Anter Adds Swedish Touch to 2011 WSOP

Alexander Anter
Alexander Anter

Alexander Anter played the textbook Scandinavian style of poker to win the second-to-last bracelet of the 2011 WSOP.

Anter, who hails from Uppsala, Sweden, was exceptionally aggressive at the final table of Event 56 and in the end simply overwhelmed his opponents.

This summer marked the first time Anter had played the WSOP and he never thought he would win a tournament, let alone one that paid out $777k for first place.

“I never expected to win this tournament,” he said. “I was all-in with bluffs several time and got lucky that no one called me.”

Despite being just 22 years old, the prestige of winning a WSOP bracelet was not lost on Anter.

“It’s a huge honor,” he said. “Now I can finally show my parents that I’m a successful poker player. They don’t have to yell at me to study anymore.”

In total Anter outlasted 3,389 players to win the $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event.

The Swede did not pick an easy final table to run over. He had to compete with noted poker pros Bryn Kenney, Andy Philachack and Rayan Nathan.

Anter was introduced to the game of poker when he was just 16 and several friends invited him to a home game. He was hooked instantly.

“I was a total fish back then,” he admitted. “I went back to that game and played every week. I gave them quite a bit of money but then I started to read books about poker and get better.”

Eventually he started playing online poker and became a skilled tournament player. He would also occasionally play in the poker clubs in Uppsala although he now prefers going to Stockholm to play in the casinos.

Currently studying web development at University, Anter decided to take a break to play the 2011 WSOP Main Event.

“I’m supposed to go back in November but I’m not sure if I will now,” he said. 

Incredibly in the final hand of the tournament, Anter managed to hit a Royal Flush. He already had the tournament clinched with a made ace-high flush but the final river card gave him poker’s best hand.

As a poker player, Anter had no delusions about the where the money from his huge $777k victory would go.

“It’s my bankroll and I’m just going to play poker,” he laughed. “The [WSOP] will have a chance to get it back.”

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