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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2011

Hasan Alexander Anter Takes Down WSOP NLH $1,500

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The World Series of Poker Event #56, No-Limit Hold'em, $1,500 buy-in brought in a massive 3,389 runners to create a prize pool of $4,575,150.  First place was locked in at $777,928 with 342 players scoring compensation for their four day work week.  It was scheduled to be a four day tournament but the big field forced it into a five day event.

Anter is a 22-year-old semi-professional poker player and the first Scandinavian poker player to claim gold in the 2011 WSOP. Known as Hasan Anter or Hasan Alexander Anter, he's also a full-time college student and says he may turn pro after this win. He plays a lot of online poker and also plays in small private cardrooms with poker games in local clubs - that's in Uppsala, Sweden.

The final table was guaranteed a first-time champion since there were no former gold bracelet winners left standing and Anter was just the man for the job. Heads-up play found him facing off with Nemer Haddad.  Anter raised on the button to 500,000 and Haddad reraised all-in for 3.2 million.  Anter put some thought into it before he made the call.

Anter: {A-Spades}{4-Diamonds}
Haddad: {A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}

Anter picked up a flush draw when the flop brought the {A-Spades}{K-Spades}{10-Spades}.  The turn popped a {4-Spades} and he was in first place for the bracelet but then to make it even better, the river brought the {J-Spades} to give him a Royal Flush.  Nemer Haddad had to accept $479,521 and second place.

Hasan Anter 
Nemer Haddad
Andy Philachack
Selim Oulmekki 
John Borzio 
John Horvatich
Rayan Nathan
Ryan Goindoo
James Boyle

When Hassan Anter was asked if he expected to win:

“No, I didn’t expect to win. I was happy to make the money. My goal was to make the money in the Main Event. I came for the Main Event. I didn’t even plan to play this, so this is a big surprise.”

And so ends another Cinderella Story under the bright lights of the Amazon Room! Hasan Anter took down $777,928, the gold bracelet, and the championship, all in five days of play and locked up a gold bracelet for the Scandanavian team!  Congratulations Hasan!

The Final Table Payouts:

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For more detailed hands and information about the event, visit PokerNews Live Reporting.

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