Piggs Peak, Swaziland, August 21, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- After many hours of play he finally clinched the title in the early hours of Sunday morning, and for his victory he walked away with the phenomenal first prize of R1 million, as well as a World Poker Tour Boot Camp Package to the value of R70,000. “I am very happy. This is the one I always wanted to win,” enthused the new poker champion.
To triumph at this major poker event, Darren had to outplay a strong field of 113, featuring some of the top poker players on the African Poker circuit, including former AAPT title holders, Nick Katsapas, Dale Winterstein, Greg Ronaldson, Ryan Eber, Peter Vermaas and reigning champion Ray Rahme. But in the end there were ten, Eugene du Plessis; Nicolas Zakhem; Nahum Lum; Marco Farrell; Joep van Almenkerk; Kosta Kotsikaris; Jay Sookoo; Raymond Ming Fok and Gareth Wobbe.
After many calls, raises and folds it was Darren Kramer and Jay Sookoo who went heads up for the championship. Kramer kicked off with a slight chip lead, with his 1,835,000 chips versus the 1,116,000 chips of Sookoo. Darren drew blood from the word go and although Sookoo put up an admirable fight, he managed to defeat Sookoo in just under one and a half hours. For his second place, Jay earned himself an impressive R435,000 as well as a WPT Boot Camp Package to the value of R70,000.
Joining Kramer and Sookoo on Team All Africa Poker to the Caribbean in December are:
- 3rd: Eugene du Plessis who won R230,000
- 4th: Marco Farrell who won R180,000
- 5th Gareth Wobbe who won R170,000
- 6th: Nahum Lum who won R150,000
- 7th: Kosta Kotsikaris who won R135,000
- 8th Raymond Ming Fok who won R120,000
- 9th: Nicholas Zakhem who won R110,000
- 10th: Joep van Almenkerk who won R100,000
“We have sponsored WPT Bootcamp Packages to the value of R70,000 each for all the players who made the top ten,” says Wendy Graaf, Group Marketing Manager of Piggs Peak Casino. “As members of Team All Africa Poker, these fortunate players will be in poker paradise for a week, in the Caribbean, where they will be personally coached by some of the world’s best poker players, including the likes of T.J.Cloutier and Scotty Nguyen,” explains Wendy. “And we are elated to be able to give them this once in a lifetime opportunity!”
For your share of all the action from this exciting poker event, check out the blog on the allafrica poker website or, keep your eye on the All Africa Poker Channel, on DSTV 393.
Contact Victoria on 0800 003 549 for more information on the All Africa Poker Tournament