Poker Millionnaire Made in Small African Town of Piggs Peak, Swaziland

Piggs Peak, Swaziland, June 20, 2007 --( The air was thick with frenetic excitement as people gathered from all across the world for the highly anticipated 9th All Africa Poker Tournament, which was hosted at Piggs Peak Hotel & Casino in Swaziland this weekend. With a breathtaking prize pool of Three and a Half million Rand, it is no secret why this tournament has been dubbed “the richest poker tournament in Africa.”

With such high stakes, it comes as no surprise that the interest and participation in the All Africa Poker Tournaments, continue to grow exponentially. This time around, the tournament sported a field of 120 players, 30 more than the previous tournament held in February 2007.

After a gruelling 30 hours at the poker table, 26 year old Claude Sacks claimed his title as All Africa Poker Champion - winning the much desired One Million Rand first prize as well as an all inclusive package to enter the World Series of Poker US$10,000 Main Event.

The heads up battle with former All Africa Poker finalist, Neville Eber, was filled with electrifying tension as Sacks’ proved his poker skill in an intense struggle, which most players would have given up on. The fighting spirit of a true poker player helped Sacks to grind his way back after losing the majority of his stack, to finally win the tournament. Once again the element of skill was affirmed in this game that is not recommended for the faint hearted.

It also became clear that poker is no longer the territory of men only, since eight ladies enrolled for the competition, with the highest finisher, Karin Hasseriis, ending in an excellent 14th place.

To satisfy the curiosity of more than three million viewers and poker fans, the television crew took their positions to film this exciting event, which will be screened on the All Africa Poker Channel, DSTV 121 throughout the year. And cameras flashed as celebrities such as famous singer Danny K (finished 47th) and Super Sport presenter Neil Andrews (finished 75th) competed against many of the poker legends of Africa, including Peter Vermaas, Ryan Brauer and Christopher Convery.

Team All Africa Poker, comprising Claude Sacks, Neville Eber, Darryn van Heerden, Ray Rahme and Ryan Brauer, will be heading for Las Vegas to enter the WSOP Main Event in early July 2007. The team is sponsored by Piggs Peak Casino. Super Saturday’s Neil Andrews will be following all their action and antics in a video diary, which is being filmed for All Africa Poker Channel as well.

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