Event #43
Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $2,000
Number of Entries: 472
Total Prize Money: $859,040
Date of Tournament: June 26-28, 2007


  • The winner of the $2,000 buy-in Limit Hold’em championship was Saifuddin Ahmad, a 59-year-old business owner from Newport Beach, CA. He is married and has two children. This was his first victory at the World Series of Poker.
  • Ahmad is originally from the nation of Bangladesh. He came to the United States to attend college in his late teens and earned a Masters Degree in chemical engineering from Cal-Tech. Ahmad now owns several Tony Roma’s restaurants in the Los Angeles area.
  • Ahmad first learned to play bridge and competed in several tournaments. He gravitated to poker playing in recent years. This is his third consecutive year to play at the WSOP.
  • The tournament began with 472 entries and was played over three days. The final 15 minutes of the tournament was a dream come true for Ahmad. He was roughly even in chips with his opponent. Then in a flash, Ahmad won several key hands, including spiking a key river card to make a straight on the final hand of the night to achieve his victory. First place paid $217,329.
  • Ahmad is proud of his first WSOP gold bracelet. But he is even more proud of his two children. His son graduated from Harvard. His daughter graduated from Cal-Berkeley. When it comes to personal success, Ahmad certainly holds a full house.