22-Year-Old Scandanavian Semi-Pro Wins WSOP Bracelet

July 13, 2011

After 42 days and 56 events of the 2011 installment of the WSOP, more than one million hands of poker had been played when a final hand Royal Flush won a gold bracelet to the first Scandinavian player of the year. And the bracelet went to 22-year-old semi-pro player from Uppsala, Sweden, Alexander Anter on event #56 the $1,500 NLH event.

He eventually beat out a playing field of more than 3,300 players after five days of the event. It was Anter’s first time cashing at the WSOP. He won almost $778K. Anter is also known as Hansan Alexander Anter and is a full-time college student now thinking about going full-time pro.

As a student, Anter studies website development and has been playing poker since he was 16 years old. He plays online poker and live poker at private local clubs in Sweden. It is his first year at the WSOP. He originally came to play in the WSOP Main Event, but he decided to go for a few of the cheaper events in the mean time, and it’s a good thing he did. This was his second tournament and his first cash. He didn’t do so well in the $1,000 NLH, but made a great comeback in event #56.

When Anter was asked if he expected to win, he replied, “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.”

He also explained his feelings on winning the gold. He said, “It’s a big honor. Now I can finally show my parents that I’m a poker player and maybe they won’t yell at me to be studying.”


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