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Mostafa Haidary Wins First World Series Of Poker Gold Bracelet In The $5,000 6-Handed Event In Las Vegas

The Australian Poker Player Won $656,747 After Topping A Field Of 817


Mostafa Haidary captured his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet along with a top prize worth $656,747 after winning Event 52 in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 23. That gives the Australian poker player just under $1 million in career earnings after the big win in a talented field.

“I’m so happy! My plans for the moment are to play more poker and celebrate with my wife and kids who are back home. I’m appreciative to be here … I just woke up this morning and said I’m as close as it gets to winning. Everything went smoothly so it was great,” said Haidary right after the win to WSOP reporters. He continued when asked about coming up playing poker in Australia, “We have a great poker scene. There are a lot of great players in Australia and I’m lucky to be one of them.”

When asked about his strategy during the final stages of the tournament, he admitted that there were some big bluffs that got there. “There were three big hands where I bluffed for pretty much all my chips on the turn. All three of them went through,” said Haidary.

Despite just one starting flight, the $5,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em six-max event attracted a big field of 817 entries to build a prize pool worth $3,758,200. That meant the top 123 players cashed for at least $9,963 in prize money. Day 2 saw 231 players advance, and they whittled all the way down to the final 37.

Day 3 played past the final table all the way down to the final four players. Some notable players that made a solid run into the money included Jake Schwartz (14th), Turbo Nguyen (15th), Clemen Deng (26th), David Coleman (34th), Bin Weng (40th), Mart Teltscher (43rd), Filipp Khavin (48th), and Joseph Cheong (49th).

Haidary was the chip leader when they returned for the final day of play. Haidary just kept that momentum rolling when he took out Brandon Schwartz in fourth place to keep building his chip lead. Despite Berndt Gleissner taking out Krasimir Yankov in third place, it was still Haidary who held the more than 2:1 chip advantage before the start of the final match.

Gleissner was able to double up once during heads-up play to take the lead, but Haidary fought back to take the advantage again before the final hand transpired. That hand saw Gleissner shove preflop with pocket threes, and Haidary called with A-9. The flop brought another 9 to the table, so that was all Haidary needed to win the pot, and the tournament. Gleissner did find a nice six-figure score worth $437,821 for his deep run in the tournament. That took the German player’s career earnings right on the doorstep of $1.1 million.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Mostafa Haidary $656,747 1,824
2 Berndt Gleissner $437,821 1,520
3 Krasimir Yankov $300,293 1,216
4 Brandon Schwartz $209,606 912
5 Pedro Madeira $148,939 760
6 Matthew Mcewan $107,770 608

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