Piggs Peak, Swaziland, November 22, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Greg Ronaldson has been crowned the new All Africa Poker King. After an intense and grueling poker marathon Ronaldson, 24, walked away with the Million Rand prize. Piggs Peak Casino, Swaziland will also be flying him to Las Vegas in July 2008, to take up his seat at the coveted World Series of Poker $10,000 Main Event.
Ronaldson has been a regular face on the poker scene and a top finisher at the final tables over the past months, but has not placed higher than the fourth position. He went heads up with Michael Simoes, who finished runner-up at the final table and earned R400,000 and a complimentary package to participate at the World Series of Poker.
Ronaldson, the newest instant poker millionaire, intends to invest his winnings wisely to ensure a solid bank roll to continue to play in future live tournaments. He also hopes to follow in the footsteps of Ray Rahme, the historical US $3 million winner of the most recent African poker legend.
Piggs Peak added to the prize pool by offering another World Series of Poker package to the value of R150,000 to the player who placed third in the Main Event. The honours went to Daniel Callighan, who won R300,000; he will be joining the All Africa Poker Team at the World Series of Poker 2008.
The rest of the players who made the televised final table were Peter Kortleve who finished fourth, Jaco Mouton in fifth, Jaco Storm in sixth, Clyde Sham in seventh, Barry Shum in eighth, Hennie Appel in ninth and Andre Clarke in tenth.
“It was an exciting tournament with 111 entries and totalling 32 hours of play. We also had a great balance with both new and regular players. The lady entrants also proved that there are fists of steel under those velvet gloves”, explained Wendy Graaf, Marketing Manager at Piggs Peak Casino.
“Living up to our reputation of being the richest freeze-out poker tournament in Africa, we are pleased that we could create yet another instant poker millionaire,” continued Graaf.
Bob Masson who went out on the bubble - 11th place, and just missed out on the money was relieved to find out that even through he didn’t make the final table, Piggs Peak had given him a complimentary seat at the 12th All Africa Poker Tournament held from February 28 to March 2, 2008.
In addition to the Main Event, Piggs Peak provided a second chance tournament and cash games for players who were knocked out and spectators. The winner of the second chance tournament, with a prize of R80,000 was legendary Raymond Rahme.
It was a fun weekend of poker, and the freeze-out format of this tournament was enjoyed by all. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back on the 28th of February 2008 for the next All Africa Poker Tournament. In the meantime, keep an eye out for the live footage that will be launched on DSTV Channel 393 soon.
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