Hakan Inan might not be the biggest name on the poker circuit just yet but he sure knew how to answer some of my questions.
Luckily for me I managed to catch up with him last week just after he won a $3,500 WPT National Series Denmark package to the event in Vejle.
Dany Willis: Congrats on winning a WPT seat in Demark, so when did you first start playing poker?
Hakan Inan: Back in 2008
DW: Alright tell us what kind of stakes and games do you normally play?
HI: I like to play big tournaments. I’d say I play about 70% online poker and 30% live poker.
The Emerald Isle
DW: This won’t be your fist major live event right? You did quite well in Ireland, tell us about that?
HI: Yes, that was the WPT Dublin in 2012, I placed 33rd and cashed for €5500
DW: A decent payday there, Seth and I had the chance to talk to Padraig Parkinson whilst at the WPT Venice, he always says that’s a great event. Anyway outside of poker what kind of hobbies and interests do you have?
HI: I like to play football and spend time with my family.
DW: So is this a full time occupation or do you have a day job?
HI: I am sales manager but my big target is to become a professional poker player.
DW: Which players would you be most scared to see at your table? Any pros you’d hope to play with?
HI: I have no idols and I have no fear of big names.
DW: Wow fearless huh? Okay playing the fun hypothetical pretend game, if you won a big live event what is the first thing you’d buy with the prize money?
HI: Porsche Cayenne.
DW: That was a bit of a snap call answer; c’mon you’d be practicing that one right? Alright last one and I’ll let you get packing for Denmark, rumor is TonyG is going to be in a castle there, so go on tell us how’d you celebrate your victory?
HI: My wife and I went out for a nice meal.
DW: And hopefully you decided on a color for that Porsche right? Anyway once again Hakan thanks for taking the time to catch up with us, a pleasure as usual.
Our next big WPT that you can qualify to is of course Vienna, with online satellites currently running on PartyPoker. As well as that you’ll find the Premier League V will also be in town, and with $13,000 trip packages up for grabs at PartyPoker for you to join the likes of Tony G, Patrik Antonius, Vanessa Selbst, and Erik Seidel in one of the world’s biggest buy-in poker tournament make sure you qualify!