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You probably didn’t know it was happening and, honestly, neither did wee, but the second annual World Series of Poker Africa main event was won by Joe-Boy Rahme, who hails from South Africa. He took the top spot in the $3,300 main event, topping a field of 218 players over three days. That play, when combined with the prize pool of $634,380, netted the restauranteur-turned-poker-pro a very nice $158,595.
Rahme, who’s well known in the Adrican poker scene had to face down a very tough final table at the Emerald Resort and Casino in Jahannesburg. In fact, winners from two earlier events were sitting there as well: Gregory Ronaldson, who’d won event #1 and Jason Straus, who’d taken event #2. However, in the end, Rahme was faced down Ivan Pakkiri, whose Q-10 couldn’t best Rahnme’s J-J.
After his win, Rahme said, “This feels great; I’ve been working toward a WSOP championship for 25 years. This is fabulous.”
If you’re curious, here are the final results and payouts from the event:
1. Joe-Boy Rahme ($158,595)
2. Ivan Pakkiri ($98,012)
3. Jason Straus ($71,368)
4. James Parker ($52,780)
5. Gregory Ronaldson ($39,649)
6. Marc Joseph ($30,196)
7. Brad Flynn ($23,409)
8. Matt Mullhall ($18,397)
9. Brian Bouwer ($14,654)
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