Well, fortunately, all the speculation can stop because Hansen recently did an interview with PokerNYHederne that set the record straight on lots of things. The first topic that the 40-year-old poker pro addressed was his relationship with Full Tilt. “I’ve had a good relationship with Full Tilt,” he said. “A good relationship, which it still is. We decided to part ways in September when my contract ended.”
Hansen added that the reason why Full Tilt got rid of him and Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom is because they are going in a different direction to catch their “big brother” PokerStars. He also said that Full Tilt didn’t have the budget to keep paying Hansen and Blom as sponsored players.
Whatever the case may be, it doesn’t look like the Great Dane is too affected by the loss of his sponsorship deal. He’s already got big plans for this year, which include a trip to the 2015 WSOP. Hansen has just three WSOP cashes in the last four years – and none in 2014 – so it would be nice to see him give the event his full attention again. Another live tournament stop that he’ll be making is the EPT Monaco event.
Eventually, Hansen would like to play online poker again, though not at the stakes that he’s accustomed too. Hansen mentioned playing 2/4 and 5/10 Pot Limit Omaha, but not in the immediate future. Instead, his future plans center on playing a bridge tournament in Iceland and a squash tournament in New York. And low-limit PLO games may soon follow after this.