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Highlights of World Series of Poker Circuit Africa 2012
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 by Nadia
This year, the World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) Africa saw a few interesting turn of events at the felt. The tournament was held at the Emerald Casino. This is the second time the casino hosted the tour. Live poker tournaments became popular in Africa after Raymond Rahme, became the first African to make it to the final table of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in 2007. Since then, South African players like Darren Kramer, Jarred Solomon and Warren Zackey had quite a few successes in the world of poker tournaments.
The main event of WSOPC Africa 2012 had a field of 218 players. The prize pool created was $634,380. Players had to pay $3.300 for the buy-in. Apart from the action-packed main event quite a few ring events and a ladies event were also conducted.
Action at the Main Event
The main event ran for 3 days. After the first day, only 134 players were remaining. Poker pro Zackey emerged as the chip leader at the end of the first day. However, the player was unable to maintain his chip stack and was eliminated on the second day. Only 14 players headed to the 3rd day.
It took only 3 hours on Day 3 for the final tablers to be determined. Some of them were Gregory Ronaldson, Jason Straus and James Parker. Parker started at the final table with the maximum number of chips.
Quite a few eliminations took place during the first couple of hours. The first to leave the table was Brian Bouwer. He had the smallest chip stack at the table. 22 year old Matt Mullhall, who also had a small chip stack, was eliminated next. After Mullhall, Brad Flynn was eliminated at the 7th place. Marc Joseph made a 6th place finish. He was followed by Ronaldson who was the second chip leader at the final table.
The player had won Event 1 which had the biggest field in the history of live tournaments in Africa. The victory came just a few weeks after he won a Heads-Up battle at the Aussie Millions 2012. Ronaldson’s 5th place finish at the circuit event fetched him $39,649 cash prize.
Soon after Ronaldson’s elimination, Parker’s chip stack was distributed among his opponents and the player was forced to leave at the 4th place. Rahme won the main event and took home $158,595. The players stated that poker has been increasing in popularity in Africa in the past few years. The number of players sent to Las Vegas for playing annual WSOP events has also increased significantly.
Event 5 was a no limit Hold’em tournament which had a field of 257 players. A prize pool of $71,877 was on offer.
Event 1 – The Largest Player Field in the History of Africa
The main event of WSOPC Africa 2012 was preceded by Event 1. It was a No Limit Hold’em tournament. About 324 players registered for the event which created a prize pool of $97,200. The crowd was addressed by Jack Effel the tournament director, and pro Scotty Nguyen, who is a 5 time WSOP bracelet winner. The field was much bigger than was expected by the organizers.