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 picked up a flush draw when the flop brought the . The turn popped a and he was in first place for the bracelet but then to make it even better, the river brought the to give him a Royal Flush. Nemer Haddad had to accept $479,521 and second place.
|1 ||Hasan Anter ||$777,928 |
|2 ||Nemer Haddad ||$479,521 |
|3 ||Andy Philachack ||$345,698 |
|4 ||Selim Oulmekki ||$251,267 |
|5 ||John Borzio ||$184,561 |
|6 ||John Horvatich ||$137,025 |
|7 ||Rayan Nathan ||$102,803 |
|8 ||Ryan Goindoo ||$77,914 |
|9 ||James Boyle ||$59,705 |
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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