre” opposite Daniel Craig’s depiction of “James Bond”. Mads Mikkelsen contributed to unfold the intensity of high stakes poker on the big screen. Sure, he might have had to break some balls (literally) getting there. There is no denying that the movie “Casino Royale” succeeded in using poker as the primary drive of the story. Each hand made it all more hard to watch.

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The movie was released in 2006 and made $606,1 million in box office earnings. Sadly, 2006 was also when the poker boom was near its end. If it had to finish on a high note, Casino Royale and Le Chiffre did it justice. Just not enough to keep the boom booming.

Mads Mikkelsen was because of the storyline coached in playing the game. He took home his newfound knowledge and used it to win money from his friends. They were not so happy. He was.

A fun fact. Mads Mikkelsen appeared in a danish mockumentary called “Pokerface”(Danish: Pokerfjæs) playing ‘himself’ in a tour de force of five friends’ failure of trying to make it big with poker in the U.S.

If you are interested and want to read about other great poker movies, please check out our blog about: Poker movies you need to watch.

Gus Hansen “The Great Dane”

He is known as “The Great Dane”, but feared as “The Madman”. Gus is furious at the poker table. His way of playing is aggressive and sometimes bonkers. Nevertheless, Gus’ fearless personality has made him a force to be reckoned with. In the slipstream of televised poker tournaments and the poker boom, Gus became a great character and ambassador for the intensity of the game. Suddenly poker players became celebrities.

Whether Gus Hansen was cherished, loved, hated or feared, he was most of all respected. His influence was widespread. In Denmark he was a national hero and equal to Denmark’s celebrities. On the international scene of poker Gus was a superstar. Everybody knew him. A great ambassador for the mainstream perception of poker and further development of the popular game.

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Just like Ikaros, Gus Hansen flew too high and got burned. His aggressive style of poker came with certain downsides. Gus has ended up losing more than he could afford. Millions of dollars in loosings have temporarily ended his once winning spree. At least he has a bracelet to show for it. In 2010 he won his first and only WSOP by winning the High-Roller No-Limit Hold’em Heads up Championship at WSOP Europe in london. He ended up bringing home $451,880.

Even if he is not as he once was, he is still remembered as dane who has had the most influence in promoting poker in Denmark. A true gambler and aficionado of our beloved game of poker.

If you want to know more about Gus Hansen, then check out our Poker Player Story about Gus Hansen here.

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Poker Movies you Need to Watch (Top 5)

We (the EasyPoker team) have created a top 5 list of what we think are the Best Poker Movies ever made. A
favorite pastime of ours is watching poker movies. So pop some popcorn and enjoy the bests of bets and bluffs and watch with your fellow movie buffs (That rhymed. Unintentional.).

5. Oceans 11 (2001)

By Steven Soderbergh

The ratpack remake of the 1960’s movie of the same name, is a fast-paced American heist
movie – spiced with a dose of great one-liners such as: “We’re in Barney. Barney Rubble.
Trouble!”. Poker is far from the   main-theme, but as the team hits the tables, we are introduced to
a world of gambling and the shiny lights of Las Vegas. This gives Oceans 11 a top five spot on our favorite poker movies list. 
A favorite scene of mine is when Brad Pitt and George Clooney try to hustle a few ‘rookies’ in a
game of poker – that the rookies are portrayed as their real self actors, makes the scene even
more enjoyable to watch.

Starring: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and oh so many other top notch actors.
IMDB: 7.8 (That’s pretty damn high)

4. Maverick (1994)

By Richard Donner

Mel Gibson is the slick gunslinger and poker player, Bret Maverick. When the submission for

a poker tournament is too high, Maverick finds himself in a desperate need of money. Throw
in a charming thief, high-pursuit horse chases and Maverick’s funny attempts of hustling
money and you’ll find yourself with one heck of a good poker movie.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner.
IMDB: 7.0 (A highly enjoyable watch with a great rating)

3. The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

By Norman Jewison

A modern David vs. Goliath, as a young and up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself
against the champ. Steve McQueen aka. The Cincinnati Kid goes head-to-head with Edward. G.
Robinson aka. Lancey Howard.
Women can’t resist him, men want to be him and poker players can’t call his bluff. It’s a
world of no limits and the Cincinnati Kid is taking it all, one game at a time. Working his way
up to the high-stakes table, Lancey Howard will see if the Cincinnati Kid is “all bark and no
bite”.

Starring: Steve McQueen, enough said.
IMDB: 7,3 (An old dog can still learn you new tricks).

2. Casino Royale (2006)

By Martin Campbell

It seems as if tomorrow never comes with the dashing 007 Bond, James Bond that is. The
saga continues with Bond finding himself in the middle of high-stakes poker game. His
adversary is the always brilliant Mads Mikkelsen playing the “ball-crushing” Le Chiffre aka.
Mr. Number/The Cipher. Hot women, dry drinks and a poker movie that combines the best of
action with the intensity of calling someone’s bluff in a game of poker. All in all Casino Royale gets the second highest spot on our best poker movies list.


Starring: Daniel Craig, Judy Dench and Mads Mikkelsen.

IMDB: 8.0 (Chuck Norris doesn’t even score that high. Joke, of course he does).

1. Rounders (1998)

By John Dahl

This classic is old but gold and definitely deserves the top spot on our best poker movies list. The book smart, law-grad Mike McDermott (Matt Damon) gets
reunited with his, just prison released, best friend Worm (Edward Norton). When Worm
lands himself in some trouble, Mike has to return to the table to save his friend in a game of
poker. The movie devotes its love to poker, seen through the eyes of two young punks who
risk everything with the cards they are dealt.
It breaths poker in every sense and you feel the intensity rise with the flop, the turn and the
river. The movie is voted the best poker movie on IMDB as well, so trust the numbers.

Starring: Matt Damon and Edward Norton.
IMDB: 7,3 (Old but gold. Rounders still got it).

What do you think? Please let us know in the comments if we missed a great movie. Have a good time watching!